Elsberry FFA Member SPOTLIGHT
Parents: Andy and Joan Calvin
FFA Chapter: Elsberry FFA
FFA Advisors: Mr. Jason Vandivort, Mr. George Neiters, and Mr. Mike McCrory
How are you involved in agriculture?
I am involved in agriculture by raising hogs. I tend and care to my pigs so that I can show them at various jackpot shows and the Lincoln County Fair. I also have raised chickens. When raising chickens I used the eggs collected to sell throughout my neighborhood so I could help others. Raising flowers is a big part of what I do as well. Transplanting, watering, and fertilizing are the things I do to make sure my multiple types of flowers grow bright and beautiful so I can show them at the fair.
How are you involved with FFA?
I am very active with my FFA chapter. I am currently serving as the 2014-2015 chapter secretary. I have participated on multiple contest teams; knowledge, and livestock judging. I help with different activities to help my community such as Operation Christmas Kindness, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, trash pick-up, and PALS. The biggest involvement I have with FFA is the hours I volunteer to help my advisors, as well as other members within my chapter.
What is your Supervised Agriculture Experience Program?
My SAE is Agriscience Integrated Systems Research. This consisted of me conducting an agriculture education survey to get a better idea of where agriculture knowledge truly stands with individuals today. I sent my survey to various types of people; rural, suburban, urban people, women, men and even children. With all the various answers received I was able to see where agriculture education is strong as well as weak. I then used this information to communicate with other agriculture educators to help better our future generations’ knowledge.
What is your favorite FFA memory?
My favorite FFA memory is attending the Missouri FFA State Convention. This is a trip where I have grown closer to members, gaining friendships that I would have never thought I would have. At State Convention I participated on a contest team where I can represent not only myself, but my FFA Chapter at the state level. I was fortunate to receive my first Proficiency Award at the 2014 convention as well.
What are your future plans?
After high school I would like to continue school at Lindenwood University, where I will major in elementary education. I want to be a 1st-2nd grade teacher. I enjoy working with younger children, as well as teaching them new things to help better their futures.