The importance of an FFA jacket


Provided by Emily Dreyer

Valeria De La Cruz

Emily Dreyer knows the importance of a jacket. It’s more than an article of clothing. It is a uniform and in some cases, a key to opening doors. 

But not everyone has one. This is why Dreyer and her best friend started a project, called “More Than A Jacket.” which helped provide 35 jackets to students in FFA who couldn’t afford one. 

“It was an impactful project because we know that the things we learn in the jackets we’ll take with us for the rest of our lives,” Dreyer said.

The jackets are mandatory for some career development Events in FFA. All the events she attended helped her to be named a Citgo Distinguished Scholar in the career and technology category. 

“ FFA has an official dress that includes a blue corduroy jacket,” Dreyer said.

Dreyer is the FFA Area X president and she competes in many events including land judging, meat judging, poultry judging, job interview, public relations, chapter conducting, public speaking and the agriscience fair. She also raises cattle.

In addition to her leadership role in FFA, Dreyer is also a member of NHS, the Le Muneca Cattle show team, a Young Life ministry high school leader, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Coronets Club, PALS, golf and leads a middle school girls Bible study group at her church.

Out of all of these activities Dreyer says FFA has had the biggest impact on her, because it holds a special place in the heart of her family. 

“In the Dreyer family, being in FFA is a family tradition, starting with my Pawpaw and his brothers in 1945, then followed by my dad and his cousins,” she said.

But it’s not just the special place in her family that makes FFA important to Dreyer. She said there are several other reasons the group is so important to her. 

“FFA is the organization that has best developed my leadership abilities, provided me with a like-minded community of excellence, and created friendships and bonds that will last me a lifetime and one of the best parts of being in FFA is knowing that I have made my Pawpaw, dad, and sister extremely proud,” she said.

Dreyer is happy to be able to attend her dream school (Texas Tech University’s in the College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources). She plans to get her bachelors of science in agricultural communications and teacher’s certification there. But she still doesn’t know what her career path she will follow.

“Quite honestly, it changes between youth leadership development and curriculum with the end goal of being a youth coordinator for a business, corporation, foundation, or organization and my other idea is going to law school and going into agriculture policy so I can represent farmers, ranchers and other agriculturalists in government,” Dreyer said. 

But no matter what career path she takes on she will always take her FFA memories and her jacket along with her. 

“I plan on running for FFA state office this upcoming summer,” she said. “If elected president or first vice president, I will have to take a gap year between high school and college so I can visit 400-plus high schools across the state of Texas. I would also love to be a facilitator for leadership conferences and camps or a keynote speaker one day.”