What dairy or ag-related extracurricular activities are you involved in? I have been a member of FFA for four years. I am serving as the vice president. I am also a Stearns County Dairy Ambassador.

Why are you involved in these activities/organizations, and what is your favorite? I am involved in FFA because of my older brother and sister. They were an inspiration to me. FFA is my favorite organization to be in overall because of everything FFA has taught me and all the connections I have made with amazing people.

Tell us your best experience during your time in these activities/organizations. My favorite memory was this past year’s September meeting. At the meeting, more than 40 members were present. We had pizza, lemonade and great conversations before and after the meeting. I always had a small fear FFA would dwindle over the years, but looking over the crowd of people I knew the future for Albany FFA will be bright.

What is your favorite social media? Snapchat because it is an easy way to make group chats to discuss projects and plans to hang out with friends. Getting someone’s snap is easier than getting their number.

What are your career aspirations? I am undecided what I want to do after high school. When I graduate high school, I am going to explore careers and take on internships in fields related to agriculture, math and science.

What is something you have learned from being involved in these activities/organizations? FFA has taught me something that nothing else could have; leadership is more than just a title. I know that earning the position of vice president doesn’t make me any greater than any other member. I and my fellow officers are who makes the positions great. We are all equal. Leadership is being humble no matter the number of accomplishments. Leadership is showing passion to make that passion grow in others. Leadership is putting in the extra effort and always giving more than receiving.

Who do you look up to? I wouldn’t be where I am in my FFA career if it was not for my FFA advisors Duane Lichy and Amy Schneider. They have always pushed me to do my best and supported me through the obstacles FFA has thrown at me. Mrs. Schneider is always up to trying new ideas, and I look up to her as a prominent woman in agriculture.

Tell us something about yourself that many people do not know. When I was in elementary school, I would look at a silo and notice the rings that hold the silo together. On the rings there are connectors that looked like handles to little me. Thinking to myself, ‘Those look like what would be on a rock climbing wall,’ I was determined to climb up. I knew Mom and Dad would not like me climbing them so I waited until both of them were in the barn. Finally my opportunity came. I took a deep breath, looked up the silo and started climbing. It was not long before Dad came out to find me high enough up the silo that I was out of his reach.

Tell us some of your duties on the farm. In the morning before I go to school, I feed the cows in the barn and sometimes the cattle outside. I love feeding outside right now because I pet our bull, Benny. When I get home from school, I help with evening chores. In the spring and summer months, I pick rocks and do field work for hay. This was the first year I hauled boxes for silage, and driving through the mud is a great first experience. In the shop, I help Dad with anything that needs to be built, fixed or repaired.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be and how would you change it? One thing I would change in this world would be world hunger. The food is not getting to where it needs to go. Even in America, where food is more than plentiful, many children are not getting the nutrients they need. In other countries, they are fighting for food resources. It would take decades of laborious effort to solve world hunger, and there is no definite solution. I myself would not be able to come up with the solution. Food shelves have already been trying to help people get the food they need, but they are not able to get to everyone. A good place to start solving world hunger would be here at home.