The apple doesn't fall far from the tree in the Porter family when it comes to involvement with John Glenn's FFA.
Senior Sarah Porter is third in the long line of FFA presidents in her family. Porter's father, Jim, and older brother, Josh, preceded her. "I saw how much Josh enjoyed it," said Sarah, "so then I just became really interested in the organization after getting involved in different activities."
Josh Porter was FFA President during the 2008-09 school year. He learned leadership skills along with how to work better with others and solve conflicts. "I looked up to Josh," said Sarah, "He was so committed, and I wanted to do the same."
As a freshman, Sarah could be known as more on the shy side. She never believed in the next few years she would be taking on such a big responsibility as FFA president. Her brother advised her to stay confident, and her father reminded her to just be herself. "I've taken their advice and have been trying to do the best I can," said Sarah.
The years Sarah has spent in the organization have brought many enjoyable moments to her life. "I liked going to the national and state conventions," said Sarah, "It was also really fun to work in the greenhouse and take on the role as vice president."
Hard work and passion were at play for Sarah to achieve the accomplishments she has today. She has helped plan and put on several FFA activities like the banquet and hog roast. Running all the meetings is also on her list of duties, and last year she was in charge of every FFA committee. "I really hope that I've been beneficial to our FFA Chapter over all this time," said Sarah.
She doesn't have to worry about making a contribution. "Sarah is the type of leader that the head of any organization hates to lose. Knowing that she's going on to bigger and better things in life makes that feeling better knowing the impact she has left here," said her FFA adviser Andy Spiker.
There's so much to deal with as president, so where's the time to learn anything? Sarah has found that during her leadership role, she's acquired many lifelong skills and lessons. "I've gained confidence, leadership, public speaking skills and people skills," said Sarah, "I've just learned so much by just being a part of FFA."
As senior year draws to a close, Sarah has high hopes for the program. Her term will formally end at the conclusion of this year's FFA banquet on Friday, April 8. "I hope our chapter completes the national chapter application and does well with it," said Sarah, "I just wish [my time with the FFA] would have lasted longer. I'm sad to have to leave it all when I graduate."
Sarah's father, FFA president during the 1972-73 school year, is right beside his daughter's side. "I'm excited for her many accomplishments," said Jim, "I'm proud of her, and I'm proud to have been an active member in FFA. It helped prepare me for the future."
Through the whole Porter family, FFA has given them experiences and skills they'll never forget. Jim Porter was sworn in as a Muskingum County Commissioner in January. No matter what path they've chosen to take, the journey is a most memorable one.
"I really love being an officer and all the things being in FFA has taught me," said Sarah, "It really has made me who I am today."