Rose Davies – Idaho Interview by Claire Plath Nomination by Christy Davies Photography by Summer Brander Photography Issue 32 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Rose Davies strives daily to accomplish her dreams, whether it's playing soccer as a 4 year starter or leading or FFA chapter as president or chasing banners in the livestock show ring, she does it with intensity, passion and integrity. It is this that has led her to traveling all over the country representing agriculture. She has her own business for which she raises and sells show lambs and will be attending Blackhawk College to pursue a degree in agriculture business and looking at law following.
Photography by Legacy Livestock Imaging
What do you love most about being involved in agriculture your whole life, and how it has also led you to become so active in FFA? Agriculture has always been a staple in our family growing up. I became extremely active in 4H and FFA over the past eight years, I started showing nationally and ran for FFA Office. My parents, 4H leaders, and mentors always drove me to do whatever I dreamed of, I then made the decision to dive into FFA and showing my livestock.
Tell me about your experiences of traveling all over the country to represent agriculture. These past eight years I have travelled to many different states, meeting new people and finding new experiences. One of my favorite shows is the Northern International Livestock Exposition, in Billings, Montana. This show takes place in early October, I have met my best friends at this show and have had extreme success here. The show circuit takes place all spring, summer and then the national show circuit starts with NILE and ends in Denver in January.
Photography by Robyn @ Cowfoto
What impact does the youth have on agriculture and building their communities through it? Agriculture is an essential part of the world's future, with youth becoming involved more it shows the potential of our future. Showing livestock helps drive the prospects of the commercial livestock industry, but it also shows how the agriculture industry in crops.
How has your love for agriculture led you to attend Blackhawk College while also pursuing a degree in agriculture business? Showing nationally allows you to meet tons of people, which is when I heard about Blackhawk. This school has an outstanding agricultural business program and a full vet tech program. This was my dream school, it made it even easier to say yes when I was given the opportunity to judge livestock collegiately.
What are some ways you can inspire other teens to become active in their communities to improve the environment of our country? As a high school student, life was always pushed to improve your transcript and resumes for colleges. While it is our future, it is also your high school experiences. Getting involved in your individual communities can be easy, do something you love, but that doesn't just help you. Join your local FFA chapter and get active, volunteer to tutor students in your school district, or pick up trash around town.
Photography by Jennifer Cummins
Can you tell me more about your passion for soccer, and how it has also led you to being a 4 year starter? My career in soccer started when I was five years old. My parents were both extremely active through life and both played a variety of sports, so what do I do? Choose the one sport they never played of course. I went from rec, to club, to school ball and have so many memories on and off the field, of course every athlete eventually has an injury and mine came in the middle of my senior year when I tore my acl. I had gone from four year starter to on the bench cheering on my team, I postponed surgery for two months, and continued showing to pursue my dreams.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? To the show kid sitting at home reading this, Keep working, no matter what, always believe in what you are doing. I know that it can be difficult when your parents say you can't go out with friends because you have to wash your animals or clean pens or catch up on school work because you missed some for a show. Remember that this is to achieve your goals. Keep pushing yourself, your village is behind you!
Rose will be featured in issue 32 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!