I joined FFA mostly because of the encouragement from former President, Kelsey Graber. I also wanted to have a new group of friends starting out my freshman year. I knew that joining FFA would get me involved with a new crowd, and hopefully I would come to gain new friends. I''ve accomplished just that. I have met many new people through CDE''s and various events. These friendships are some that will last me throughout the short remainder of my high school career, and beyond. Another reason I chose to join FFA was because it was a choice that most people didn''t expect from me. I thought that if I took an ag class and enjoyed it a lot, I could help recruit new members and show them that ag isn''t just sows, cows, and plows.
I can''t say that one specific person has the greatest impact on my life. My friends and family members all impact me, and as a whole have contributed to shape me into who I am today. My sister, Casey Cotner, has helped me through rough patches multiple times. When I don''t feel comfortable consulting my friends about something, I can always turn to my big sister for help. My grandmother, Barbara Ferguson, passed away over six years ago, but I still consider her to play a huge role in my life. My grandma taught me a lot in the short amount of time that she was with us, and I will never forget her bubbly personality.
Chosing one aspect of FFA to be my favorite was always a tough task until summer of 2010. In June, 2010, I boarded a charter bus with fellow Heyworth FFA officer team member, Megan Bloemer, and we set out for our country''s capitol. Washington Leadership Conference really was a life altering experience. I learned so much not only about our country, but about our world. The FFA experience as a whole has been amazing, and I wouldn''t trade it for anything!