Alyssa Ingley said that getting involved in FFA has probably been more work than she could have imagined, but she wouldn't trade the last five years for anything. She's now a senior and serves as the President for the Roosevelt FFA chapter.
"I've been in the ag program here at Roosevelt since 6th grade, so about five years, and I've been competing and working ever since," Ingley said.
Once stock show season winds down, she and her team focus on horse judging competitions. They practice as often as they can, trying to perfect their skills before the upcoming spring contests.
"I show pigs every year, I'm a horse judger, I do job interview, radio, chapter conducting, and I also serve as Roosevelt's President," Ingley said. "We practice every day at lunch, we come in at night, we practice on weekends, we have videos to watch, packets. There's lots of steps to get ready."
And when she's not judging horses, she's riding them. Alyssa loves to barrel race, and even has the job this year of carrying a flag in Lubbock's own ABC rodeo.
"I'm a barrel racer and I rodeo," Ingley said. "I ride horses everyday and rodeo every weekend at least twice a weekend."
She's been impressed with the respect and good manners she sees in other FFA students wherever she goes.
"FFA students are probably more respectful than any other students, and you see it everywhere you go, people start showing it, it's not just here at school or at contests," Ingley said. "You make lots of friends through FFA. I know people all over Texas just because of going to state convention, and going to area, and different contests."
And Alyssa said that you sure can't be shy in FFA for very long. You learn quickly that being a confident speaker can take you far.
"FFA has taught us that you have to say speeches in front of people," Ingley said. "Every time you want to run for an office, there is a speech you have to write, you have to get votes, you have to talk to people. So you learn respect for other people, how to do things, how to talk to people, really."
Most of all, Alyssa is thankful for all of the lessons she's learned through FFA, and the friends and memories that she's made.
"It teaches you life skills and gets you ready for college," Ingley said. "I've learned how to be a leader, responsibilities, how to get things done without having other people's help, just different life skills."
Congratulations again to this week's Ag Student of the Week, Alyssa Ingley from Roosevelt High School. If you would like to nominate a deserving 4-H or FFA student, please email suggestions to AgDay@fox34.com .