Danielle Schultz with her goat.
SUBMITTED PHOTO Danielle Schultz with her goat.
Kingsland senior Danielle Schultz is rounding off her fifth year as a member of the Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA chapter with an active schedule.

The chapter secretary this year, she is in the small animals career development event (CDE), and helps out with Partners in Active Learning Support (PALS) and urban ag, which are programs that aim to teach elementary kids about agriculture in the classroom.

“Through FFA, I have had a variety of learning experiences that helped me to determine what I was interested in,” said Schultz.

She said she joined FFA because several older members told her it was a good way to get involved in high school activities. She has taken advantage of many of the opportunities that opened up through FFA.

“There are so many activities you can participate in…through FFA, I have expanded my knowledge on animals and agriculture, and two years ago, I was able to go to Louisville, Kentucky, for the FFA national convention,” she said. “I had a fun time and met lots of new people. Also, FFA has taught me how to use parliamentary procedure and work on a committee.”

Schultz has invested her time as a rural dweller raising goats. Her supervised agriculture experience (SAE) is currently her Boer goats.

“I have been raising and showing goats long before I joined FFA, so I decided to use it for my SAE,” she said. “I have learned how to properly keep records, administer vaccinations and trim hooves on goats.”

She wouldn’t reset her FFA experience if she were given the opportunity to do so.

“I like where I’m at right now, and though I’ve enjoyed all the experiences I’ve had, I’m looking forward to the new opportunities I’ll have in the future,” said Schultz. “I plan on attending a four-year college, although I’m not sure where yet. Participating in FFA always looks good on a college application and it teaches you many leadership skills. If I can stay in FFA, I will because there’s always more to learn or do.”

She encouraged others to join a club, not necessarily just FFA.

“Whether it’s FFA or something else, they are a great way to get involved and learn something interesting outside of school,” she said. “FFA especially is fun because it involves a variety of agricultural-related experiences and fun activities. You do not have to live on a farm or in the country to be in FFA! Everyone is invited!”