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  Elizabeth Bates,
State Vice President

Home Chapter: Eastern View

SAE Project: 
Throughout my senior year of high school, I completed two Supervised Agricultural Experiences. My first SAE, I worked as an agricultural education assistant for the ag department at Eastern View High School. I worked closely with my advisors, fellow officers, and members preparing instructional materials as well as coordinating activities for numerous FFA events. My second SAE was a research project on the "Public's Perception of Farmers and FFA Members". This project allowed me to reach out to members of my community and analyze results obtained through surveys about the views and stereotypes surrounding the industry. Both of these Supervised Agricultural Experiences have helped to improve my skills in the areas of effective communication and critical thinking.

Favorite CDE or LDE:
Agricultural Issues is my favorite Leadership Development Event. This was the first contest I competed in at the high school level and it truly opened my eyes to all of the possibilities within this organization! I enjoyed being able to pick a topic that was currently affecting my community. This LDE has allowed me to become comfortable when speaking in front of larger groups and build my teamwork skills.

Favorite FFA Memory: 
My favorite FFA memory would be competing at the 94th National FFA Convention in the Horse Evaluation CDE. This will always be one of my favorite memories because I got to experience it with some of my best friends and see the iconic sea of blue jackets.

Future Plans: 
After my year of service, I will be attending Virginia Tech and majoring in Agribusiness. Upon completion of my bachelors degree, I would like to pursue a career within the legislative sector of the United States Department of Agriculture.
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