Gretchen Corson got to know FFA, and it brought out the ag in her.

The Kingsland junior has been in FFA since seventh grade. 

“I wanted to be more involved in agriculture-related activities, and I wanted to get to know more people at Kingsland,” she stated.

She has been a very busy member of the Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA chapter, having participated in many activities, including Partners in Active Learning Support (PALS), summer garden, Career Development Events (CDE) and the corn drive.  She has been an officer for two years. Last year, she was the secretary, and this year, she is the reporter.

“I like that FFA keeps me active in things other than sports, and I like that it is developing my leadership skills more and more every day,” she said. “FFA increases my leadership and my organization skills, and it enables me to work with all different types of people.  It helped me realize that everyone works a little bit different and that I have to deal with it either way, so I have to make the best of it.  I think this will help me out with whatever career I decide to go into.”

Her participation in FFA has taken her to various events and even across the country.  In addition to giving her leadership experience, she has also been able to work with all types of people and animals through activities such as the FFA barnyards and Urban Ag.  She also got the opportunity to go to Louisville, Kentucky, for the national FFA convention.  She is working on her record books, and is on the small animals CDE team that is studying to compete at the state level. 

“FFA is one of my main things in life I enjoy – others being softball and showing goats.  FFA is ranked about third or fourth in my life.  I am very grateful for all of the opportunities it has and will give me,” said Corson.

If she were afforded the chance to start her FFA career over, she would. 

“I would become more involved from the very beginning and do anything I can because it goes so fast,” she explained. “I am planning on attending college, so it will help me in many ways, like achieving scholarships.  It can influence me to take classes that are ag-related because of the passion FFA developed in me for agriculture.” 

While Corson is not certain that she will become an FFA alumni member, she knows that the experience is valuable. 

“For my career when I am older, I am looking into an agriculture-related job, so being in FFA keeps me up with the recent ag-related events and jobs I could look into.  I would like to become a vet tech.  I love animals and am very interested in this area of expertise.  FFA has also been a huge influence with my choice,” she said.

“Being in FFA is one of the greatest decisions a person can make. It helps develop skills that a normal person otherwise not in FFA may not ever get the chance to develop,” she concluded.