By: Madison Smith, Contributing Writer
Mr. Scott Stone and Mrs. Lori Lewis nominated Schyler Angell for the November FFA SAE Spotlight. She is a sophomore at Centralia High School and is involved in FFA, orchestra, Key Club, SKRUBS, FCA, cross country and track.
Part of Angell’s SAE is diversified livestock. For this aspect of the project, she raises goats, pigs and cattle. She has been showing animals since she was eight years old, so picking this as part of her SAE was an easy choice. Angell said, “I love that I am able to incorporate my passion for showing and caring for livestock into my SAE.” The other half of her SAE is working at her family’s livestock markets and Angell’s Western Wear.
Angell’s favorite part of the SAE is how it is very hands-on. The FFA’s motto is “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.” It is what SAEs are all about. Her main goal is this–to learn and have new experiences through her work. So far Angell has learned many skills. She has definitely learned that hard work pays off in the end. Angell said, “Showing livestock can be challenging at times; however, putting in the work with livestock is a rewarding process. Working hard at home in the barn often pays off in the show ring at the fair.” She understands that the skills she learns through her SAE are skills she will use later in life.
The objective of a Supervised Agricultural Experience is to work with educational programs to better prepare FFA students for their future careers. The simple skills such as communication and patience will help them succeed in life. Scott Stone, FFA adviser, says he has his students do an SAE for the learning experience. He says they can explore any career interest they may have and even find a field they might not want to follow. Stone said, “I hope they all have the chance to earn a profit, but I hope they can learn what areas they are interested in as a potential career.”