FFA State Degree Winner: Competitive Vogelsmeier enjoys contests most

Monday, June 3, 2013
Mikalah Vogelsmeier of Sweet Springs has enjoyed showing cattle as part of her FFA experience. (Contributed photo)

Mikalah Vogelsmeier said joining Sweet Springs FFA was one of the best decisions she made when she entered high school four years ago.

"It was a big part of my family. My dad was really involved in FFA and my uncles, so joining was something I had always looked forward to," she said. "When I was a freshman, I was really good friends with Rachel Thornton and she was really big in the FFA. She was kind of my idol or inspiration."

Recently, Vogelsmeier, the daughter of Duane Vogelsmeier and Tara Vogelsmeier, was honored with the State FFA Degree at the 85th annual Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia.

Since she is competitive, Vogelsmeier said participating in contest teams has been her favorite FFA activity. In fact, participating on the Ag Sales team helped her choose what she will study next year as a University of Missouri freshman.

"I want to get my ag business management degree and hopefully get into sales," she said. "I give that credit to my FFA ag sales team."

Her experiences, including the leadership and speaking abilities she has gained is one of the reasons she recommends freshman join FFA.

"I'd encourage them to learn the same things," she said.

Her Supervised Agriculture Experience includes working at the Sweet Springs pool and on the farm.

"I have shorthorn heifers and I show at the county fair and the district fair," she said. "Then I also have chickens that I raise and I sell the eggs."

Taking care of her dozen chickens has helped her learn time management and how to manage a business.

"Not just with my SAE, but also with my record book, just trying to keep records," she said.

Vogelsmeier was an officer for three years, serving as reporter, secretary and then as president this year. Last year, she served as Area 6 secretary.

As a freshman, she placed sixth in state Creed Speaking and has also been to state as a member of the Ag Sales, Knowledge, Parliamentary Procedure and Farm Management teams.

At the 2013 FFA banquet, Vogelsmeier was presented proficiency awards in Poultry Production and Specialty Animal. She also was awarded three scholarships totaling $1,250.

She has been a four-year member of the volleyball, basketball and softball teams. She also served as president of National Honor Society and S-Club, as vice-president of FBLA and the district FBLA. She is a member of FCA, Wesley United United Methodist Church and the church board of trustees

In her spare time, Vogelsmeier likes to be outside, doing things like mushroom hunting. She also likes to spend time with family.