Boland meets new people through FFA

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Santa Fe FFA member Jill Boland, a 2011 graduate, worked at a local bank as part of her Supervised Agriculture Experience.

Belonging to the Santa Fe High School FFA gave Jill Boland of rural Waverly a chance to experience many new things.

"I've even got to meet a lot of new people between national convention and state conventions and contest teams," said Boland, the daughter of Richard and Judy Boland.

One of those experiences came this spring, when she received the State FFA Degree at the Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia.

A 2010 Santa Fe graduate, Boland just finished her freshman year at Northwest Missouri State University. As a high school freshman, she decided to join the FFA chapter.

"Agriculture has been part of my life since I was born," she said. "My older sister was in it, and I saw what fun she and her friends had, while they were learning more about agriculture and meeting new people."

Her favorite part of FFA has been participating on Career Development Event or contest teams.

"I loved doing the contest teams, because I got to learn more about a topic I already liked and compete against other kids who liked the same stuff," Boland said.

She also enjoyed being able to attend FFA conventions and conferences.

Through FFA, Boland said she has learned leadership skills and how to be involved in your school district.

FFA also taught her to balance extracurricular activities and school work.

Her Supervised Agriculture Experience included working at the State Bank of Missouri in Alma, 14 to 20 hours a week. She also worked on her family's farm 10 to 15 hours a week.

"I help with harvest and with the hogs and planting," she said.

By working at the bank, Boland "learned that I liked interaction with the customers, not just sitting behind scenes not dealing with paperwork."

As an FFA member she got the Area 6 and chapter proficiency award for Ag Services and went to state as a member of the Floriculture and Farm Management teams. She also participated in FFA Knowledge and Agronomy.

At Santa Fe she worked on the yearbook staff and participated in speech and debate. She also helped out as the football manager and was a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions.

She is a member of St. Mary's youth group and works on several community service projects, including rebuilding the Waverly grandstand and sandbagging in the bottoms. In addition to her other jobs, Boland works at Waverly Apple BBQ. This summer she answers phones and update online used equipment Heartland Farm and Lawn in Carrollton.

In her spare time she enjoys baking, drawing, painting and fishing.

Boland is majoring in Ag Business, with a minor in precision agriculture. She hopes to work in precision agriculture after graduation.