Hard work pays off for Vogelsmeier

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Matthew Vogelsmeier was one of just four seniors from Sweet Springs FFA who received the State FFA Degree in 2011.

Matthew Vogelsmeier, a 2011 Sweet Springs High School graduate, said sometimes being in FFA is hard work, "but it all is worth it in the end."

Vogelsmeier's hard work paid off in April when he received the State FFA Degree at the Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia.

Matthew, the son of Jay and Amy Vogelsmeier of rural Sweet Springs, said he joined FFA after seeing the fun his older sister and her friends were having.

"I saw all the fun she had when she went through it," he said. "It just seemed like a fun time."

His (SAE) Supervised Agriculture Experience has been owning cattle, as well as working for his father and grandfather on their family row crop and cattle farm.

"I'm kind of the step and fetch it guy-- the low man on the totem pole," he said. "I drive a tractor on occasion, but I mostly move equipment and work on things."

His job has taught him several skills.

"It has taught me time management, money management and a lot of responsibility," Matthew said.

As an FFA member, he has learned leadership skills and how to socialize with people.

"I just don't feel so nervous talking to people and I'm not nervous getting to know people," he said. "So when I go to new places I can pretty much talk to anybody."

He said he would definitely recommend joining FFA to incoming high school freshman.

"Because as a freshman they probably haven't gotten out much and got to do things. This is something kids get to do -- to get out and about," he said, adding that through their SAE, they also can learn to "manage time, manage money and be more responsible."

The officer float trip at Bennett Springs was one of his favorite activities because it gave them a chance to get to know more about each other. He held several offices in the chapter: including assistant treasurer as a sophomore; parliamentarian as a junior and second vice-president as a senior.

Matthew won awards in Grain Production proficiency and won several awards as a member of different CDE (Career Development Event) teams. His junior year his team won first in district, where he was second place individual and advanced to state competition. He was a member of the Ag Mechanics team as a senior and they also advanced to state. As a sophomore he was a member of the Agronomy team.

Matthew played football and baseball in high school and was a member of FBLA , FCA, S-Club, and National Honor Society. He served as president of FCA and the senior class.

He is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sweet Springs and serves as treasurer of the youth group.

His hobbies include hanging out with friends, going to the lake during the summer, going to tractor pulls and hunting.

This fall he plans on attending the University of Missouri, to major in Ag Systems Management. After graduating, he hopes to come back to the area, find a job and also work on the family farm.