Hermiston FFA student
When and why did you move to Hermiston?
I moved to Hermiston when I was 3 months old. I was born in Mesa, Arizona, but my parents decided to move to Hermiston so that we could be closer to family.
Where is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?
My family doesn’t eat out very often, but when we do we typically eat at Shiki or La Laguna.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
What is spare time? If I have any, I play tennis, play the trumpet and piano, or hike with friends.
What surprises you about Hermiston?
Hermiston is a town of hidden beauty. While its scenery may not be as eye catching as Western Oregon, Eastern Oregon can be just as stunning if you know where to look.
What was the last book you read?
The last book I read was “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini and I’m currently reading “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
What website or app do you use most other than Facebook?
The app I use most is Amazon Music. I have developed pretty epic ‘80s pop and ‘90s country playlists.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I studied for a half year in Mexico and I would love to go back and revisit friends and places.
What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?
Sometimes life on the farm can be messy. I learned this lesson while trying to push cows through the chute. The next thing I knew I was covered in ... recycled grass. And I mean covered, head to toe. I had been warned about walking too closely to a horse’s or cow’s rear end because they kick; but after that day I learned to respect the splatter zone, too.
What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?
Last year I qualified for the FFA National Convention but it was canceled because of COVID. My goal this year is to qualify again and be able to go back with my fellow FFA members to get to know people from all over the country.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment is winning the Oregon state creed speaking competition and representing our state in two national FFA speaking competitions. I was very uncomfortable with public speaking when I started, but with some great coaching from my FFA advisors and FFA alumni I grew in confidence and skill. It’s a great example of how wonderful Hermiston’s agricultural community is.