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Vice President
 Nick Baker - Vice President

 SAE: My Supervised Agricultural Experience involves owning and managing a lawn care and landscaping business in partnership with my brother, Mitch. He and I started Baker Brothers Lawn Care seven years ago to earn money to purchase show lambs and our Jeeps! My Jeep is yellow and Mitch's is red!

Beach or Mountains? Beach

Early bird or night owl? Night owl

Favorite meal: Watermelon, watermelon, watermelon

Favorite song: Don't Think Twice It's Alright, Bob Dylan and Tennessee, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

Favorite CDE: By far my favorite Career Development Event is Extemporaneous Public Speaking! I've always really enjoyed public speaking contests and the "thinking on your feet" aspect of the extemp CDE. Now, if you were to ask me what my favorite competition is, it's no competition at all - I absolutely love the FFA quiz bowl at FFA camp during the summer! I love that competition for 2 reasons; the rich FFA history, and the awesome buzzer that you get to play with!

Favorite Ag Class: My favorite Agriculture class is Ag Mechanics! I love learning how to do new things! I'll admit that I am terrible with engines, but my passion for learning a new skill drives me to consistently take Ag Mechanics!

Describe a time when you set a goal within the FFA and were not able to meet it; what did you learn? My freshman year I competed in the FFA Creed Public Speaking Career Development Event. I was thrilled with the opportunity to represent my chapter for the very first time at the district level! I had practiced and practiced and knew that I was capable of doing really well! The night of the competition comes and as usual, I was extremely nervous. Due to my lack of confidence (and this is very typical Nick) I forgot to deliver the 4th paragraph. Needless to say, I placed last. While this was a crushing defeat, I have a very distinct memory of what I thought driving home that night, "An experience is never a failure if you can learn or draw something from that experience." I learned that night to not second guess myself and to trust the abilities that God has blessed me with.

What are you looking forward to most during your year as a Regional Officer? I'm very excited to get to know the members of the Middle Region better! Being able to serve the FFA members is why I wanted to become a regional officer! I want to be able to develop leadership skills in the members I meet and I want to become a better leader myself! I look forward to the Greenhand Conference where I will get to know out newest members! Helping new members get their FFA career off to a strong start is very important to me.



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