Wednesday, December 5, 2012

FFA Member of the Week: Kindling the Fire of Leadership

FFA Member of the Week

Name:  Kyle Polzin
FFA Chapter:  Glencoe-Silver Lake
Grade in School:  12th
Favorite Color:  Orange
Fun Fact:  Is allergic to rye, wheat, oats, and barley (known as Celiac Disease)

It was while sitting in his first agricultural class at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School when Kyle Polzin's interest in FFA was sparked.  After that, it didn't take much persuasion from his Agricultural Education teacher and friends and Kyle was well on his way to being a dedicated and self motivated FFA member.  He remembered hearing about the amazing opportunities that FFA had from his mom and couldn't wait to be involved.  It only took attending one chapter FFA meeting, and he was hooked!

Kyle didn't wait to further his involvement and practically hit the ground running when it came to taking advantage every opportunity to reach his full potential.  He has competed in numerous Career Development Events including Dairy Foods, Crops, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Creed Speaking.  Serving as the Chapter Sentinel and currently the Chapter President as well as attending both State and National FFA Convention has shown him how he, and everyone else, can truly have an impact on this world.  He has committed his time to his FFA Chapter and community, and is definitely making his mark.

This enthusiastic FFA member understands the definition of HARD work and TEAM work and believes in leading by example.  This is why Kyle does what ever he can to instill the fire of leadership in the minds of younger students and assist them in bringing out their passion for FFA.  Kyle has played a key role in helping his chapter improve, grow, and expand in a few different ways.

With a lot of help from his FFA Advisor and officer team, Kyle was able to get a 7th and 8th grade FFA program started!  He is overjoyed to see this being put into place because young members will be entering high school with an open mind and excitement for FFA!  The early exposure to Agricultural Education and FFA can only make the chapter stronger as a whole.

Another project Kyle has been heavily involved in helping his community form the Glencoe-Silver Lake Agri-Boosters, which is similar to an Alumni FFA Chapter.  The Glencoe-Silver Lake Boosters is a vital asset the FFA Chapter and will be able to provide support in the coming years.  Whether it is pulling the FFA float in their homecoming parade or providing transportation to State FFA Leadership Conferences--Kyle can't wait to see how the partnership grows.

Kyle is also very goal oriented and loves to help his FFA Chapter set goals that push them to exceed expectations.  He his hoping to lead everyone to new heights by completing the National Chapter Award and participating in MN FFA's Agricultural Literacy Challenge.  Increasing the number of Career Development Event teams that compete at the state level, plus continuing to increase fundraising efforts are also on his to-do list this year.

Kyle is unafraid of a challenge and has a heart of service.  He recognizes his talents and is using them for the betterment of his FFA Chapter and its members.  He serves as an inspiration for the incoming members and lives out the definition of leadership each and every day.

Congratulations to Kyle Polzin for serving with a purpose in mind, leading his chapter to greatness, and being the FFA Member of the Week!

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