BY KRIS BLANKMAN
Her mom calls her “spicy,” and I think I understand. Getting the opportunity to visit with 16-year-old Chloe Walker was a pleasure! Cheerfulness exudes from her as she passionately told me about her FFA and rodeo adventures. Chloe is a Junior at Fremont High School and lives with her family in Warren, Utah. She is a member of the planning committee and the vet team in the FFA organization. She has been showing swine for nine years in 4H and now FFA. She says that pigs are fun and she enjoys the responsibility and all that working with them and taking care of them provides. She says that she is a better person because of it. Chloe enjoys living the western/agricultural lifestyle and plans to always have that as part of her life. She said that “Agriculture is so important because it is needed in daily life and everything we do. People don’t realize how important it is, but it does make the world run.” She sees herself becoming an animal nutritionist in the future. When asked what other hobbies she has she had a hard time coming up with anything as she is so busy with school, her animals, and working at Bellas Restaurant. On top of all that, this darling girl rides a sorrel horse named Chicka for the District 9 rodeo team in Idaho. She competes in goat tying and breakaway roping with the goal to qualify for the state finals.
Communication, business management, a strong work ethic, and responsibility are just a few life lessons fifteen-year-old Garrison Selman has learned from years of being involved in 4H and living an agricultural lifestyle with his family. This charming and well-versed young man is a 9th-grade student at Rocky Mountain Jr. High and lives with his family in Taylor, Utah. Garrison has shown lambs and hogs in 4H for years but is now a member of the FFA and shows his projects under the organization. He has competed on the 4H meat judging team and looks forward to possibly doing that again, and he earned the High Intermediate Individual at last year’s State 4H contest. Garrison just won the State FFA Agriscience fair in the Power Structural Division with his project on Hydrogen generation as an agricultural fuel source and will be competing at nationals in November. Garrison is also achieving success in the show pen earning 4th place in showmanship with his lamb two years ago. He enjoys the animals and being out in nature. He likes Math and Geography in school and when not busy with his animals he loves to fish! Garrison also competes locally with the Hooper Posse rodeos where he competes in Keyhole, Barrels, and Poles. Garrison looks to the future and is going into mechanical engineering for agriculture and design systems. He wants to design tractors and irrigation implementation systems. The future of agriculture in Utah is in good hands!