Welch’s Charlcie Gatewood – FFA Spotlight Presented by Oklahoma AgCredit
By Rachelle Rogers
Today’s youth are busier than they have ever been and it’s no different for Charlcie Gatewood. Charlcie, the Vice President of Welch FFA, welcomes the challenge. Growing up on a small ranch in Welch, Oklahoma she has been involved in 4H since she was nine years old and in FFA since her 8th grade year. Most weekends of the year you will find her at a rodeo barrel racing, roping calves, or tying goats and those are just a part of what she does; she also judges livestock and horses.
“The most important thing I’ve learned from FFA is how to manage my time. I’m very busy with everything,” says Charlcie. “But I love all the friendships I’ve made, the people I’ve met through FFA, and the connections I’ve made with very important people.”
Not wanting to be average is what pushes her to excel at so many different things; she wants to make a difference in this world. Serving on the Youth Tribal Council for the Cherokee Tribe is very important to Charlcie.
“We learn about our heritage and we learn how to speak Cherokee. We are trying to keep the tribe’s culture around and continue it,” states Charlcie. Last summer’s Youth Tribal Council trip to Alabama and Tennessee where they visited multiple historical Cherokee monuments had a profound affect her.
Currently a high school junior, Charlcie is also focused. She is concurrently enrolled at NEO and has already completed a staggering 29 hours of college credits. She’s also a member of the National Honor Society and STUCO. Her goal is to graduate high school with an associate degree in natural sciences. After graduation she plans to attend a four year university and pursue becoming a lawyer.