State Officer Blog

“In this classroom…”

The sign on the door to enter Ms. Bull's classroom says:   In this classroom, You are kind You are a leader  You are respected You are valued You are teachable You are loved Ms. Bull, an agricultural educator at Dallas High School, has created an environment in her...

Five Second Moments

Well, It’s official, we have just entered the busiest time of the year. This time last year, things felt like they were going a mile a minute. Between basketball season, deciding to run for state office, LDE season, college and scholarship applications, and the...

Rods, Reels, and Blessings

It was a warm November afternoon, the Central Oregon sun was shining, a soft breeze was blowing, and birds were chirping. This was one of those fall days that take you back to summertime and almost make you forget about the cold winter that is quickly approaching. It...

How do you do it?

Five minute phone calls with family during a hustle from one stop to another. Sleepless nights balancing the day’s to-dos. Driving, driving, and more driving. Showing up to school with bags under your eyes but still being ready to face the day.  These are some of the...

Steak Dinners

It’s 6:00 a.m., 34 degrees outside, and you’re about to immerse into the freezing Walton Lake. As you take the first step into 48-degree water, you have three options: complain about how cold it is, don’t say anything at all, or view this tradition as an opportunity...

What is the Best Way to Eat an Elephant?

At the start of this year, I had no clue what the next twelve months would look like. Life had brought some big changes my way, I wasn’t sure what I should study after I graduated, and the only direction my feet faced was the future, though I wanted to run into the...

Just Love

There are many different definitions of love we all practice everyday, the definition I live by is one found in scripture. 1 Corinthians 13 says love is patient, kind, it doesn’t envy or boast, it isn’t arrogant, rude, or insists on its own way, and it’s not...

Become a Beginner Again

For as long as I can remember, I have always disliked not knowing the answer to a question. In school I was always one of the first students to throw my hand into the air, even if I wasn’t really sure what the answer was, simply because I was dying to be the first...

Prepping for Success

It finally feels real. All of the trainings we have attended in the last three months have been referencing the point in the year when we finally get to serve the members of Oregon FFA. We had talked about how excited we were to write workshops for Leadership Camps or...

An Industry and a Community

If the beginning of May was a glimpse into what the rest of the year could be like, let me tell you, this is going to be a great year. This month, the team and I had the opportunity to go through an impactful week-long training in Sunriver called “Basecamp”...

Small Significant Moments

Jump back in time with me to 30 days ago: it was the night before the 95th Oregon FFA State Convention started, and I was nervously preparing. Tomorrow would be a day full of interviews, connections, and long-lasting memories. Fast forward to the end of convention: I...

Cultivating Gratitude

We’ve all had those rough moments in life where we ask ourselves, “Why is this happening to me?” When we ask ourselves this question, we tend to only respond with negative answers. In the moment it’s hard to think of the positive things that can come from it.  Growing...