Name: Rebecca Shaw
Age and school: 17, senior at Williamsburg High School
Family: Mom, Karen; dad, Steve; sisters, Erin, 27, and Emily, 15; brother, Tyler, 13
Years involved with FFA: four
Amount of time spent on FFA: We have four bus trips each year, and I spend a good three months on a project book - that's what takes most of my time. FFA is a year-round thing for me.
FFA projects: My main goal is dairy animals. I raise them, I show them and I judge them.
Favorite FFA memory: Two years ago I traveled to Europe for two weeks and visited six different countries. I judged animals over there and got to sightsee and learn about how [other countries] deal with agriculture.
FFA accomplishments: My freshman year I won a speaking contest. That kind of sparked my interest in talking a lot. My junior year I was president of [the Williamsburg] FFA. That was pretty cool.
How has FFA prepared you for your future aspirations: I'll be attending Penn State University Park for ag education and then hopefully continue on to law school. I want to end up in [Washington] D.C. FFA has really helped me with contests like public speaking. Dairy judging has helped me memorize things. I've met a lot of people that have given me a lot good contacts for things.
Quote: "People look at FFA like it's a bunch of hicks and farmers. It's a lot of fun. I've gotten to go to a lot of places because of it and I've made a lot of lifelong friends."