Syd is JUMPING for FFA!

What are you most excited about for your state officer year?

I am most excited to get to know Idaho FFA members! From what I’ve experienced already, you guys are pretty awesome and I can’t wait to spend my year with all of you. I am also really excited to learn more about agriculture in Idaho!

What college, major, and future career are you planning?

Starting this fall I will be attending the University of Idaho where I will be studying agriculture communications and leadership. I am not set on what exact career I want, but I know it will be within the agriculture industry.

Tell about a meaningful experience you have had in FFA?

Participating in the agriculture communications career development event was one of the most meaningful experiences I have had in FFA. This competition helped me realize the endless options of career opportunities in the agriculture industry. Competing at the national level really was a great experience, but also helped me discover my own potential.

What do you do outside of FFA?

Throughout high school, outside of FFA I was involved in several other activities like; cross country, basketball, track, yearbook, and FCA. When I’m with my friends, we are either going on runs together, swimming , or playing sand volleyball. In the summer you can find me on the lake, out on the trails, or just in the mountains!

What is your SAE Project?

For the past four years, my SAE project has been operating a lawn care business. My sister and I would work about three days every week, mowing a trimming yards around the Treasure Valley. Along with my lawn care business, last year I raised and showed two lambs for the Western Idaho Fair. I’m grateful for both of my SAE projects, as I have learned a lot from them!

What is your mission for the year?

My mission for this year is to help members find their own passion in this organization. And of course a HUGE part of my mission is to have FUN with Idaho FFA members!

Is there something else you would like FFA members to know about you?

I love running, donuts (specifically Krispy Kreme glazed donuts), and if you can’t tell already... I have a thing for jumping pics!


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Hey Howdy Hey, It's Katie from Idaho FFA!

What are you most excited about for your state officer year?

I am most excited to learn about leadership and service from the FFA members all around Idaho! I love hearing all of your reasons for joining FFA and for serving those around you. I know that every Idaho FFA member will inspire and motivate me this year, and I cannot wait to see what our state can accomplish.

What college, major, and future career are you planning?

This fall, I will be attending the University of Idaho to study Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. After graduating from the U of I, I plan to attend law school and hope to pursue a career in politics. While those plans may not stay the same, I aim to create positive change wherever I go and whatever I do in the world.

Tell about a meaningful experience you have had in FFA?

The most meaningful FFA experience I have had in FFA was serving as a chairman for Kuna FFA’s Agricultural Exposition. I was able to watch thousands of first and second graders experience agriculture for the first time ever. I saw dozens of FFA members come out of their shells to teach these little kids about livestock and crop science. That was when it really hit home for me that agriculture is for everyone and FFA makes a positive difference in so many lives.

What do you do outside of FFA?

In my high school career, along with FFA, I was involved in National Honor Society, the National Science Quiz Bowl, and Track and Field. I love to stay active and get outdoors by weightlifting, kayaking, hiking, and camping. I also enjoy reading, spending time with my friends and family, and singing (very badly and just as loudly) in the car.

What is your SAE Project?

For my first few years in FFA, my SAE project consisted of studying for several different CDEs and LDEs - I tackled everything from Meats Evaluation to Parliamentary Procedure to Soils Judging to Extemporaneous Speaking. But as a senior in FFA, I realized that I did not want to miss out on experiencing agriculture firsthand. So, I am currently raising a pig named Chicharones to show at the Western Idaho Fair this summer!

What is your mission for the year?

This year, I hope to help as many people as possible - FFA members and beyond - discover their passions for agriculture. FFA and the agricultural industry are diverse communities that all too often go unnoticed. I hope to break down the barriers of misinformation and stereotypes to show everyone that agriculture is not something to fear, it is something to support and love.

Is there something else you would like FFA members to know about you?

I am the middle child of three daughters, so I can be stubborn if needed! I also love new food and new music, so send suggestions my way (:

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Herm in the Sun

What are you most excited about for your state officer year?

I’m super excited to be able to have the opportunity to grow on a personal level and help others grow as well. I just want to enjoy all the fun times and memories I’ll have with various FFA members. I love meeting and interacting with new people, and I want everyone to know that they have a friend on the state officer team.


What college, major, and future career are you planning?

After I finish my year of service, I plan on attending Utah State University in the Fall of 2020. I would like to major in Agribusiness and/or Food Science & Technology. After I graduate with a Bachelor’s degree, I plan on finding a job that’s related to agriculture in some way or another.


Tell about a meaningful experience you have had in FFA?

District Officer Training was one of the most influential experiences I’ve had while in FFA. I remember going into it a little apprehensive. By the end of it, I never wanted to leave. I met other students my age that reciprocate the same passion I felt for the FFA organization. I made lifelong friendships and made real connections with the other members. The workshops were very inspiring, and I left with a new love for leadership. After that experience, I realized the importance of embracing the opportunities you have where you’re able to get out of your comfort zone.


What do you do outside of FFA?

Throughout my high school career, I was involved in several other clubs. I participated in Key Club, National Honors Society, and Sources of Strength. I was also in Student Government and played in the local musical’s Pit Orchestra for five years. I like playing volleyball, reading, and I especially love eating new foods.


What is your SAE Project?

For my SAE project, I decided to choose Dairy Production! I work on my family’s organic dairy farm in Southeast Idaho. From moving pipe to feeding Holsteins, most of my time is spent outside under the summer sun with my siblings. It’s been awesome having a direct connection to agriculture and developing an immense appreciation for farming.


What is your mission for the year?

My mission is to make sure that every Idaho FFA member feels like they belong and that they have a spot within our association. I want to help everyone I come into contact with recognize their own potential and help them activate their skills, talents, and abilities to help them excel. I want members to feel heard, loved, and needed. I want to be an effective leader by first being an effective friend.


Is there something else you would like FFA members to know about you?

The only thing bigger than my love for FFA is my height. Yes, I’m tall, approximately 6’4. My favorite color is brown. I have a large family; there’s eight of us total.


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Shalani by the Plow

What are you most excited about for your state officer year?

Traveling around the state and interacting with members! I love seeing how other chapters do things and meeting new people. I am also so excited to learn more about Idaho agriculture, especially from areas further away from my hometown.


What college, major, and future career are you planning?

I am taking a gap year this year to be able to spend more time serving the members of Idaho FFA. In the fall of 2020, I will be attending the College of Southern Idaho to study Animal Science. It is my hope to focus on Animal Nutrition and with that degree become a Large Animal Nutritionist.


Tell about a meaningful experience you have had in FFA?

One of my most meaningful experiences was being able to introduce my sister, Kiana Wilcox (Idaho FFA State Treasurer 2009-2010), for her retiring address. At the time I was only 9 years old, and going up on stage terrified me. When I was up there, though, I could see how excited all the members were, and that got me excited about joining FFA when I got older. That experience has stuck with me throughout my entire FFA career, and it reminds me why I continue to be engaged in the program.


What do you do outside of FFA?

I live on a farm and ranch raising beef cattle and growing grain, potatoes, and hay. I spend a lot of time working and being with my family. We love riding our horses, camping, hiking, snowboarding, skeet shooting, and just spending time up in the mountains where our cows graze for the summer. I am also very involved in my church, and I enjoy spending time with my friends.


What is your SAE Project?

Since I live on a farm and ranch, I have the opportunity to work - especially during the summer when I fix fence, check water, vaccinate calves, and help move the cattle. In addition to my job working with the cows, I also own eight head of SimAngus composite bred cows/calves. I have also shown steers for the last three years at the Madison County Fair, and I drive truck during potato harvest in the fall.

What is your mission for the year?

My mission is to really step out of my comfort zone to grow as an individual. Through my enthusiasm I also hope to encourage other members to step out of their own comfort zones and become the best version of themselves.

Is there something else you would like FFA members to know about you?

I love cheesy jokes and ice cream. No matter how cold it is or how full I am, there is always room for ice cream. The only way to make that ice cream better is to laugh at a cheesy joke while eating it :)

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