Wednesday, November 28, 2012

FFA Member of the Week: Zombies, Speeches, and FFA!

There are over 9500 ambitious and enthusiastic FFA members in the state of Minnesota.  We are thankful for everything that these talented and driven FFA members do to improve their chapter, serve their community, increase agricultural literacy, and promote leadership.  This is why our team has decided to start something NEW and EXCITING to recognize some of your amazing accomplishments!  We are all looking forward to starting this new tradition!  So here it is....

......DRUM ROLL PLEASE......

FFA Member of the Week

Name:  Katie Anderson
FFA Chapter:  Minnewaska
Grade in School:  11th grade
Favorite Color:  Lime Green
Fun Fact:  Loves being outdoors with friends!

Katie Anderson got her first taste of FFA when she got to try on her mother's blue corduroy FFA jacket at the age of 6 and grew up hearing stories from her mother's experiences in FFA.  She was inspired to one day have her very own FFA jacket with her name stitched into the fabric and the emblem proudly displayed on the back.  So in the 8th grade, the first thing she did was become a member so she could become a leader and discover new opportunities.

Since joining FFA, Katie has loved being involved in several Career Development Events as well as serving as a Chapter FFA Officer.  She is even currently serving as a Region III FFA Officer!  She has attended both State and National FFA Convention.  Her favorite FFA experiences so far include attending FFA camps.  She has been to both SGLC and SLCCL!

Katie always loved visiting her grandparent's farm and lending a helping hand when she could, but she has brought her passion for agriculture, agricultural education, and FFA to a new level!

In order to gain support more support for Minnewaska's FFA chapter and Agricultural Education program from her community and school district, Katie has done a quite a few really amazing things!

For Halloween, Katie and a couple friends decided to dress up as FFA zombies!  Instead of going around asking for candy, she and her friends handed out information about FFA and Agricultural Education in Minnewaska and told community members how important both are to her and the students in Minnewaska.  Talk about being true advocates!

Katie has coordinated meetings with her school board and Mr. Joel Larsen, the MN State FFA Advisor, to help them understand and recognize the benefits of agricultural education and FFA.  She has also written speeches about FFA and how it has impacted her life, and prepares to present them to her school board.  Always telling her FFA story to anyone that will listen!

Katie carries the spirit of FFA with her where ever she goes and does what she can to keep communication strong between students, community members, and FFA members to keep her FFA chapter alive.  In the future, she aspires to one day become a MN State FFA Officer as well as becoming an Agricultural Education teacher so she can continue the FFA tradition and do what she loves!

Congratulations to Katie Anderson for all of her accomplishments and innovative ideas, and to being the FFA Member of the Week!


  1. Love! Way to represent region 3 and Minnewaska Katie! I'm blessed to call you a friend and teammate!