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Amelia Hayden - President
Big Foot FFA Chapter
ahayden@wisconsinffa.org
Supervised Agricultural Experience:
I have had two SAEs over the course of my FFA experience. The first was agriscience research. I was able to design my own research projects on agriculture topics that I was interested in and competed in the Agriscience Fair competition through FFA. The second was agriculture education, where I worked with my FFA chapter and county extension to put together ag literacy programs for the community.
What was your favorite FFA opportunity that you participated in?
Picture this: you walk into a building, ready to volunteer your time with a few other FFA members, and find yourself tasked with sorting onions into bags for a food bank. While sorting onions may not be how I pictured spending my time that Monday, that experience led me to find some of my favorite events in FFA. That was my job during the Wisconsin FFA Day of Service, which happens the Monday before state FFA convention each year. I had an incredible experience getting to talk with members from other chapters, helping others, and then getting to re-meet up with my chapter to participate in the Rally to Fight Hunger, where we packaged meals for the Madison community. My chapter started a competition to see who could package the most mac and cheeses between our two tables. This experience at the Day of Service encouraged me to keep getting involved in community service events back home at the chapter level. So if you want to make some friends, help others, and have some friendly competition, ask your advisor to register you for the Wisconsin FFA Day of Service when State Convention comes around! In the meantime, keep serving others in your communities with your chapter - you never know how you'll impact someone just by serving them.
What was your favorite holiday tradition growing up?
While I am an only child, our Christmas celebrations were actually really large growing up. My dad is the oldest of 9 children, and everyone comes back to Sharon, WI for Christmas each year. When I was little, I used to be in charge of handing out the presents to everyone on Christmas day. My family has a rule that we open gifts one at a time around the circle - so we start with me handing one gift out to each person, and then when all 35ish people have opened up their gift, we do a round 2. Technically, I think the handing out gifts job was supposed to transfer to someone else once I got older, but I have loved the job so much that I kept it! I love giving to others, so it always makes me super happy to be able to pass around gifts to each person and make sure everyone receives something. And I of course never miss baking Christmas cookies, taking my little cousins sledding and ice skating, or hanging up everyone's stockings. Have a great holiday season spending time with the people you care about!
Looking to the future, what is one goal you have for the rest of your year serving as a state FFA officer?
My goal is to get to meet as many Wisconsin FFA members as possible. Through being a state officer, I have met so many incredible members - your stories, random jokes, and goals inspire me to be the best leader I can be. You are all by far my favorite part of being a state officer, and I plan to continue being inspired by your authenticity and kindness. So what does meeting FFA members look like? I'll see you at conferences, competitions, and state convention. But, also please to invite me to any of your chapter events! I would love to attend anything and everything! Even if you think it's a small event or just a chapter meeting, it will be worth any drive to meet and learn from you all!