BY KRIS BLANKMAN
Keiley Mitchell is just as fun and exuberant as she is motivated. This positive and accomplished young lady is a 16-year-old Junior at Fremont High School and hails from West Haven, Utah. She is a member of the FFA, where she is a committee chair and says that she really enjoys floriculture and greenhouse. Keiley is attending cosmetology school while she goes to high school. To say she has goals is an understatement. She loves riding dirt bikes, motorcycles, and playing softball. Keiley started showing steers in the Champion Makers 4H group; she is still showing steers as an FFA member. She shared that her most challenging year was the first one. Keiley says it takes a lot of time, patience, and strength to have a steer project; however, she learned so much and has been able to apply it to following years. Her biggest win was coming in fourth in her class and 20th overall at the Weber County Fair. 4H and FFA have taught Keiley valuable life lessons beyond the show pen. She has learned the value of hard work, responsibility, financing, and dedication. She says, “I love the knowledge I have gained from 4H and FFA. I also love all of the experiences I have had and the friends I have made.” When asked where she will be in five years, she said she hopes to be married with a family and have a little farm raising some of her own cows.
Brackyn Davis is a 14-year-old student at Rocky Mountain Junior High and lives in West Haven, Utah. He loves math and history, and he enjoys fishing, hunting, and baseball. Brackyn has played baseball for West Haven City, where he was on the All-Star team three years in a row. This well-mannered, polite young man is also a member of 4H, where he shows sheep and hogs. He related that his biggest 4H project was raising his show lambs from birth to show age. He has been involved in several generations of breeding and raising his own family’s sheep. Brackyn is a member of the Rocky Mountain Jackpot Association and enjoys jackpotting his lambs and hogs throughout the year. He loves traveling, jackpotting lambs, making new friends, and catching up with old ones. His most memorable win was in 2017 at the Weber County fair, where he won Jr. Showmanship and his first buckle. Brackyn repeated that success with his hog in 2019. He qualified for his first national show at the 2021 NILE Stock Show, where he ended up placing in the top five. Brackyn says that he loves 4H because he has learned to never give up and never stop showing, no matter what. He has also learned responsibility, hard work, and patience. He plans to continue showing lambs and hogs throughout High School. Brackyn then plans to attend vet school, where he can continue to help animals as a veterinarian.