December SAE Spotlight: Maelea Parrish

By:  Emma Edwards, Contributing Writer

Maelea Parrish, daughter of Nick and Cindy Parrish, was December’s SAE spotlight. Maelea is a CHS junior who is involved in Cross Country, Track, FFA, Country Bumpkins 4-H Club, Pinto Horse Association, ABGA (American Boer Goat Association) and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints youth program. Parrish has three SAE projects currently, which include raising cows, raising horses and raising and showing Boer meat goats.

One of Parrish’s goals includes selling the calves to have more money for her other projects. She has shown her horses at the Missouri State Fair, and she hopes to keep doing well in events to eventually bring home the first place plaque. Along with her horses, Parrish has shown her goats at the state fair and hopes to produce good offspring to sell to other 4-H members who want to show goats.

An SAE is an agricultural experience for students to learn more about their agricultural interests and what they will need to be successful. Parrish feels that her projects have made a positive impact on her life. She said, “I have learned responsibility, leadership, money management and time management.” The skills she has learned will help her in the future as she moves on from high school. She also stated, “I would encourage younger students to be a part of an SAE project. They will learn many life lessons that can help them in their future in a variety of different ways.” Parrish enjoys the opportunities that come along with her SAE projects, including meeting new people, interacting with many people and animals  and learning more about her projects.

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.”