With more than 50 talented applicants from colleges and universities across the U.S., we are excited to offer four undergraduate college students the opportunity to serve as the 2016 National Western Livestock Show Media Interns. Meet this year's interns below!
Ashtin Bechtold - Oklahoma State University
Growing up in Dixon, Calif., I never imagined I would travel half way across the country to attend college. After learning from the agricultural industry and showing cattle in high school, I found my passion in the industry that has given me so much in life. Today, I am proud to be a senior at Oklahoma State University studying animal science and agricultural communications. I have thoroughly enjoyed and gained skills at OSU that are important to my future in the livestock industry. Upon graduation in May, I plan to pursue a master’s degree in animal science while strengthening my agricultural knowledge at OSU. I am excited and passionate about making the 110-year anniversary of the National Western Stock Show a complete success!
Rebecca Church - University of Minnesota
My hometown is Hastings, Minnesota where my family and I raise cattle and lambs to show. Throughout my 4-H and FFA careers, I have also been active showing market hogs.
At the University of Minnesota, I am majoring in agricultural communications and marketing and minoring in animal science and digital design. I am a junior, but will be graduating in December 2016.
On campus, I work in the communications department for the College of Ag. I am active in Block and Bridle Club, where I have served on the executive team and as a head coordinator of the 2015 Minnesota Junior Spring Classic Beef Show. I am currently serving as the show’s Promotional Chair, and as the Swine Chair for this year’s 100th Minnesota Royal. I also represent Team Beef Minnesota by running races in surrounding communities to promote the beef industry.
Capturing the intensity and family togetherness in and out of the show ring has always intrigued me. I love sharing my agricultural story with others through creative blogging and photography, and have carried that passion into my internship and leadership experiences.
I have been fortunate to hold internships with Certified Angus Beef, BEEF Magazine and Rachel Marthaler Photography, plus blog for Ranch House Designs. In addition, I have completed projects for National Hog Farmer, Minnesota Beef Council and Minnesota 4-H. Upon graduation, I would like to work for an agricultural business in public relations or integrated marketing and communications.
I remain appreciative of the numerous opportunities that the livestock industry continues to provide. Whether it’s in the yards, on the hill or in the show ring, I cannot wait to see you all at the 110th National Western Stock Show!
Rachel Metzger - Oklahoma State University
My name is Rachel Metzger and I was born and raised in Stillwater, Okla. I grew up showing horses through the American Quarter Horse Association and spent the majority of my childhood at the barn. I come from a non-traditional agricultural background as neither of my parents has any involvement in agriculture.
My love for horses came at an early age, but I truly discovered my passion for the agricultural industry through the FFA. I was active in my local chapter and served as the chapter secretary. I participated in public speaking as well as opening ceremonies contests and quiz bowl. I had the opportunity to show cattle my senior year and fell in love with the beef industry. I only wish I had had the opportunity to start at an earlier age.
I often get a funny look when people discover I am from Stillwater and attend Oklahoma State University, ten minutes from where I grew up. However, there is no other school I would have considered. I am currently an animal science and agricultural communications senior and have loved every minute of my time at OSU.
After graduation in May, I hope to pursue a master’s degree in agricultural communications at OSU. After obtaining my master’s degree, I hope to turn my passion for magazine design into a career and work for an agricultural publication like Oklahoma Country, Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s magazine.
I am thrilled to serve as one of the National Western Stock Show’s media interns this year and can’t wait to experience the show from behind the scenes. I have a passion for photography, design and writing, and I am excited to help promote one of the greatest livestock shows in the country!
Katie Roberti - California Polytechnic State University
Katie Roberti comes from Loyalton, Calif., a town with no stoplights, located 50 miles north of Lake Tahoe. She was raised on her family’s Angus cattle and hay operation and showed her first Angus heifer when she was eight years old. Like most ranch-kids, her childhood was made up of 4-H meetings, feeding bottle calves and playing outdoors. Her background in showing cattle and being raised on a ranch gave her the desire to study agriculture in college. Katie is currently an agricultural communication senior at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is excited to graduate in June and obtain a career in which she can communicate with the public about agriculture and help preserve the industry’s future. Katie’s passion for the agriculture industry and love for livestock shows combined with her interests in photography, writing and design made applying for the NWSS Media Internship an easy decision. She is thankful for this opportunity and excited to be in Denver in a few weeks.