Age: 17

Family:  Parents, Kevin and Dolynn; brothers, Evan and Devin; and sister Kristin

Hometown:  Deerfield, Mo.

FFA Chapter: Nevada FFA

What is your involvement in agriculture? “Our family has 70 head of commercial cattle on approximately 70 acres. I’m in Nevada FFA and have been involved in the local 4-H as well. My favorite event in FFA is meeting new people, although I’m not sure that’s one of the official ones. We make up fruit baskets during the holidays and deliver them while caroling to locals in the nursing homes.”

What are your plans for the future? “I plan on going to Kansas State, where I’ll be studying to become a vet and an animal chiropractor.”

Laurin said she met a practicing animal chiropractor from the Fort Scott, Kan., area a couple of years ago.

“I had a steer with some problems and he really helped. I visited with him and learned a lot and decided I’d really like to be involved in that kind of work as well as working as a vet,” Laurin said.

Other activities: “There is not time for a Iot with school and farm chores but I do love cruising,” she added. “I’m just one of those people who can’t sit still. Both of my best friends are also in agriculture so they help me in the barn with my chores. That’s our entertainment much of time. We work all day long, starting in at 6 a.m. and then we sit there in the barn some evenings and braid hair and figure out new ways to do it. But it isn’t our hair, it’s the hair on our show cattle,” she said with a giggle.


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