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Sophia Saurino

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Growing up, I have always been sure of one thing regarding my future: I want to pursue a career involving livestock/animals. As I have matured and gained experience in the agricultural world, I have been able to elaborate on this dream and come up with a specific goal path. After high school, I will go to school and intern on the farm at WVU to major in Animal Science and Nutrition and minor in Agribusiness. Following that, I would work locally as a livestock nutritionist while saving up to accomplish my long-term goal of taking over and expanding my family's small dairy to a commercial one. My family has been milking a small herd of dairy goats for a long time now but has never had the resources to take it to a Grade A level. Being able to make this jump and expand on our farm would be a dream come true and set me up for a life of doing what I love. In addition, I intend to continue work promoting the dairy industry and the importance of sustainable and diverse local agriculture. During my free time while still in high school, I love working with my animals, competing in livestock shows, running track and cross country, hanging out with friends/family, and much more. I believe that to live life to its fullest, you might as well shoot for your goals and spend it doing what you love. So, that's exactly what I am here to do!

Education

Preston High School

High School
2020 - 2024

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Majors of interest:

    • Animal Sciences
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Farming

    • Dream career goals:

      Open up a small commercial dairy while working as a livestock nutritionist.

    • Providing hoof trimming/shearing services to customers' livestock

      Entrepreneurship
      2021 – Present3 years

    Sports

    Track & Field

    Varsity
    2020 – 20244 years

    Cross-Country Running

    Varsity
    2019 – 20234 years

    Research

    • Energy Systems Technologies/Technicians

      FFA — Researcher/Presenter
      2023 – 2023

    Arts

    • 4H

      Photography
      2015 – Present

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      4H — Teen Leader
      2022 – 2023

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Entrepreneurship

    Inguz Memorial Scholarship
    My heart was racing. It was time for the 2am kid check in the barn, and this was the first year my mom had me go down by myself. I was still very young, but I was determined. Upon entering the barn, I immediately noticed one of the does giving birth. However, something was off. As I approached, I saw that she was struggling to expel a kid in breech position. Quickly rolling up my sleeves and going into the pen, I assessed the situation and got the kid out as fast as possible. With a breech birth, time is of the essence, and unfortunately the first kid was already dead when I got to the barn. I knew the job wasn't over yet, though. The doe started her second round of contractions, and I prepared to assist if necessary. The waterbag appeared along with two little white hooves but no nose. Minding the factor of time, I did not hesitate to gently pull on the kid during the next contraction and fortunately got it out in one shot. After clearing its nose with a towel, I put the kid in front of its mother to get cleaned up. Sitting back to watch for more kids or the placenta to pass, I knew even in my young age that this was something I could do for the rest of my life and be happy. Watching the miracle of life occur, making the best effort possible to help an animal, and just spending time in general with them was both a pleasure and a privilege that I got to have while growing up on our small farm. That first solo experience with kidding taught me two valuable lessons about myself and who I want to be. The first being that I love helping animals. If there was even a shot to save or help one, I wanted to take it or help someone less knowledgeable take it. If I could get a job as a vet, animal nutritionist, or something of that sort, I knew would be forever content. The second thing I learned was that my favorite animal is a goat. Now, you might be wondering why it wasn't already a goat before this incident since I had grown up with them. The truth is, I always wanted horses, but we could never afford to have one. Being so caught up in what I didn't have, I don't think I appreciated or cared enough about what I did have. However, that moment with the kidding brought a new level of connection and appreciation for the species, and ever since I have been 100% team goat as my favorite animal. All in all, spending time with and helping animals (goats in particular) is something I love and want to continue to do for the rest of my life. All of the experiences I've had growing up on my family's farm have played into this love, but that first time assisting the birth on my own and experiencing the circle of life first hand was what sealed the deal for me.