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Olivia Joyner

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Bio

I strive to become an extension agent for my local extension office and teach youth all about agriculture or becoming an Agricultural Education teacher in a high school environment. I have been apart of 4-H for 11 years and have raised beef cattle, sheep, swine, horses, rabbits, and poultry. I have been in FFA for 1 year going on 2 and have participated in CDE's. I truly am passionate about agricultural and want that to be my life. I have been accepted into Wilmington College, in Wilmington Ohio. Im pursuing a Agricultural Education dual major degree.

Education

Hicksville High School

High School
2014 - 2024

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Majors of interest:

    • Agricultural/Animal/Plant/Veterinary Science and Related Fields, Other
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Test scores:

    • 26
      ACT

    Career

    • Dream career field:

      Education

    • Dream career goals:

      Agricultural Education

    • Waitress

      The Black Cow
      2022 – 20231 year
    • Farm worker

      CR6 Cattle
      2022 – Present2 years

    Sports

    Volleyball

    Club
    2017 – 2017

    Arts

    • Painting
      2018 – Present

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      4H — Worker
      2023 – 2023

    Future Interests

    Entrepreneurship

    Selma Luna Memorial Scholarship
    As a future Agricultural Educator, I plan to inspire the youth in my career by teaching them a deep understanding of the connection between us as people and agriculture, sciences, and sustainability, and why these key ideas must be promoted in the modern life. I plan to engage students through practical experiences, encourage innovation in my classroom, and instill in my students a sense of responsibility towards the environment and food production. Practical experiences are crucial to starting a passion, especially in agriculture. By establishing experiences such as a school garden, a FFA chapter and other agricultural projects, students can experience the life cycles of crops from planting to harvest, how to complete projects on time for CDE events in FFA and even animal science aspects. Engagement creates a connection between the knowledge a student believes they have and the practical application, makes the topic more exciting and compelling for young minds. Bringing technology into an agricultural education classroom is another source of inspiration for youth. Demonstrating how modern innovations have helped humanity come so far from what we had even 40 years ago is very amazing and is sure to help young students be inspired to continue the search for even better innovations and inventions, to help sustainability. Incorporating mentorship from the local community and exposure to the agricultural industry is another very effective strategy. By organizing interactions with industry professionals, students are able to learn about the multitude of career paths available to them. Seeing how these success stories come from leading professionals in the field, and their impact on their communities, can help inspire students to imagine what their own role in shaping the future of agriculture can be. In the ways mentioned above, I can help develop a generation in the youth that goes through my classroom. A generation that is passionate about agriculture, and has the knowledge and excitement to take on the challenges of the future and present.
    Angelia Zeigler Gibbs Book Scholarship
    This new chapter in my life would be titled "From Graduation to Orientation". This period in my life encapsulates a very transformative period that is surrounded with the closure of high school, graduation, to the beginning of my college years, which is orientation. Graduating from high school serves and symbolizes the end of an academic journey but it also serves as the start of a new chapter and a new academic journey, college life. Graduation, with its caps and gowns, smiles and tassels, and plenty of parties and foods for a month or two, represents the years of dedication and hard work that all high school seniors put in to earn their diploma. Graduation is a celebration of achievements, the lessons learned, both hard and easy, and the friendships that were forged. You will bid farewell to familiar faces of your hometown and the comfort of the academic environment you have grown up in. So my chapter title tries to put the emphasis on the gravity of this very moment, the moment when you are handed that piece of paper. The pride and sentiment associated with crossing the threshold into adulthood and college life. On the other hand, Orientation has the ring of a new uncharted adventure. It signifies the initiation into the dynamic and vibrant world of college, with its new classmates, clubs, classes, dorms, and a new town. This phase of my life is surrounded by excitement, anticipation and a blend of enthusiasm and nerves of what is to come. This part of my chapter title is to encapsulate the start of a new journey. The journey from graduation and your highschool years to orientation and the future adulthood years and college years, is not merely a chronological event but is filled profoundly with personal growth. It is during this period, this summer, that I navigate the dual landscapes of reflecting on my past life and anticipation for what is to come. My past experiences will be what I build my foundation on for a collegiate environment. My title, simply put, encapsulates the bridge between the familiar and the unknown. It represents the crossroads where I bid farewell to the past while eagerly embracing the vast possibilities of the future. This chapter of my life serves as a transformative period in my life. One I wont forget.
    Inguz Memorial Scholarship
    My name is Olivia Joyner. A 11 year member of my 4-H club and a 2 year member of my career schools FFA chapter, where I study Veterinary Assisting. From a young age I had always wanted to be a veterinarian, specifically an equine vet, working with the animal that always drew me in with how majestic and beautiful they were. As I grew I soon realized that I couldn’t bear to see animals in pain, which I learned in the 6 years I raised my own herd of sheep for 4-H where I had my share of loss and heartache. It was hard to watch animals in pain and I decided that I couldn’t be a vet. I was inspired by my extension agent for 4-H and it dawned on me that I could teach what I love so much and that I can still do what I love and help future generations. That is how I decided to become an agricultural educator, with my specialty being in animal science. My favorite animal has got to be sheep. This is because I always raised them for 4-H, and they are so loving and docile. I have always been a fan of them and it’s my goal to have my own livestock operation and raise sheep. On the other hand, my interactions with animals have influenced my choice to work with them and have a career with them in the best way. Like I mentioned I wanted to be a vet, and this is due to my love of all animals, and wanting to help them when they were sick, and make them feel better. When I started raising my own animals I was soon to learn that procedures and hurt animals made me sick to my stomach. For example one time my ewe had prolapsed and we had to do a c-section to get the babies out. As soon as my vet cut the first layer of skin I couldn’t watch afraid that it was hurting her. But as soon as I was handed the babies, I got to work on making them live and raised them for the rest of their lives and I ended up taking one to fair even. When somebody has a question for me about animals, I waste no time and tell them all about it, and make sure that I educate them correctly. I love learning from my animals then teaching others. Every day I spend with my sheep, my horse, and my cattle just makes me want to do it every day for the rest of my life even more. Now I might not want to be a vet, but I do want to teach future veterinarians and save animals lives in the field, and that makes it all worth it.
    Mark Neiswander "110" Memorial Scholarship
    Most people don’t think of being an American. They will think of being their last name, or being a teenager, or being a “football kid”. Most don’t think of what brings us all together until the nation is in danger. The pride for our country brings us together. What makes me proud to be an American is my love for the land. I am from a small rural town that has no FFA chapter or any Agriculture classes but we had a local 4H club. As soon as I was able to join I did. I learned all about the values of a 4H member, and to take care of the land, and our nation and to serve the people, not just yourself. 12 years later and I’m a senior in High School looking forward to going to college. I had to learn all about Agriculture myself. Nobody taught me. I researched on my animals, what they needed to eat, the requirements for keeping them. I learned what they should look like and act like. I didn’t have a teacher to teach me this. So now I want to be the teacher I didn’t have in school. I want to pursue Agricultural Education and help others learn about what makes me so happy, the land, the livestock, and the lifestyle. The change I want to see in our country is a change of academics. The modern education systems sets most kids up for failure. Most kids don’t need to know how to code for a computer when their true passion is welding. The change I want to see is a change for the better. One to where kids can get more into what they truly want to do. This would include more career school options, agriculture and shop classes, FFA in most if not all high schools, and more trade based learning for those who would like to pursue that career path. A kid should not be left in the dark in what they want to pursue. They should have a knowledgeable adult within arms reach to teach them and inspire them to make the best better. I will effect this change by becoming an educator myself, and making sure that I inspire my students to never give up and pursue their dreams, while also guiding them the whole way through. If they don’t know, we can learn together. I want to give kids the chance I never got as a kid. To have an adult there to guide you through the process and teach you. Thank you for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day.