Although she grew up around farm animals her entire life, her love for showing goats didn’t spark until her friends influenced her to join FFA. This one small spark has ignited her life with a special love for showing.
Sophomore Hannah Howard joined FFA last year so she would have a class to share with her friends. Her interests have peaked in Ag Forum and goat-showing this year due to the support of her friends and encouragement from her Ag teachers.
“I decided I wanted to be in FFA when I saw the impact it made on upperclassmen,” Howard said. “The life skills they acquired and the friendships they made lured me in, and pretty soon, I was in a first period Principles of Agriculture class my first day of freshman year.”
Howard has competed in many events, like Ag Forum and goat showing, that have all had a different impact on her just this year.
“In FFA, I hope to have more success in Ag Issues Forum and showing goats, as i enjoy doing both,” Howard said.
Ag teacher Michael Perry helps Howard in much of her success. Without his support and the long hours of practice, Howard claims that she wouldn’t have had any success at all.
“Mr. Perry always pushes me to get involved and helps me achieve success in whatever I am doing by making sure my goat is trimmed and making sure my part is learned for Leadership Development Events season,” Howard said. “He has been my biggest supporter and all of the behind the scenes action of the Henderson FFA. It could not run without his help.”
FFA consists of many different people from several backgrounds hoping to gain many skills and make new friends along the way.
“The FFA is not just about becoming a farmer with overalls and a cowboy hat,” Howard said. “The FFA is an organization that helps members grow into leaders, work as a team and learn skills they can use later in life.”
Howard hopes that in future years she can continue to use the skills she has learned through FFA to better herself and she hopes that younger generations are as involved as she is.
“I hope that the Henderson FFA chapter grows more and more as the years go on.,” Howard said. “FFA is one of Henderson’s most valuable organizations, get involved!”
FFA has been a large part of Howard’s high school career between making many friends and learning new skills.
“Through FFA, I have learned how to speak confidently and clearly in front of a group of people, and how to manage my time wisely to balance all my activities,” Howard said. “The friendships, memories, and life skills I have acquired through the FFA are ones I am positive will last a lifetime.”