Ok Ag Credit 1125

Taylor Welch just finished her sophomore year at Quapaw High School. She has been involved in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) for three years.

"Agri-Science was one of the first things I did as an FFA member," she said. "My step-dad showed cattle in high school and he later introduced me to showing animals at the county fair which led me to explore other areas in FFA like opening ceremonies team and archery."

Welch is actively involved in her FFA chapter as an officer, Agri-Science fairs, and livestock showing. The competition can be fierce, and it really shows the effort you put in.

"The competition that comes with Ag-Science can be tough because you don’t know what the competitors projects are, all you can do it prepare and present yours in the best way that will the spark the judges attention and keep them interested on your project long enough to get your research out to them."

Welch's favorite part of being in FFA is the opportunities it provides high school students to explore learning outside of the classroom.

"One of my most memorable moments was when I placed first at state and advanced to nationals, which was held in Indianapolis, Indiana," she said. "There I went to my very first concert ever, and it was surely one to remember, as it was none other than Garth Brooks. We ended up placing seventh in the nation with a gold metal."

Welch has lived in Quapaw her whole life and she loves the community.

"Everyone knows me and my parents and it feels like a small-town family," she said. "The school is the heart of the town... and continues to thrive with the community support."

Speaking of family, Welch says her role model is her mother.

"The person I look up to most is my mom," she said. "Most people might say they look up to their grandparents or teacher, but a mom's dedication and loyalty will always have a greater impact than any other influence. My mom has been my personal cheerleader since day one. She’s shown me what it is to work and always strive to do my best in everything I do."

In the fall, Welch will take concurrent classes at NEO A&M as she starts her junior year of high school. After high school, she plans to attend Oklahoma State University to pursue a career in Ag Business.

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