SAE: Crop Production, Beef Cattle Production, Agricultural Blog
Previous Officer Positions: Lakewood and Southeast Region President
College/University: Sampson Community College, Liberty University
Career Goal: Public Relations Representative
My FFA journey began my freshman year as I competed in the North Carolina FFA Creed Speaking Leadership Development Event. After placing first in the state, I knew that I wanted to remain immersed in the sea of blue corduroy jackets. While FFA was where I began, I soon fell in love with the agricultural education courses that accompany it. My agriculture teachers remained excited about animals, plants, and agricultural mechanisms and their vigor is what kept me engaged in this life changing organization.
This year, as the North Carolina FFA State President, I hope to grow leaders,strengthen agriculture, and build communities. As simple as these three goals seem, they are a platform that will guarantee success not just for the agricultural industry, but for the entire world.
I started my FFA journey during my freshman year of high school by taking Agriscience and becoming my chapter's treasurer. This led me to start participating in CDEs such as Tool ID and Forestry. These CDEs are what kept me involved in FFA—they introduced me to so many experiences and new faces. FFA kept me engaged by enabling me to experience growth in premier leadership, personal growth, and career success.
I look forward to meeting FFA members across the state and helping them know that they belong and are represented. I am pumped to serve the North Carolina FFA Association and hear all of your stories and share mine with each of you.
Chapter: West Rowan
SAE: Agricultural Education, Discover Ag Day, Middle/Highschool Workshops, Special Education
Previous Officer Positions: West Rowan and Southwest Region FFA President
College/University: North Carolina State University
Major: Agricultural Education
Career Goal: To become an Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor at a high school in North Carolina
I transferred to West Rowan High School in the agriculture academy in order to pursue a better education and more opportunities. After being placed in my agriculture courses, I found something I was truly passionate about and wanted to advocate for. My FFA Chapter became my home and gave me a family like none other. Afterwards, I was able to stay engaged through my advisor's encouragement to get involved in various areas of the organization. I took an extreme liking to Career Development Events and Leadership Conferences. My involvement in these events eventually led me to my future career as an Agricultural Educator.
This year I hope to connect with the NCFFA family on a more personal level by utilizing new platforms in order to expand the Association's reach. Overall, I hope to be a positive influence in the lives of others as I serve this year.
SAE: Worked as a cashier at ‘Meadow Lights’ which is a seasonal agritourism Christmas light display and candy store in Eastern North Carolina
Previous Officer Positions: Chapter President, Southeast Regional Vice President
College: North Carolina State University
Major: Agricultural Business Management
Career Goal: I strive to work at a large agricultural company like the North Carolina Farm Bureau and do something specifically promoting the agriculture industry
Both of my sisters were active FFA members when they were in high school and served as chapter officers, so I joined my freshman year and went to all the events that my chapter offered. Once I joined FFA, I found an organization that I fit right into, the officers in my chapter were very welcoming and made me feel like I had a reason to be in FFA. Once I went to a few FFA events outside of the chapter, I saw all the opportunities that North Carolina FFA gives to students inside and outside of the classroom.
As an NC FFA State officer this year, I hope that I get the chance to inform FFA members from all across the state about all of the opportunities that our organization has to offer. I also hope that along the way I have the opportunity to educate people who don’t know a lot of information about agriculture and tell them why our industry is so important.
SAE: Manage the family farm
Previous Officer Positions: Union High School chapter president and Sampson Federation President
College: East Carolina University
Career Goal: Business Owner
I started my FFA journey during my first semester of high school when I took Agriscience Applications. I then competed in the creed speaking Leadership Development Event my freshman year, and I immediately fell in love with FFA. After creed speaking, I knew that I wanted to continue to be a part of FFA. I then competed in prepared public speaking and parliamentary procedure. I stayed motivated by serving as a chapter officer for three years.
This year I am excited to serve the great state of North Carolina as a state Vice President. My goal this year is to have a positive impact on North Carolina’s FFA members by sharing my FFA story and my passion for agriculture!
Chapter: South Rowan
SAE: Strawberry Production Research
Previous Officer Positions: Chapter President and Southwest Regional Treasurer
College: NC State University
Major: Agriculture Education with a concentration and minor in Animal Science
Career Goal: To help bridge the gap between producers and consumers by educating the community about the agricultural industry and opportunities available within it.
My journey in FFA began in room 332 at South Rowan High School where I took agriscience applications. At this point in my life, I had no clue what an impact the National FFA Organization or my agriculture teachers would have on my life. My teachers encouraged me to pursue officer positions and to participate in the Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event. It was through the bonds I built with my teammates, and the skills that I gained that made me fall even more in love with the blue jacket. Ever since that first day in class, I have continued to grow in my agricultural knowledge and leadership skills with the help of many influential people.
One of my goals as one of your 2020-2021 NC FFA State Officers is to help our members grow, achieve, learn, and succeed just as many past state officers have done for me.