Name: Mary Beth Siekman
Home Chapter: Buckeye Valley DACC
What state office do you hold? District 6 President
What school do you attend and what year are you? In the fall, I will be attending The Ohio State University ATI as a freshman.
What is your major? I will be studying Agricultural Communication.
What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time? I love to be outside and spend time with my family, friends, and my dog. (I also like to line dance!)
Favorite sports team and why: I do not follow many sports teams, but I love watching my younger brother play high school baseball!
Favorite Movie and why: My favorite movie is Soul Surfer. It is about a girl who is on track to become a professional surfer but loses her arm in a shark attack. I love this movie because it tells the story of how she is strong in her faith and perseveres through a stumbling block in her life and uses it as an opportunity to influence the lives of those around her.
Favorite CDE and why: My all time favorite CDE is Agricultural Sales. I enjoyed preparing and presenting my own sales pitch for agricultural products and it helped me to develop my planning, collaboration, and speaking skills. My favorite product that I sold would have to be subscriptions to an online agricultural newsletter that I created and wrote myself titled, Next Generation AG.
What is your biggest fear? Missing out on the opportunity to encourage and lift up someone who needs it.
What are your personal FFA goals for upcoming year? I have a goal to complete ten chapter visits this year. I also want to be a good role model and build new friendships with members all across the state of Ohio.
What is the best advice you have ever received? When faced with a difficult situation, always look for the positives. When we focus on the bad that is typically what we will walk away with. However, when we focus on the good it gives us the opportunity to turn that situation around and make it a positive.
What are you looking forward to the most in the upcoming year? Learning more about the ever growing agricultural industry.
Why did you join the FFA? I did not always attend a high school where Agricultural Education was offered and I could tell that the school where I was at was not the right place for me. I made the decision the summer before my junior year to open enroll into the Buckeye Valley School District so I could join FFA. I had grown up listening to stories about how the FFA had such an impact on my mom’s life and I knew that is what I wanted, too.
Best FFA memory: Working on the Buckeye Valley School Farm. This gave me the opportunity to learn how to operate a tractor (and also stall that tractor about 10 times in the field!), learn farm maintenance, and plant and harvest my own field of corn and soybeans. Through working on the school farm I was also able to make some great friendships.
What are your career goals? My goal is to graduate from The Ohio State University with a degree in Agricultural Communication. I want to work in a position that directly influences the agricultural industry and allows me the opportunity to work and communicate with people.