Isabella Stroebel, Kuna FFA Chapter
Hi! I’m Isabella Stroebel, I am 15, I go to Kuna High School, and I just finished my freshman year in high school.
As I joined FFA this year, I was so shy, and quiet. I didn't want to do anything. But sitting in the back of my Ag class on the first day, I was listening to my advisor, Mr. Dygert, talk about everything I could possibly do; participating in the creed speaking contest, going to numerous leadership conferences, meeting new people, competing in Parliamentary Procedure, getting to speak and even more. All of that sounded amazing! So the very next day I paid my dues so I could do these things. I ended up participating in the creed speaking contest, going to the 212/360 Leadership Conference, taking the Greenhand Knowledge test, and I even going to the State Leadership Conference.
Despite all these moments, the one I would say is being on the Novice Parliamentary Procedure Leadership Development team. I was the chairman on this team, and I worked very hard and always did my best. My team and I worked hard and ended up placing first at the district event. As my team went on to state, we studied and practiced as hard as we possibly could. Working with my team was the best experience I have had this whole year. My teammates were hard working and we became great friends. As I found out that we placed in the top five, I was so happy. We lined up on stage and I was shaking from head to toe. My team placed third in the state and I was thrilled at how amazing we did! Then- another amazing thing happened.
They announced the individual winner for high chair person and I was shocked when they said ‘from Kuna, Isabella Stroebel’. It felt like all my hard work had paid off, and I was so excited that I have accomplished something so big. I never would have thought I would achieve something this amazing, considering I was the shy girl in the back of the class at the beginning of the year. However, as I finished my freshman year and looked back at all the things I have done, that moment of realizing that hard work does pay off, was the best by far.
FFA has shown me so many amazing things and skills and has given me the opportunity to get out of my shell. FFA is the best thing that has happened to me in a long time, and I am thankful that I have the opportunity to be in such an amazing organization.