The National Western Stock Show is excited to offer six undergraduate college students the opportunity to serve as 2020 National Western Livestock Show Media Scholars. During their National Western experience, they will host a range of responsibilities from writing human interest stories and contributing to the NWSS Livestock blog to managing the NWSS Livestock Exhibitors social media platforms and shooting in the ring/ around the grounds candid photos.
The 2020 National Western Livestock Show Media Scholars applicant pool included nearly 60 talented students from 19 different colleges/ universities across the U.S. The 2020 National Western Livestock Show Media Scholars include:
Week #1 Rotation:
Chloé Fowler - Cal Poly
Chloé Fowler is a senior at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and comes from a seven generation, commercial cattle operation in Ono, California. She has interned with the American Angus Association as well as the Arizona National Livestock Show as a media intern. Currently, she serves as the Marketing Manager for Cal Poly's Western Bonanza Junior Livestock Show, the largest, entirely student run junior livestock show in the country. Her hopes are to pursue a career in the fair and rodeo event industry, focusing on livestock and promoting agriculture for the next generation through media and communications.
Sierra Day - Kansas State
A tenth-generation agriculturist from the Land of Lincoln, Sierra Day is no stranger to the livestock industry and show livestock industry. Currently a senior at Kansas State University in Animal Sciences & Industry and Agriculture Communications, Sierra was heavily involved in raising Angus cattle, corn and soybeans on her family’s operation in central Illinois. Sierra spent her youth as a member of organizations such as 4-H, FFA and the National Junior Angus Association. Through these experiences, she was able to show Angus cattle on the local, state and national levels along with other contests and leadership opportunities that were presented through these programs. As a student, she remains active in collegiate clubs such as Block & Bridle and Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow while also serving as a communications student worker in the animal science department at K-State. Sierra’s background and involvement in the agriculture industry has forever instilled a passion inside of her which fuels excitement for being an intern at the National Western Stock Show. A former exhibitor of the NWSS, Sierra is eager to change roles this year while remaining in the atmosphere that she truly enjoys while being a part of the National Western Stock Show Media Scholar Program!
Week #2 Rotation:
Cheyenne Swoope - Kansas State
I am Cheyenne Swoope, a junior in Animal Sciences & Industry and Agricultural Communications & Journalism at Kansas State University. I grew up outside of Tyler, Texas competing in rodeo, showing Brahman cattle, club lambs and helping my family run a purebred Simmental operation. A career in agriculture has always been something I was very adamant about pursuing, but I did not find interest in marketing and communications until after coming to Kansas State. During my time in Manhattan, Kansas, I have competed on the KSU Meat Judging team, been a part of the National Agri-Marketing Association and several other collegiate clubs. I recently founded and operate Half Cent Designs & Photography, a graphic/web design and photography business. I am so blessed and humbled to have been selected as a NWSS Media Scholar. I look forward to all of the challenging, memorable experiences I will have during the Best 16 Days in January!
Peyton Schmitt - Iowa State
Peyton Schmitt grew up in southeast Iowa on her family's row-crop and small Hereford cow-calf operation. She began showing cattle at age six, and continued to show livestock and be actively involved in 4-H, FFA, and youth breed organizations. In addition to a passion for agriculture and the livestock industry, these organizations allowed Schmitt to expand her interests in areas of leadership and communication as well. These experiences lead her to Iowa State University, where she is currently a junior pursuing a degree in Agricultural Communications, with a minor in Animal Science. Schmitt is also the current Communications Intern for the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers. She is eager to pursue a career which allows her to combine her passion for the livestock industry and strong communication skills to support and advocate for livestock producers and agriculture as a whole.
Week #3 Rotation:
Riley Reep - Texas Tech
I come from the small town of Ropesville which is located in the Texas panhandle. Throughout grade school, I exhibited market barrows and breeding gilts. I currently attend Texas Tech University as a junior pursuing a major in agricultural communications and animal science minor. At Tech, I am involved in AgriTechsans, Agricultural Ambassadors and the Matador Institute of Leadership Engagement (MILE) Program. In the future, I plan on pursuing a career in promoting the livestock industry.
Taylor Conley - Iowa State
Taylor Conley is originally from New Enterprise, Pennsylvania. She is currently a senior at Iowa State University where she is majoring in animal science. At ISU, Taylor serves as the Swine Interest Group Vice President and the 2020 Block & Bridle National Convention Public Relations Chair. Taylor recently completed her term as the Eastern Region Director for the National Junior Swine Association Junior Board of Directors. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in agricultural communications.
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