The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Ag

March 9, 2013

Students earn top ag honors

ENID, Okla. — Four area high school students will receive awards Monday for their accomplishments in agriculture.

The FFA and 4-H students will receive the awards, sponsored by the Enid News & Eagle, before Monday’s premium sale capping off the 79th annual Northwest District Junior Livestock Show. The awards presentation will begin at 6:45 p.m. in the Chisholm Trail Pavilion, with the premium sale beginning at 7 p.m.

Tyler Schnaithman, of Garber FFA, will receive the award as the top FFA student. Katy Lippoldt, of Kingfisher FFA, will receive the runner-up award.

The top 4-H students are Ricki Schroeder, of Kremlin-Hillsdale 4-H, and Timothy Matthews, of Okarche 4-H.

Tyler Schnaithman

Schnaithman has made it a goal to be as involved as possible in all facets of FFA. He spoke at every opportunity, exhibited livestock, judged livestock, attended state and national conventions and attended many conferences and workshops.

“I count it a blessing to be raised and to attend school in a rural setting with a small-town environment,” he said in information provided with his application. “I believe the FFA offers an incredible opportunity for us to grow as a person and to develop our leadership skills. The same skills can serve as an asset to us and our communities all of our lives.”

Some of his accomplishments before 2012 were receiving third at nationals in the FFA Creed, grand champion market lamb at Tulsa State Fair in 2011, bronze medallion market lamb at Northwest District Junior Livestock Show in 2010 and first place at the Oklahoma FFA Speech Contest in eighth-grade opportunities and natural resources.

The year 2012 was a busy one for Schnaithman. On the local level, he served as coordinator and master of ceremonies for the Garber FFA Leadership Workshop, attended by eighth-graders from the Northwest District. He served as president of Garber FFA for two years and was Northwest District COLT Confer-ence president. He was a scholarship recipient for Washington Leadership Conference. He won grand lamb at the local livestock show, reserve grand at the county show, third in class at American Royal and made the premium sale qualifier at NWDJLS.

In community/leadership activities, he planned and coordinated a haunted house on his family’s farm that benefited an injured co-op employee; coordinated a bingo-chili night for the Garber Angel Tree; and volunteered at the Garber Easter egg hunt and Fourth of July celebration.

“I look forward to finishing my senior year in a fun and fulfilling way, and I believe with my whole heart that with focus, hard work and determination, the FFA Leadership Factory molds youth into our leaders of tomorrow,” Schnaithman said.

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