Jaycee Ferguson is learning organization, team work and drawing from her farm and ranch background to run for a high office in her FFA chapter.
Ferguson, 16, is interested in running for vice president or president next year. She’s a junior at Rigby High School.
“I’m going for the big one. It’s a lot of responsibility. I’m okay with not getting it but it’s exciting to run for it, and it would be good having that experience going forward,” she said.
This year she’s serving as the committee chairman of agricultural literacy. Last year, she helped plan and coordinate a fourth grade agriculture day where her chapter invites all fourth-grade Rigby elementary students to the Jefferson County fairgrounds in Rigby to learn more about agriculture.
During the annual event, the kids visit stations to learn about a variety of subjects: veterinary medicine, natural resources, water, rangeland, soil, fish and wildlife. The chapter and FFA advisers partner with the Idaho Farm Bureau, Jefferson County, 4H, Mountain River Veterinary Hospital, Culvers, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Idaho Range Land Resource Commission and the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation District to offer the best educational experience possible for the kids.
‘It’s been a good experience, and the first time I helped plan it,” she said. “Everything is full throttle to increase its value each year.”
Overall, one of the best experiences she’s had is learning teamwork.
“Everyone works together as a team and drawing upon others to get things done,” she said. “Our advisers are a great asset because they assist where and when we need it.”
Jaycee has a vet tech career in mind and is considering continuing her education at the College of Southern Idaho. She’s also considered enlisting in the U.S. Army. She works part time at Mountain River Veterinary Hospital in Rigby.
“I grew up on a farm and ranch and I love the lifestyle and working with animals. It’s my passion,” she said. “At the clinic, I’ve worked with all kinds of animals- everything from cats and dogs to cattle and horses, to reptiles and exotic birds and camels and a white buffalo.”
Jaycee’s parents are Matthew Ferguson and Kimberlee Melgaard.