Wednesday, February 20, 2013

FFA Member of the Week: Strides Toward Success

FFA Member of the Week

Name:  Erin Wicker

FFA Chapter:  Kimball
Grade in School:  12th grade
Favorite Color:  Green
Fun Fact:  Erin loves to paint in her free time!

Erin has been an excited and active FFA member for a few years, but where did her FFA career first start?  She has always had an interest in agriculture, and with some encouragement from her brother, Erin quickly found her place in FFA.  Her FFA Advisor pushed her to be more involved and she couldn't wait to get involved in the Small Animals Career Development Event.  Little did she know, there were so many opportunities waiting for her.

Whether it was honing her professional skills in the Job Interview CDE, or learning what it means to be a leader as the Chapter President or a Region V Officer--Erin has immersed herself in the organization.  She has also been involved in the Livestock and Horse Judging, and Soils CDE.  Both State and Region Camps have been some of her favorite activities in FFA, along with volunteering at the CHS Miracle of Birth Center.  All of these experiences have allowed her to make friends from across the state, increase her self confidence, and set goals.

Erin has loved her involvement in FFA and wants to what she can to make sure other students are provided the same opportunities. 

Social media and the web have become a popular way to promote FFA, Agriculture, and Agricultural Education.  To follow this trend, Erin has played a leading role in developing a website and Facebook for her FFA Chapter.  Writing a newsletter has also been an effective way for communicating her chapter's events, achievements, and successes. 

Another way of being involved in her community is through volunteering at Project ASTRIDE, a therapeutic riding center for individuals effected by a disability.  She has been a part of Project ASTRIDE since the age of 16 as looks forward to continuing her involvement.  Community service is important to Erin and this is a perfect way for her to combine her love for agriculture and the equine industry, and her passion for helping others.

Erin is a humble, hardworking, fun-loving, and spirited FFA member that has truly embodied the things that FFA stands for.  The impact she makes in her community and FFA Chapter through service and dedication is irreplaceable.  She leads by example and lives out her words through heart filled actions.  In the future she looks forward to combine her experiences and loves to eventually become a veterinarian after studying at South Dakota State University.  She is also interested in possibly coming back to run the family farm!

Congratulations to MN FFA's newest FFA Member of the Week!

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