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TFB Scholarship Winners

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S.M. True Jr. Agricultural Scholar Award

Conner McKinzie Conner McKinzie
Erath County
District 7

Conner McKinzie of Stephenville is this year’s recipient of the $20,000 S.M. True Jr. Agricultural Scholar Awards. He is a student at Texas Tech University majoring in Animal Science. He has a history of agricultural advocacy, including serving as Texas FFA state first vice president and as Texas’ national FFA officer candidate. He is also Texas Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources senator, an Ag Council representative and a member of the American Meat Science Association.

Dick Mitchell Memorial Foundation

Carley Turner. Motley County, Dist. 2 Carley Turner
Motley County
District 2

I have grown up around agriculture and worked in it since I was young. I have knowledge in this area and have been active in many activities throughout high school. I want to help anyone that I can to expand their business in the direction they want to go and see them thrive. I feel that I have a good understanding of how to manage money and am very conservative in spending and saving.

District 1 Scholarship Recipients

Masen Sargent, Dist. 1 Collingsworth Vernon Rief Honorary Scholarship

Masen Sargent
Collingsworth County
District 1

I have firsthand experience seeing the affects that show cattle can have on children and families. There are so many life lessons and life skills that you learn. I grew up in the show barn, and I want to give my children, as well as others, the life experiences that I got to have as a child.

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Kynleigh Vela. Ochiltree County. District 1 Kynleigh Vela
Ochiltree County
District 1

I have been blessed with the opportunity to positively contribute to my community through a variety of service projects. The realization that I am a part of something bigger than myself warms my heart. Knowing that I am helping at least one kid to feel loved is the most rewarding feeling.

Shanee Popwell
Collingsworth County
District 1

My lifelong love for not only being around agriculture, but teaching kids and anyone who will listen about what agriculture really means to me, is important to me. By getting a degree in ag education, I will be able to inform anyone who is willing to listen about how agriculture is an important part of everyone’s lives.

Saydee Detwiler
Childress County
District 1

I hope to promote the ag way of life in whatever I do. Being an ag teacher would best suit what I am good at—leading and helping others. I found this passion through the FFA and Texas Farm Bureau leadership camp, which gave me the knowledge and confidence I did not have before.

District 2 Scholarship Recipients

Conner McKinzie Conner McKinzie
Erath County
District 7

Conner McKinzie of Stephenville is this year’s recipient of the $20,000 S.M. True Jr. Agricultural Scholar Awards. He is a student at Texas Tech University majoring in Animal Science. He has a history of agricultural advocacy, including serving as Texas FFA state first vice president and as Texas’ national FFA officer candidate. He is also Texas Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources senator, an Ag Council representative and a member of the American Meat Science Association.

Brooklyn Tyson, Brooklyn Tyson, Lynn-Garza County, Dist. 2 Brooklyn Tyson
Lynn-Garza County
District 2

Because of my passion and love for agriculture, I want to speak for the agricultural industry. I have participated in many public speaking contests where I talked about agricultural topics and this peaked my interest in my career. Having an agricultural Lobbyist who is a former student from my high school inspired me to become one, too.

Carley Turner. Motley County, Dist. 2 Carley Turner
Motley County
District 2

I have grown up around agriculture and worked in it since I was young. I have knowledge in this area and have been active in many activities throughout high school. I want to help anyone that I can to expand their business in the direction they want to go and see them thrive.

Olivia Leary, Dickens County, Dist. 2 Olivia Leary
Dickens County
District 2

Considering the world has transitioned into such a digital age, I felt that pursuing a career in technology, a field I am very passionate about, would be a wise choice. I love programming and hope to combine my skills with various fields since my life revolves around both.

District 3 Scholarship Recipients

Shelby Henry, Foard County, Dist. 3 Larry Pratt Honorary Scholarship

Shelby Henry
Foard County
District 3

I truly enjoy the opportunity to give back to my community and help create an awareness about agriculture. I have passion for the agriculture industry and want to help protect it as it has provided me with such meaningful opportunities.

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Corrie Earthman
Haskell County
District 3

Throughout my life, I have found joy and purpose in helping others, especially children. I feel confident navigating difficult conversations and voicing my opinion. I am excited to have the opportunity to make a true difference in each life I touch.

Bryant Sawin, Dist. 3, Wilbarger County Bryant Sawin
Wilbarger County
District 3

In my life, I have found that the outdoors is where I belong. My love for the outdoors and my interactions with animals my whole life have led me to pursue wildlife biology.

Kalico Burkes, Dist. 3, Clay County Kalico Burkes
Clay County
District 3

There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding agriculture; I would like to develop campaigns that promote the positive impact of agriculture. I have become aware of just how much there is to market in the agricultural industry–from natural resources to ag-related products. I think the idea of working with people, products and resources that contribute to our worldwide food supply would be a very rewarding and fulfilling career.

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District 4 Scholarship Recipients

Morgan Bradshaw, Dist. 4, Grayson County Joe Kapavik Memorial Scholarship

Morgan Bradshaw
Grayson County
District 4

I hope to pursue a career as an agricultural financial advisor or as an agricultural insurance agent with dreams of opening my own agricultural insurance company. I want to be able to help farmers and ranchers financially and be their supporting backbone when it comes to their business.

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Cameron Choate, Dist. 4 Hill County Cameron Choate
Hill County
District 4

As more and more of the population becomes further removed from the farm and agricultural experiences, I clearly understand that as a young leader in the agriculture community it is my duty to help educate and be an advocate for our industry. As I move on to the next stage of my education, I will continue to take every opportunity to develop leadership skills that will help me represent agriculture in a positive way.

Cheyenne Cooper, Dist. 4, Collin County Cheyenne Cooper
Collin County
District 4

Every September, our FFA chapter puts on an event where the officers invite the community to our ag shop. During this event, we provide a dinner, educate the community about our FFA program and even try to recruit new members. Without this event, our community involvement would not be as great and our membership would decline.

Alexis Tillett
Grayson County
District 4

The agricultural industry has been an important part of my life for many years. I spent my youth showing Palomino horses, and when I entered high school, I discovered that I loved showing cattle. I wanted to share my love for this industry with future generations and introduce them to the wonderful opportunities this industry brings.

District 5 Scholarship Recipients

John W. “Pete” Gipson/Mike Barrett Memorial Scholarship

Jordan Stanford
Wood County
District 5

I know the difficulties of farming, working with animals and Mother Nature in the world of agriculture. All of my work, pride and passion went into my family and our farm. Participating in agriculture throughout my childhood is all thanks to my parents, and it gave me the ability to lead a crowd in any activity.

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Trey Harvey
Panola County
District 5

I’m a nerdy farm kid with dirty boots. I’ve always enjoyed being around animals and have always wanted to know how things worked and how I could make them work better. I would like to find a career where I can combine my farming and ranching knowledge with the engineering education I plan to receive.

Whitney Mahan
Lamar County
District 5

After graduating college, I plan on being a large-animal veterinary and sticking with my love for the cattle industry. I want to help make everyone love the agriculture industry as a whole. Most of all, I want to do something that I will love.

Mackenzie Oliver
Van Zandt County
District 5

I have spent the past 10 years involved in raising livestock. A number of people in the livestock business have mentored me along the way, and I would not be who I am today without their guidance. I plant to pursue a degree in industrial engineering, which will allow me to contribute to the agricultural industry. One day, I hope I can give back to the organizations that have meant so much to me.

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District 6 Scholarship Recipients

Haley Frizzell Memorial Scholarship

Lyla Nervig
Nolan County
District 6

As the nutrition of livestock is one of the most important aspects in livestock production, I want to have the ability to give back to the industry through my work. I obtained a desire to teach others to ensure we’re producing the safest and most efficient livestock. Through my years of experience in the livestock industry, I’ve grown a passion for contributing exceptional work to those involved.

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Carlye Winfrey
Gaines County
District 6

I have grown up surrounded by the agricultural industry and have developed a deep passion for it. I have found that I enjoy speaking and debating agricultural issues facing farmers and ranchers and plan to turn this into a career to help agriculturists. I hope to work in a policy or government role that allows me to make meaningful change for agriculturists across the country.

Paige Holbrooks
Dawson County
District 6

I come from a long line of ranchers and farmers, so it is only natural that I have a passion for agriculture and the beef industry. I have gained valuable knowledge and speaking skills through programs and conferences I attended. The experiences solidified my interest and dedication to the agriculture industry.

Jill Kellermeier
Tom Green County
District 6

I love to create and coordinate. I have always enjoyed putting together a nice outfit to make others feel good about themselves. It all started with learning the cotton-to-fabric process and how to turn my dad’s cotton crop into a wearable product. As a fashion buyer, I will have the opportunity to promote cotton in our everyday lives by finding ways to promote cotton in the clothes we wear.

District 7 Scholarship Recipients

Dr. Rob Harle Memorial Scholarship

Taylore Ashton
McCulloch County
District 7

I love learning about agriculture. It is the industry that feeds our nation. It involves animals and the science of animal nutrition and care. I plant to earn a degree in animal science and one day work for a feed company, eventually creating and producing my own line of feed specifically for horses.

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Ryder Ross
McCulloch County
District 7

Promoting agriculture and the importance of production agriculture has been an evolving journey for me. Simply being the backbone and most important thing in my life is not enough. I have learned that promoting the concepts, values and life dependency on agriculture is very important. Helping coach the junior livestock judging team allowed me the chance to see that not all people inherently understand how agriculture touches our daily lives.

Sloan Townsend
McCulloch County
District 7

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to read. My passion for reading quickly developed into an urge to write. I hope to use my words to present the public with insightful and, most importantly, truthful information. Through broadcast journalism, I would be capable of accomplishing both.

Reagan Glentz
Mason County
District 7

I learned at a young age that it is our responsibility as humans to take care of the world around us. Since then, I have worked extremely hard to create an eco-friendly, water conservation project. I hope to not only help out the environment but to also educate others about how important the conservation of water is.

District 8 Scholarship Recipients

Jesse Derwood Cobb Honorary Scholarship

Landry Cunningham
Travis County
District 8

When showing, I want people to be able to trust me and know that my success, or my students’ success, is accomplished the right way. We do not take short cuts. In this industry, respect is earned by working hard and taking responsibility. I hope to be a role model for my showers and continue to help develop their love and appreciation for agriculture.

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Kaylee Berdoll
Lee-Bastrop County
District 8

Growing up as the sixth generation of a farming family has certainly exposed me to many different aspects of agriculture. I have a natural desire to figure things out, which I imagine drives the thoughts of most engineers as they help find solutions for people. This also fits into my farming heritage.

Clara Steglich
Bell County
District 8

With my dad being an ag teacher for the past 27 years, this career has been near and dear to me, but not until the last few years have I realized this is the career path that fits my career goals so perfectly. This career will enable me to do what I have always loved—advocating for agriculture and influencing the youth, helping them to succeed in their endeavors.

Raylee Ezzell
Robertson County
District 8

Community service gives us the chance to give back to the people around us. It gives us a chance to make a positive impact in the community that had such an influence in shaping our lives. I have been involved in a vast number of community service projects over the years, including introducing and educating youth on plant structure and the importance of agriculture.

District 9 Scholarship Recipients

Harold Hughes Memorial Scholarship

Weston Reynolds
Angelina County
District 9

I am determined to pursue a career as a wind energy lobbyist, because of my deep passion for wind energy and my proficiency in communication. I believe that my distinct affection for wind energy coupled with my public speaking abilities will equip me to effectively serve as a wind energy lobbyist, and more importantly, empower me to serve such a position with purpose and conviction.

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Alexis Ghormley
Madison County
District 9

I want to become an attorney that specializes in environmental law. I have wanted to be an attorney since I was very young. My sister, a title attorney, has inspired me to reach for my dreams just as she did. My FFA experiences have taught me how important it is to protect our environmental resources, and I hope to be able to use my career to do that.

Ashleigh Sugg
Rusk County
District 9

My love for animals began at a very early age. Being a vet is something I’ve always wanted to be. My parents helped me to achieve my dreams and pushed me to do my best. Several organizations nurtured my love for animals and created a passion that pushes me to reach the highest level of learning when it comes to animal science. I hope to use my skills to give back to the community and help with shows, jackpots and clinics.

ictoria Landry 9 Leon District Scholarship Victoria Landry
Leon County
District 9

Leadership is a big part of my life. A worthy leader sets a good example at all times by putting other people’s needs before their own. Service has always been a big part of my life, and so has agriculture. I continuously look for opportunities to help others. When it involves animals or plants, I enjoy it even more. I love sharing my passion for poultry and plants with others as I promote the importance of agriculture.

District 10 Scholarship Recipients

Kaylee Kramer 10 Gillespie District Scholarship Dennis Dean Honorary Scholarship

Kaylee Kramer
Gillespie County
District 10

I would like to become an agricultural consultant in order to provide technical, commercial and financial advice on the use and management of agricultural land. I am very blessed to have been raised in a farming and ranching family. I have spent most of my time growing up in the outdoors raising my own herd of sheep and angoras, showing in stock shows and riding horses.

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Rylee Weirich
Blanco County
District 10

I am interested in a career in medicine and hope that I will be able to help both people and animals look and feel their best. I am so thankful for each opportunity I’ve had to not only advocate for agriculture and an extracurricular activity that can change peoples’ lives, but also for a chance to serve those who have done so much for their community and for me.

Shelby Curry
Kendall County
District 10

I plan to pursue a career as an agricultural attorney. Having been able to debate topics in the agricultural field confirmed my passion to become a lawyer, where I plan to work in the agricultural field. I realize now that my involvement in agriculture and mentoring has helped me develop many life skills for my future.

Clayton Elbel
Comal County
District 10

My time in agricultural youth organizations such as FFA and 4-H has taught the importance of leadership, character and the need to give back within our communities and to the agricultural industry. It is my experiences in 4-H and FFA that make me understand the need to volunteer our time in our communities and within society.

District 11 Scholarship Recipients

Bob Reed Honorary Scholarship

Coltin Walton
Montgomery County
District 11

From the first time my dad and I built a chicken pen, buildings and structures have interested me. The past four generations on my father’s side have worked in the construction industry, all of whom have owned their own construction company.

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Jenna Le Blanc
Fort Bend County
District 11

I look forward to continuing my role as an advocate for the livestock industry and agriculture in general, not only in this program but also by continuing to integrate it into my education and professional career, as it has been vastly rewarding to soak up the knowledge from experienced industry professionals and to then be able to share my experiences with those around me.

McKenna Pavelock District 11 Walker County McKenna Pavelock
Walker County
District 11

I have grown up and been raised in a way that was very different from most other people—around livestock, around different components of the agricultural industry and exposed to things that I’ve taken for granted and assumed that everyone knew. I believe it is important for all people to have an appreciation for agriculture and for what farmers and ranchers do on a daily basis to not only provide for their own families, but to provide for the world.

Hannah Czajkowski
Brazos County
District 11

I have found my passion through my 4-H food and nutrition activities. As I move into my future, I plan to pursue a degree in nutritional science and become a registered dietitian. As a dietitian, I will be able to use my knowledge and skills gained through 10 years in the 4-H program to better the lives of others.

District 12 Scholarship Recipients

Hannah Bludau Lavaca County District 12 Don Sugarek Memorial Scholarship

Hannah Bludau
Lavaca County
District 12

Our country leads the global agricultural industry, and I want to be a part of this winning team. Water is the number one nutrient for plants and animals. Safe water resources will continue to be a top priority. My roots in agriculture and my desire to learn will make me an innovative engineer for the agricultural industry.

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 Sarah Peters Lavaca County District 12 Sarah Peters
Lavaca County
District 12

I have learned so much in my countless activities and competitions in agriculture. I am truly passionate about a career in agriculture and I know this will make me happy in the future.

Taylor Maberry
Guadalupe County
District 12

Being an advocate for agriculture always has been and always will be a dream of mine. I hope to continue my legacy of agricultural education in the state and one day on a national level. Agriculture is our wisest pursuit and will continue my pursuit to standing up for the greatest industry in the world.

Kendall Kabela
Calhoun County
District 12

I want to be a veterinary technologist because of my interest of animals. All my life, I have been surrounded by animals and I loved being around them. I have enjoyed nursing animals back to health and training them. With this career, I can help stray animals find homes and improve the lives of pets with homes.

District 13 Scholarship Recipients

Kenneth Ahlrich Memorial Scholarship

Miles Mathis
Kleberg-Kenedy County
District 13

Serving in these capacities as a Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador has truly shaped my understanding of agriculture through a global lens. Serving and teaching others through the education that I have gained was instrumental in developing my future college and career path. My increased skills and knowledge of livestock and crop production will allow me to have a lifelong impact on agriculture throughout my career.

William Scogin
Willacy County
District 13

Growing up on my family farm, I developed an interest early on for how things work. Alongside my father and grandfather, I helped maintain machinery, make repairs and build many of the implements we use. Under their guidance, I learned how to implement engineering principles to approach a problem and accomplish a task. Studying problems and looking for real-world processes that can solve them is something that has caused me to want to study engineering.

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Anna Butler
San Patricio County
District 13

I believe business management is a field in which I would thrive. I’ve enjoyed math and have discovered in recent years how much I enjoy business math, such as accounting and budgeting. I’m also a born organizer and take great pleasure in the planning stages of any venture.

Champ (Hudson) Lee
Nueces County
District 13

I have a passion for educating kids about modern agriculture, because the future of this industry is up to our next generation. As the world’s population grows, so does the need to be able to produce enough food to feed everyone. The more children know now about how food is raised, the better they will understand it in the future and protect it. I want all kids to know the truth about how their food is handled from farm to fork.

Fall Student Teaching Scholarship

Dalton Howard
Randall County
District 1

As a future student teacher, agriculture science teacher and FFA advisor, I am going to do my absolute best to give my students my all. I am passionate about teaching, and I remember whenever I had passionate agriculture science teachers and FFA advisors, they gave me their all. They made sacrifices, and I want to do the same for my students.

Rebecca Weber
Randall County
District 1

Every time I get to tell someone that I am going to be an agricultural teacher, a huge smile comes across my face. I know that it won’t always be easy, and the students won’t always be perfect, but I truly believe this is what God has planned for me. With my passion for agriculture and the help and support of my family, I will fulfill one of my dreams.

Courtney Daniels
Angelina County
District 9

Many students do not realize the true definition of agriculture. They seem to think that it only involves the showing of livestock, but it is much more than that. The agricultural teaching profession includes classes of wildlife and natural resources, horticulture, ag mechanics, floriculture and landscape design. My goal is for students to know that no matter what kind of background they have, they each can have a role in agriculture.

Michaela Yost
Brazoria-Galveston County
District 11

Throughout my education courses, the one thing that has been continuously said is that we are a teacher of life first and a teacher of agriculture second. This is one thing that I want to be sure to stick by, because if the kids do not trust me, then they will not pay attention. I want to be sure they know that they can come talk to me and that my classroom will have an open-door policy.

Young Farmer & Rancher

Masen Sargent, Dist. 1 Collingsworth Masen Sargent
Collingsworth County
District 1

I want to make a difference in the lives of kids who may not ever have a role model or something that they can make their own. Showing cattle has given me future business connections, skills that I can use every day and most importantly, a family. Not the type of family you are related to by blood, but a family made up of friends from all over the country.

Mesa Ware, Crosby County, Dist. 2 Mesa Ware
Crosby County
District 2

I have always been enthralled with cattle ranching and the sense of independence and strong values that follow. I am very passionate about this industry, so it comes with no surprise that my ultimate goal is to operate my own cattle ranch—an attainment that I definitely can credit toward my upbringing and agricultural background.

Ally McGaha
Cottle-King County
District 3

I have made it my goal to become a veterinarian, so that I can contribute back to my world through human, animal and environmental health. I want to be able to help preserve and advance the agricultural industry through this career. I have a passion for animals and making an income to spend my days helping animals would be my dream job.

Ryan Schronk
Hill County
District 4

Since a very young age, I have dreamed about following in my dad and grandpa’s footsteps and becoming a farmer. I never wanted to be closed-minded about this being the only career option for me, but time and time again I am reminded about how much I enjoy getting to produce food and clothing for a growing world. It is with great joy and anticipation that I am going to be a proud Texas farmer.

Daniel Littlejohn
Gregg County
District 5

I have always wanted to pursue a career in the field of engineering. As my interest grew in agriculture, I discovered agricultural engineering and how precision agriculture worked to meet my career interests. I would like to design new, progressive equipment to optimize the production and harvest of crops and livestock.

Alyssa Cowan
Scurry-Stonewall-Kent County
District 6

I have raised and cared for animals on a daily basis for the past eight years. With the assistance of leaders in the agricultural field, I have identified symptoms and cared for animals with health conditions. Each of these experiences have strengthened my passion of becoming a veterinarian.

Ryder Ross
McCulloch County
District 7

I have lived on a ranch and been involved with raising crops and livestock my entire life. Growing up as a ranch kid taught me many things and truly blessed my life. This early experience in life set the path for my future in both education and career goals. I have grown up seeking out ways to increase my knowledge in agriculture and being a voice to help teach others about agriculture. I plan for this to continue throughout my life.

Landry Cunningham
Travis County
District 8

I know there are problems to be solved and many of these challenges deal with taking care of people: declining water supply, a growing population to feed and improving educational opportunities for Texas residents. I believe many of these challenges can be overcome, and I hope to be very involved with solving these and other problems. I know that harnessing the ingenuity and energy of “people” is the answer to any challenge we face as Texans.

Weston Reynolds
Angelina County
District 9

My goals in life focus on promoting and expanding the wind energy industry. I aspire to establish a career in governmental affairs, serving as a lobbyist for wind energy companies. I believe that my distinctive affection for wind energy coupled with my public speaking abilities will equip me to effectively serve as a wind energy lobbyist, and more importantly, empower me to serve such a position with purpose and conviction.

Preston Twilligear
Medina County
District 10

I have drawn on my experiences in meats judging through 4-H and FFA. I have learned so much about meat science and the job opportunities available through my judging contests. It is because of these experiences that I have chosen to pursue a career in animal and meat sciences.

McKenna Holloway
Grimes County
District 11

Through the classes I have taken and the different activities I have been involved in, I have taken a great interest in our environment and what I can do to preserve it. I have also thoroughly enjoyed the math and science classes that I have taken in high school. All of this has led me to want to pursue a career in environmental engineering.

Hannah Bludau
Lavaca County
District 12

My career goal is to make the world a better place by protecting natural resources, producing safe food and reducing hunger. Our country leads the global agricultural industry, and I want to be a part of this winning team. In my professional career, I plan to communicate with my congressmen to educate them about agriculture and the processes necessary to secure food and water for our country. It is important that agriculture has a strong voice, and I feel comfortable getting involved.

Miles Mathis
Kleberg-Kenedy County
District 13

I have learned through these experiences that agriculture will be challenged in the future to find labor, navigate regulations and respond effectively to the growing social interests in food production practices. I want to be part of the solution to overcoming these challenges not only through my profession, but also by actively engaging in the legislative process to help our elected leaders understand the challenges and develop practical solutions.

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Young Farmer & Rancher for Enrolled Students

Jadeyn Arthur
Crosby County
District 2

Growing up in the Texas Panhandle, I have a fondness for the cattle industry and ranch life. This, and many hands-on experiences and in class studies, will give me an advantage in all of my future endeavors. I hope to attend vet school and further my knowledge in ruminant nutrition.

Rylee Rushing
Collin County
District 4

I am very excited to take this next step in making my dream a reality and learning all the skills necessary to become a veterinarian. My long term goal is to eventually open my own practice in a rural area where I will be able to treat large and small animals, as well as exotics.

Trey Denny
Lamar County
District 5

By working on a cattle ranch, owning my herd and having my land, I feel that I have gained the skills necessary to continue with my education and graduate with a degree that will allow me to come home to my family ranch and have a part in the decision-making process. No matter what job I end up with, I will be involved as an advocate for agriculture and the beef industry.