Get to Know Your National FFA Officers

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Q. What kinds of fundraisers did your FFA chapter do?

Brian: My chapter’s major fundraiser was fruit and meat sales. It was always a great experience unloading fruit during the cold winter weather and delivering it to our customers. Additionally, our chapter held an annual plant sale.

Mitch: Kick for Cash! People buy tickets for the chance to kick a field goal at halftime of every home football game. If they make the kick, a local sponsor gives them a gigantic check and a hat.

Wes: Noticing local farmers needed a way to sell their old equipment, our chapter started an equipment auction. Tons of local farmers bring in their equipment, spend all day auctioning it in the hot sun, and the FFA chapter receives a portion of the sales. It was the perfect way to match a community need with a fundraiser.

Steven: Fruit sales for days!

Jackson: My chapter sells citrus each year to support most of our chapter programs. We also cook Boston butts in the fall for our barbecue fundraiser that helps chapter members make the trip to the National FFA Convention & Expo.

Jason: We always held an annual plant sale where students sold the plants they either transplanted or took care of while in class. We also do a dessert auction at our annual banquet.

Q. Just for fun! Would you rather be attacked by a horse-sized duck or five duck-sized horses? 

Brian: Definitely five duck-sized horses. They wouldn’t have anything on the skills I learned from two weeks of karate when I was 8 years old.

Mitch: Five duck-sized horses. At least then I can enjoy five times the horse majesty. That’d be the most majestic beat down ever.

Wes: Five duck-sized horses! I could catch them and start a petting zoo!!

Steven: Five duck-sized horses, because they are small and adorable.

Jackson: Definitely a horse-sized duck. I feel that it would be of more use to me if I could tame it and harness its duck power.

Jason: Easy. Five duck-sized horses. I would go all “John Wayne-McLintock” on them and tame ‘em down. Then I would craft a duck-sized horse carriage they would pull around, and I would go on the road as a farm-circus act.

Q. What advice have you received for your year as a national FFA officer?

Brian: My agriculture teacher once told me that if you’re trying to be someone you’re not, the best you can be is second. That thought has stuck with me for many years and has proven time and time again that when we shine in our own ways, we can do anything.

Mitch: Former national officers advised me to take lots of pictures, write in my journal as much as I can and be real.

Wes: I’ve been told to live in this moment and cherish every second – it goes by way too fast.

Steven: My favorite advice was to do the little things to make someone’s day. That could be passing along a book you just read, leaving someone a sticky note just to say you appreciate them or paying for the next person’s meal at the McDonald’s drive-thru.

Jackson: “Soak it all in.” We all know time flies when you’re having fun. I am taking my predecessors’ advice and focusing on being present in each moment, journaling and bonding with my teammates to take in the experience of this year as fully as possible.

Jason: My Grandma Dorothy is the light of my life, and she told me something pretty simple that will stick with me for a long time: “Be honest, truthful and kind. Look out for other people. If you can do that, I think you’ll be alright.”

Wes: I’ve been told to live in this moment and cherish every second – it goes by way too fast.