Youth in Ag
Family and ages: Parents James and Jodi Hawkins; sisters: Casie, 21, and Madison, 11
Hometown: Inola, Okla.
FFA Chapter: Inola FFA
Advisor: Mitchell Hankins
What is your favorite aspect of agriculture?
“Right now my favorite part is showing hogs because I to go around the country and meet new people as well as care for animals I enjoy.”
Who is the most influential person in your life?
“At this point in time it is my ag teacher, Mitchell Hankins because I want to become an ag teacher. He is coaching me on what I need to pursue and learn to get there. I want to give back to the organizations and systems that have given me so much. I may start my future education at the College of the Ozarks or Northeast Oklahoma College, then transfer to OSU to complete my ag education degree.”
What is your current involvement in agriculture?
“Agriculture is actually the center of my life. I raise mostly Duroc pigs but just bred Yorkshire gilt and donated three. I participate in meat judging, cattle grading and some livestock judging. I bale hay and help other farmers and ranchers work their cattle. I attend FFA sponsored academies in the summertime. One I particularly enjoyed was the Future Agricultural Teachers Education Academy at Oklahoma State University, which showed us how to pursue the degree and also how to make a lesson plan. I have attended Alumni Camp, which is a leadership camp, for the last three years. They call it ‘the happiest place on earth,’ and I agree. You meet a group of strangers, and you become family by the end of the fourth day. I really like showing because it’s really family time and we all work together.”
What is your favorite possession?
“My FFA jacket represents the meaning of life and is leading me towards what I believe are the ultimate experiences where you meet the best people in terms of values and what they provide for their country, people I want to be like.”
What is your favorite agricultural memory?
“One of my favorite memories was riding horses in an arena while my dad was roping when I was only 4.”