Zachary Schilter, 2018–2019 State Sentinel
Favorite Food: Malfattis
Favorite Color: Mahogany Red
Favorite Movie: Top Gun
Favorite Song: Steiner Chilbi
Parents: Anton (Lonny) & Michelle Schilter
Siblings: Cassy & Joey Schilter
Zach started his FFA journey with the Prepared Public Speaking and Creed Speaking LDEs. Inspired by his newfound passion for agriculture and public speaking, he participated in both Prepared and Extemporaneous Public Speaking LDEs for his remaining three years in high school, placing fourth in both in 2018. He also competed in the Agricultural Sales and Poultry Evaluation CDE’s.
“I’ve learned that the best thing I can do if something goes wrong is to step back and look at the situation as a whole,” Schilter said. “Sometimes jumping to conclusions can prevent us from seeing the valuable lessons in every situation.” Although his favorite competitions were solo events, Schilter credits his experiences in FFA as helping to shape his perspective on patience and teamwork.
Schilter was elected to the 2018-2019 State FFA Officer team as Sentinel at the 88th Washington FFA Convention & Expo.
Originally from Chehalis, Schilter began showing cows in third grade for 4-H. He continued showing cows with FFA through high school. He served as president of the Chehalis FFA chapter for three years and was the 2017–2018 District III Secretary. Schilter is also active in the Holstein Association where he is the Holstein Association Junior Advisory Committee At-Large Youth Representative.
A large majority of Zach’s time in FFA was devoted to his supervised agricultural experience (SAE) working for his family’s dairy operation while also running his own smaller operation. He currently owns seventeen dairy cows and helps run the family’s operation of five-hundred registered red and white along with black and white Holsteins.
In the fall of 2019, Schilter plans to attend Modesto Junior College to major in Agriculture Business to then transfer to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He will also compete in intercollegiate dairy judging for both schools.
“I hope to inspire a competitive spirit within each FFA member and encourage them to work towards their goals through FFA and in life.” Schilter said. “The world needs game changers to help build a better future. The leadership skills that FFA develops in our students will ensure that Washington agriculturists continue to feed, clothe, and serve the world.”