Age and school: 16, Chestnut Ridge
Family: Parents: Stephen and Cynthia Carson; sister, Ashley; and brother, Aaron
FFA Chapter: Chestnut Ridge
Years involved with FFA: 2
Amount of time spent on FFA: 9.5 hours per week
FFA projects: Beef finishing and rabbits
Favorite FFA memory: Having petting zoos at the elementary schools and working in the greenhouse
FFA accomplishments: Greenhand Degree, Chapter Degree, Star Chapter Degree, chapter reporter 2010-11, chapter president 2011-12, gold recordkeeping award 2010
How has FFA prepared you for your future aspirations: I intend to be a large animal veterinarian. Raising my project animals has given me the opportunity to experience challenges that I will face in a veterinary career. Learning about animals and animal health, ear notching and tagging, animal nutrition and how to balance feed rations are all things that we've learned in class that will help me toward my goal.
Special thanks: I would like thank Mr. [Douglas] Gayman for all he has done for me as well as the chapter. Seeing my brother receive his Keystone Degree encouraged me to go above and beyond his accomplishments.
Quote: FFA is a new era in agriculture. Without knowledge or wisdom, labor and tillage can't accomplish much. (from the FFA opening ceremony)