Abby Sabel - Section 9
Wisconsin FFA Reporter
Home Chapter: Chilton FFA
College: University of Minnesota
Major: Agricultural Education
Supervised Agricultural Experiences: dairy, beef and goat production
I grew up a few miles outside the city limits of Chilton with my parents and three older sisters. At the age of 7, my sisters and I were given the opportunity to show dairy cattle at our county fair for a local family friend. Since then I've shown dairy heifers at the county and state fairs, beef cattle at county, state and national levels, and I've worked for LaClare Goat Farms for four years.
As a freshman in high school, joining FFA was a no-brainer, but I never realized exactly how far FFA would take me. It didn't take long for me to call the ag room my home and the FFA my family. I competed in speaking contests and and career development events, as well as attended leadership conferences all four years of high school, each time falling in love with the organization more and more.
Serving as a State FFA Officer this year has allowed me opportunities I wouldn't change for anything. One of these has been meeting many of FFA's most supportive sponsors. Some of my favorite memories this year include the great conversations I've had with the adults who sponsor and support this organization.
I received a scholarship from the Wisconsin FFA Foundation my senior year and was extremely grateful for it. However, as I began to meet these sponsors, I realized just how lucky each of us FFA members are to be supported by such outstanding people.
Thee FFA experience is one I wouldn't trade for anything. I know I have grown immensely by being a member and it has been a true honor watching others do the same.