Competitions & Education
Twelve youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program were awarded scholarships from the fair’s Applied Youth Livestock Scholarship Program. Judging was based on applicants’ participation in livestock shows during the 2015 fair, as well as on leadership and community service activities and an essay.
Sarah is a 17-year-old rising senior at Fuqua School in Farmville. She has been showing livestock at the State Fair since she was 10. Sarah enjoys raising show goats, showing and judging livestock and cheerleading. After high school she would like to attend a junior college and be a part of a judging team.
Favorite part of the State Fair: “Getting to see my friends that I have become close with over the past seven years.”
Kaylyn, who’s 18, is from Broadway. This fall she will be a freshman at Virginia Tech, where she will major in applied economic management and hopes to minor in agricultural marketing. Kaylyn also is looking at minoring in agricultural education. She lives on a club lamb and beef cattle farm and plans to have a club lamb and show pig business in the future.
Favorite part of the State Fair: “I love how laid-back the State Fair of Virginia is. Surprisingly, it is one of the few shows I attend that is not too stressful on me, and I get to see people from across the state I usually do not get to see on a regular basis.”
Robert attends the University of Northwestern Ohio, where he is majoring in agricultural technology and diesel mechanics. He was a member of the Orange County 4-H Club and served as that organization’s treasurer and vice president. He also was a member of the livestock judging team and the cattle working team. His leadership continued in the Eastern View High School FFA Chapter, where he served as president. He is also a member of the Virginia Junior Angus Association, where he has held multiple leadership positions. He enjoys showing cattle at regional and national Angus shows.
Favorite part of the State Fair: “I really enjoy the friendships that I’ve made while showing at the State Fair the past several years.”
Cassidy is the daughter of Burke and Allison Simmons. Their family farm is involved in poultry, sheep, and cattle production. She is a member of her county livestock judging team and a junior at Fort Defiance High School.
Favorite part of the State Fair: “Watching the various species shows and learning from the judges.”
Zach, 14, is a freshman at Riverheads High School. He is from Greenville and is a member of the Augusta County 4-H Livestock Club and Riverheads High School FFA. Zach lives on his family’s farm, which is a registered Angus operation. He is a member of the Virginia Junior Angus Association and shows Angus heifers on the state, local and national levels. Zach has shown both lamb and hogs at his county show and hogs at the State Fair of Virginia. He enjoys participating in Stockmen’s, livestock and meats judging contests for 4-H and FFA.
Career Goals: “I am interested in pursuing a career in the agriculture industry.”
Caleb, 15, is the son of Mike and Ruth Boden of Clear Brook. He loves raising and showing livestock and has shown cattle, sheep, hogs and goats at the State Fair of Virginia as a 4-H and FFA member since he was 9. He has his own herd of cattle and is looking to expand his swine and goat operation. He is interested in pursuing a career in the livestock industry. Caleb enjoys playing basketball. His favorite part of the State Fair of Virginia is getting to see his friends from around the state. He plans to attend a junior college to pursue an associate’s degree in animal science. He appreciates the support of the State Fair of Virginia scholarship to assist with that cost.
Career Goals: “I plan to attend a junior college to pursue an associate’s degree in animal science.”
Tiffany attends Strasburg High School and is an active member of the Strasburg High School FFA and Shenandoah County 4-H, where she developed a passion for showing livestock. Tiffany has shown goats at her county fair for seven years and cattle for six years. In addition, she has shown livestock at the State Fair of Virginia for four years. At the State Fair of Virginia, Tiffany has placed in the top five in the Premier Goat Exhibitor Contest and boasts winning the Reserve Champion Light Weight doe in 2015. Those achievements led to her being interviewed by the National FFA Organization regarding her breeding goat program, SAE.
Career Goals: “In the future I would like to become a pharmacist with plans to go into animal medicine someday.”
Leah is a 13-year-old Blacksburg native who will be attending ninth grade in the fall. She is the daughter of Scott and Lori Greiner and has one older sister, Kaylee. Besides showing goats and sheep, Leah also participates in stockmen's and livestock judging contests.
Career Goals: “In my future I plan to pursue a career in the health industry, such as becoming a Nurse Practitioner.”
Jackson, 13, attends J. Frank Hillyard Middle School, where he is active in FFA and 4-H. He enjoys showing hogs and sheep at the Rockingham County Fair and the State Fair of Virginia, and he also has shown sheep at the Junior All American Show in Massachusetts and NAILE in Louisville, Ky. Jackson, and his brothers, William, 17, and Thomas, 10, have raised 100 ewes and three sows that are the source of many of their show animals. Jackson enjoys taking pigs and lambs to community events such as Farm to School Days, to educate children about farming.
Fun Fact: Jackson likes to travel and has been to 25 states and Canada. Wyoming is his favorite place to visit.
Chet, 12, is the son of Mike and Ruth Boden of Clear Brook. He has exhibited cattle, sheep, goats and hogs at the State Fair of Virginia since he was 9. His favorite species is goats. Chet loves to farm and play football. He is happiest on a tractor. Chet would like to pursue his love of ag machinery, whether its designing them or repairing them. He is a member of the Frederick County 4-H Livestock Club and participates in junior stockmen’s, livestock and meats judging.
Fun Fact: Chet started participating in the fair in the sheep costume class when he was 6.
Ryan is a rising eighth-grader at Central Academy Middle School. He is a member of the National Junior Honor Society, FFA and track team and enjoys playing basketball. He is active in the Rockbridge Stockmen’s and Botetourt Kid’s and Critters 4-H clubs, as well as the competitive livestock judging and stockmen’s team. He lives with his parents on a farm located between Buchanan and Natural Bridge. “Even though our farm is relatively small, it is home to my valued show animals, which include Angus heifers, purebred gilts and crossbred sheep, as well as my parents’ quarter horses. I enjoy preparing and showing my livestock across the country, as it takes me to new places and I get to meet new people.
Fun Fact: “I love sushi!”
Laura is 13 and attends seventh grade at Hickory Middle School. She is a fifth-year member of the Chesapeake 4-H Livestock Club and shows market steers, hogs and goats, as well as breeding goats. This was Laura’s second year showing a goat at the State Fair, and she is looking forward to showing again this year!
Fun Fact: “I am a third-generation 4-H member on both sides of my family. Both of my granddaddies and my mom and dad were all members of the Chesapeake 4-H Livestock Club.”