Dear Targeting Excellence sponsors, board of directors, and state committee,
I am sincerely honored and thankful to be one of the recipients of a 2018 Targeting Excellence Scholarship. I’m looking forward to starting my third year at The Ohio State University in the fall and am excited for the many opportunities that will come along with it. This generous gift will help me reach these opportunities, with one of those being studying abroad in Ireland for 10 days. I am very grateful for your investment in the future leaders of agriculture and cannot thank you enough for your support.
I have been very fortunate to be involved in the agricultural industry my whole life. I grew up and still live on a farm in Carrollton, Ohio with about 50 head of beef cattle and I started showing beef heifers when I was five years old at county fair open shows. I can tell you now that that is when my passion for the agricultural industry started for me. When I finally got involved in 4-H when I was nine years old, the project that I was most focused on was beef cattle. I also raised and exhibited market hogs and market chickens throughout the rest of my 4-H career and also in FFA. Through many Ohio BEST Shows, county and state fairs, and national breed shows, I have been able to expand my knowledge of the industry and compete in various contests which have given me many opportunities and successes. The accomplishments I made throughout those ten years have been a product of my hard work and dedication, but there are lessons that I have gained from showing livestock that I cherish far more than the accomplishments I have made. A few of these lessons include: hard work, responsibility, time management, professionalism, and many more that I could not have learned elsewhere.
Being involved in the industry since a young age has given me a strong love and passion for livestock and the beef industry. I have chosen to follow this passion into my college career by majoring in animal sciences. My ambitions are to work in the beef industry in some aspect after graduation. I plan on attending grad school to achieve a Master’s Degree in an animal science related field. I am currently interested in beef cattle nutrition or genetics, but I am keeping an open mind as I am finishing my second year of college and am willing to trying new opportunities. This summer, I look forward to completing a feed sales internship to help me decide exactly where my career goals and interests lie. My main goal looking ahead is to find a job that I enjoy in the industry who has made me the person I am today.