Age and school: 16, junior at Tyrone Area High School
Family: Parents, Scott and Teri; three brothers, William, 13, who recently joined FFA showing market goats; Scott, 7; Steve, 5.
Years involved with FFA: Two
Amount of time spent on FFA:
I raise market lambs, market goats and breeding sheep, and I also show horses. I love the horse projects, but the market lamb also really interests me. It's like a 24-hour job. I compete in public speaking and did an ag mechanics contest this year where I learned how to use tools, identify different equipment and studied different types of wood.
FFA accomplishments: This year, I received the chapter degree in agriscience. Last year, I received my Greenhand Degree in ag production. My adviser chooses two students in each degree who exceed in those areas of agriculture. We just went to state days and competed in the state championships, and our team got 21st in the state. I placed 68th out of 300 members individually in horse judging.
How has FFA prepared you for your future aspirations: I'd like to attend Penn State and then apply for veterinary school for large animals. It helps me out a lot with wanting to be a veterinarian. It shows my leadership skills; it helps me talk with people I don't really know much; and being a veterinarian, you need those skills. Being in agricultural science classes will help me out with the science part of veterinary school.
Quote: "It's about the agriculture of our state and this country. Agriculture is a very big production, and without it we wouldn't be here, really."