David Ramirez of Monmouth-Roseville is also a leader of the FFA
MONMOUTH – If Monmouth-Roseville football coach Jeremy Adolphson needs a touching halftime speech for his troops, he would be wise to turn to David Ramirez.
The Titans’ main blocker is a gifted speaker, and he used this skill to rise through the ranks of the Future Farmers of America (FFA). Already president of the chapter of MR and vice-president of his section of the 10 schools, he hopes to rise even further.
“It was mostly luck that I got into it,” he said. “At first for me it was the usual thing with FFA – I thought it was just for the farmers. And I’m not a farmer, so I didn’t feel able to fit in.
But Ramirez had friends in the organization, and he finally decided to give it a try. A pivotal moment in his commitment came when he memorized the credo of the FFA and delivered it eloquently to the state level. The credo reads, in part, “I believe in leadership of ourselves and respect for others. I believe in my own ability to work effectively and to think clearly, with the knowledge and skills that I can obtain.
Words to live on, whether or not one takes care of a harvest and a breeding.
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“I’m very interested in the political side of agriculture,” said Ramirez, who had to run in an election to be the branch’s vice president. A “pretty good speech” helped him win.
This year, Ramirez plans to run for chapter president, which is “something that has never happened here in Monmouth-Roseville,” he said.
Ramirez’s participation in FFA doesn’t have to end when he graduates from MR next May. The organization, which has more than 700,000 members, is open to youth in grades 7 to 12 and college students. He said he would also like to help the Illinois State Board of Education Student Advisory Council.
“I’m interested in working with people who can make changes in education,” said Ramirez, who plans to get involved in education well beyond his high school and college years as a Spanish teacher.
“This is what I want to study at university, but maybe I’ll do a minor in a field related to agriculture,” he said.
Before Ramirez focuses his full attention on his future goals, he still has a good chunk of his senior football season ahead of him. He said he appreciates every part of what he called “the aesthetic of football”.
“I love everything about the football season – reunions and home volleyball games,” he said. “There is just something to the aesthetics of football. I love.”
There’s also the camaraderie, a point that was reminded in Ramirez when he attended team camp at Illinois College between his first and second seasons.
“Whenever we took a break from soccer we would hang out like brothers, play video games and eat pizza – maybe too much pizza,” he said. “It was playing football and being with friends. It really united us as a team.
Ramirez said the Titans entered this season with good intentions, looking to put the bitter taste of a 0-5 spring season behind them. But then came a convincing 42-8 loss to Kewanee in Game 1.
“Kewanee was the wake-up call we needed,” he said. “We have definitely let our guard down. “
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Consider the Awakened Titans. Since Game 1, MR has won back-to-back games, scoring 40 or more points and rushing over 300 yards in both. Against Morrison last week, running backs Derek Chandler and CJ Johnson gained 129 and 119 yards, respectively, while quarterback Silas Braun added 74 rushing yards with three scores.
Next Friday night at Warren Dobry Field, a 0-3 Sherrard team allowed at least 50 points in all three games.
“Hopefully we can qualify for the playoffs,” said Ramirez, who also plays the defensive end for MR. “We have a lot of improvements to make. We have to bring it up. “
So far, the Titans have done it and they hope their hard work will continue to pay off.
“David is a great boy who has put in a lot of time in the weight room over the past two years,” said Adolphson. “He’s a very selfless player who has played a wide variety of roles for us throughout his career.”
Ramirez believes this will be his last season on the grill, but it shouldn’t be his last time leading high school students, and his experience with FFA will help him in that regard. Although the word in the middle of the organization sounds like planting and harvesting corn or soybeans, it might as well be called the “FLA” – Future Leaders of America. It’s an organization Ramirez is clearly qualified for.