Karlee Hansen, 2018–2019state reporter

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Age: 18
Hometown: Ellensburg
Parents: Brett and Kim Hansen
Siblings: Kaila and Kohl Hansen

Horses have always inspired Karlee Hansen. After moving to Ellensburg, Washington in 2014, she quickly became involved in FFA through the Horse Evaluation CDE. ¨I found something that made my heart sing,” said Hansen. “My passion for horses opened my eyes to see my own potential through FFA.”

¨Not only did I recite the FFA creed, I tried every day to live by the phrases that drive our organization,” she says. ¨FFA has molded me into being a better learner through hands-on experience, a harder worker through my understanding of the time and effort it takes to develop my projects, and I have learned to positively influence everyone.¨

Hansen was elected to the 2018–2019 State FFA Officer team as Reporter at the 88th Washington FFA Convention & Expo.

Throughout her time in FFA, Karlee pushed herself to develop her own leadership skills. As a sophomore she ran for a district officer position. She then served District IV for two years as the President and then as Ellensburg FFA chapter Reporter and Vice President.  In high school she was involved in National Honor Society, Link Crew, 4-H, volleyball and the Saint Andrew’s Parish Community.

Karlee’s supervised agricultural experiences included landscape management, equine science, and many more. She has learned the importance of keeping good records, accepting the responsibilities that come with her projects, and exploring the possibilities that agriculture has to offer.

Karlee plans to study at Central Washington University to complete her general education. She finds interest in agricultural education and has looked at becoming an agricultural education teacher.  However, having a profound interest in dermatology, she has considered majoring in food science and pre-med because then whichever career she chooses her major will still set her up for success in her future.

¨I value the opportunity to connect, encourage, and empower people this year,¨ Karlee said. Hansen is most excited to leave her mark on, and give back to, an organization that has given so much to her, and the thousands of other FFA members across Washington. ¨I am passionate about the future of agriculture,¨ declared Karlee.  She wants to grow in her knowledge and ability to advocate the value of FFA and more specifically agricultural education.