Emily Samick, a graduate of Middletown High School, is the 2020-2021 Delaware FFA Association State Secretary. Emily attends the University Delaware where she is majoring in pre-veterinary medicine and animal biosciences.

Emily’s involvement and interest in FFA stemmed from her love of animals.

“After attending a middle school that did not have an agricultural program, I was excited to learn about the animal science pathway at Middletown High School, ” Emily said. “Our very first unit in that class was the FFA unit where we were taught basic concepts about its history, characteristics, and opportunities to get involved like chapter meetings, CDE’s and LDE’s. Mrs. Vest advertised her Meats Evaluation and Technology CDE team and I happily joined and competed on both the state and national level. Through that experience, I was immediately hooked and, to this day, I am incredibly grateful for the friends, memories, and opportunities that stemmed from that very team.”

Emily said her most challenging FFA experience was serving as chapter president.

“It is undeniable that serving as an officer presents a unique set of challenges as it pushes you as an individual to grow in ways you never expected, ” Emily said, “and it takes a lot of commitment, time, energy and passion to fully devote yourself to your members. Yet, like many challenges, it was also my most rewarding FFA experience because I had the opportunity to form so many strong relationships with my members, work with the most dedicated group of officers and advisors, and give back to the chapter through brainstorming new meeting and fundraising ideas.”

For Emily, the most exciting part of being a state officer is working with Delaware FFA members.

“Each of our members have their own stories which reflect their different hardships, opportunities, and passions, but we all are united by our love for agriculture,” Emily said.

“I look forward to all the opportunities I will have to talk to and spend time with these members and learn about who they are as individuals at their core, not just who they are as members,” Emily said. “And for all the members who are still looking to find their place or their passion, I hope that I will be able to inspire them and provide them with a sense of family and belonging, like our previous state officers have done for me.”

Here are some of Emily’s favorite things:

Animal: Elephants

CDE: Meats Evaluation and Technology

Color: Pastel Yellow

Hobbies: Visiting friends at Chick-fil-a, binge watching Quantico and Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix, and going on spontaneous adventures

Quote: “You were born with the ability to change someone’s life—don’t ever waste it.” – Dale Partridge