4 space highschool college students will obtain awards Monday, March 6, 2023, for his or her accomplishments in agriculture.
The FFA and 4-H college students will obtain their awards, sponsored by the Enid Information & Eagle, earlier than Monday’s premium sale capping the 89th annual Northwest District Junior Livestock Present. The awards presentation will start at 6:20 p.m. in Chisholm Path Pavilion, with the premium sale starting at 6:45 p.m.
Judson Birdwell, of Kingfisher FFA, will obtain the award as the highest FFA scholar. Emma Curry, of Timberlake FFA, will obtain the runner-up award.
The highest 4-H college students are Hayden Deeds and Conner Quintero, of Garfield County 4-H.
“Rising up in a farm and ranching household, agriculture has been part of my entire life,” Birdwell mentioned in info present together with his award software. “Earlier than becoming a member of FFA had ever crossed my thoughts I knew I liked the whole lot about agriculture. As quickly as I discovered that there was a category I might take to assist me be taught extra about what I really like, I used to be all in. My love for agriculture, usable expertise and exhibiting livestock are just some of some great benefits of collaborating within the FFA.”
Early on, Birdwell remembers working together with his dad fixing fence, working cattle and stitching and chopping wheat. Each of his dad and mom come from farming/ranching households.
“Exhibiting livestock has been an enormous a part of my life and in addition one more reason I needed to be part of FFA,” he mentioned. “Each of my dad and mom confirmed livestock after they had been youthful and are concerned in serving to me succeed. From my very first heifer, Misty, to the one I’m presently working with, there have been challenges and triumphs alongside the way in which. I’ve discovered that it takes arduous work and dedication to obtain the specified final result.”
Birdwell credit FFA with instructing him expertise on the ranch, but in addition life expertise, together with managing his time, working arduous and taking accountability and caring for animals.
“I’ve acquired the talent of welding, which has already confirmed useful within the repairs and enchancment of our present amenities,” he mentioned. “Final winter I purchased a used welder to have the ability to get monetary savings and enhance our amenities each time we want. I’ve additionally used this talent to make keepsakes for a couple of of my members of the family.”
He additionally has discovered to judge livestock, and has used that talent “to purchase high-quality cattle for the worth I’m prepared to pay.”
“… FFA has been and can proceed to be an expertise I can look again on and really feel happy with my accomplishments,” Birdwell mentioned. “I’ll proceed to exhibit a love of all issues agriculture, develop my expertise and look after and lift livestock.”
FFA has been a constructive expertise for Curry.
“I’ve been given unimaginable alternatives which have made me the individual I’m at the moment,” she mentioned. “The experiences and other people I’ve encountered have impressed me for what I want to be in my future and the impression I hope to make. I first stepped foot within the agriculture constructing in 2018 once I joined in eighth grade. I initially joined the FFA as a result of I had associates becoming a member of and needed to begin exhibiting cattle. From then on I used to be hooked. It was there that I actually started to come back out of my shell and have become extra outgoing. I didn’t notice how a lot it will impression my future.”
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Curry started exhibiting heifers in 2019. It made me see the significance of labor ethic and accountability.
“Irrespective of if I used to be busy with homework or was feeling beneath the climate, I nonetheless wanted to feed my ladies and put together for the following present,” she mentioned. “Not solely did exhibiting assist me at house, nevertheless it did within the present ring as effectively. There, it was time to indicate what my arduous work was undertaking.”
She has participated in lots of different FFA actions, however her favourite and most motivating has all the time been FFA Alumni Camp.
“At Alumni Camp I all the time met new and wonderful folks. We’d be taught the significance of particular person work, but in addition how working collectively to achieve a aim is important,” she mentioned. “I discovered how you can apply my potential and motivation to my objectives and the way true management impacts others.”
Throughout, the FFA has impressed me significantly,” Curry mentioned. “I’ve been moved by the group round me and the FFA members and advisors I’ve met throughout the state. These folks have impressed me to proceed to develop in agriculture and the FFA. This group has inspired me to turn into an educator inside agriculture and encourage, encourage and impression college students with or with out an agriculture background. The FFA teaches and evokes younger folks, like myself, to study agriculture and I’m very grateful for the chance it has given me and has impressed me to cross on these experiences to future generations.”
Deeds is a six-year member of Garfield County 4-H in addition to the Garber 4-H Membership, and a fourth technology 4-Her.
He’s a junior at Garber Excessive College, the place he additionally has been concerned in band, soccer, baseball and FFA. Throughout Hayden’s years in 4-H he has been lively in a number of venture areas in 4-H. He discovered his ardour within the wildlife and fisheries venture space.
Deeds has offered quite a few workshops and dealing demonstrations educating different 4-H’ers in addition to adults in the neighborhood members on the native, county as effectively the state ranges. A few of the subjects he spoke about was looking security, how you can monitor and establish animals, and how you can tie totally different fishing knots. Hayden was a Stage 1 state venture winner in wildlife and fisheries and a High 3 Stage 2 state finalist advance achievement.
His different venture areas are citizenship/group service and management. He’s a youth member of Garber Neighborhood Enchancment Affiliation, helping with quite a few occasions assist in the neighborhood over time. Deeds has organized a plastic bottle recycling assortment at PT Coupling and the Nice American Cleanup Challenge in Garber for a number of years. Quite a few aged group members had been appreciative of his assist to scrub up their properties. In his management venture space, he has held 4-H places of work on the district, county and native ranges, in addition to organizing committees for a number of actions over his 6 years in 4-H.
His mom and stepfather are Lacey Deeds and Casey Wilkerson. He has three sisters, Madison and Brianna Deeds and Chloe Wilkerson.
Quintero is a freshman at Stillwater Excessive College and is a seven-year member of Garfield County 4-H.
His primary venture areas are well being and health, citizenship, group service and management. He presently is serving as a west district officer, in addition to a member of the State 4-H Ambassador Workforce. He additionally serves because the Garfield County vice chairman.
Quintero has deliberate and pursued many group service initiatives that profit kids and adults with particular skills, in addition to seniors residing in assisted-living houses. One in every of his initiatives collects used cowboy boots and donates them to Bennie’s Barn, a therapeutic horseback driving facility in Enid. He has collected and donated greater than 200 pairs of shoes up to now with this statewide venture.
He enjoys spending his time serving to others and lives by the motto, “At all times depart a spot higher than if you discovered it.” Quintero is the teenager chief and founding father of the 4-H “FUN” Membership, which focuses on health, creating an individual with private growth and vitamin. He encourages youth to “Go Be You!” Just lately, he was named the Institute for Baby Advocacy’s Moran State Kidizenship Award winner.
Quintero is a member of the 6A II state champion Stillwater soccer crew, enjoying quarterback. He’s the son of Missy and Josh Quintero and grandson of Lewis and Cindy Conner.