Name: Katherine Hankins, 17
Parents: Greg and Tracy Hankins
Hometown: Ash Grove, Mo.
FFA Chapter: Republic FFA
Advisors: Mr. Wes Davis and Mr. Mike Shumaker
Agriculture Involvement: “I’ve lived on a farm all my life. We raise Angus cattle. I’ve also raised goats, pigs and chickens. I help my dad out on the farm in the summers. We have a 100-acre farm and I help bale hay and cut seed,” explained Katherine.
FFA Involvement: “My older sister was in FFA, so I grew up behind that. I took ag classes my freshman year. During my sophomore year I was chapter secretary and I was the chapter vice-president for the 2012-2013 school year,” said Katherine.
Career Development Events: Over the years Katherine has participated at the district and state levels on the dairy foods, ag issues and ag sales teams. She also competes in fall and spring public speaking.
Who is the most influential person in your life?
“My dad. He has always been the kind of guy who is outside working. I wanted to be just like him. I enjoy being outside more than inside. He grew up on a farm and knows what he is talking about,” shared Katherine.
Future Plans: “I want to continue to work toward earning my State FFA Degree and American FFA Degree. I hope to attend Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo., majoring in agricultural business,” concluded Katherine.
Story and Photo by Lynzee Glass