Age: 16
Hometown: Osceola, Mo.
Parents: Steve and Kim Wheeler
Siblings: Sydney and Bailey
FFA Chapter: Osceola FFA
Advisor: Charles Simpson

What is your involvement in agriculture?
“I have been involved in agriculture since I was born. My grandparents (Burleigh and Doris Wheeler) own the sale barn in Osceola (Wheeler and Sons Livestock Auction), so I get to work there. My parents also have a cow/calf operation in Osceola. I am also involved in the Missouri Rodeo Association.”

What is your favorite part of living on a farm?
“My favorite part of living on a farm in having the responsibility of taking care of all my animals, and growing never-ending bonds with them.”

What are your future plans? Do they involve agriculture in some way?
“My future plans are to finish high school and attend Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., and major in agriculture business/sales. I plan to continue rodeoing and pursue a job in agriculture sales.”

Who has been your biggest influence and why?
“My biggest influence would have to be my dad. At an early age, he taught me the importance of hard work. He has always pushed me the hardest in school, FFA and rodeo. Working at your family business, Wheeler and Sons Livestock Auction, he taught me that if you don’t work hard for what you want, you won’t achieve anything.”


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