DeLynn Butler holds many titles within her ag organizations. She's the president of the Littlefield 4-H club, secretary of the Littlefield FFA chapter, she shows steers, and is a member of the livestock judging team. But the role that has taught her the most is being a 4-H livestock ambassador where she travels around the state raising awareness and involvement of young people in agriculture.
"It's the Texas 4-H livestock ambassadors," Butler said. "I went to the camp two summers ago and we just raise awareness for agriculture all around the state, whether it's volunteering for younger 4-Hers in your country, or going all the way to the Houston Stock Show to talk to people that have never heard about it before."
Littlefield ag science teacher Brandon Bowman said that DeLynn continues to be a role model for younger students, not only within their FFA program, but outside in her other activities as well.
"DeLynn has been a role model, and I would like to think not just in this chapter, but also in the school and through 4-H and her work there as well," Bowman said. "The younger kids see her and see her doing things and I get asked all the time how do I get involved in leadership contests, how did DeLynn make it to area in job interview, and it's just through her hard work that she has been able to accomplish this stuff."
Butler said that what surprised her the most about 4-H was all of the different activities the program offered. It wasn't just plows and cows as the stereotype mentions, but you can learn about fashion, food, and science as well.
"I joined 4-H in the 4th grade because all my friends were in it and I thought it was just a cool thing to do," Butler said. "But as I got more involved, I found out about how many opportunities there were. I started stock showing through pigs and I got more involved, I joined the fashion project through 4-H and also the public speaking."
And the job interview competition taught her skills that she then went out and put to good use. Butler works at an after school job and has for last three years to help fund her show steer projects.
"You basically fix up your resume, a cover letter, you need three professional letters of recommendation, and then you go in to an actual job interview with two judges," Butler said. "They prompt you on your questions and you have to choose an agriculture related career that you would be interviewing."
Bowman said that DeLynn is a true asset to the Littlefield ag program. With more than 120 students involved in different ag activities, it's students like DeLynn that get the job done.
"DeLynn, since she's been involved, is the type of person that likes to take charge, and that's good," Bowman said. "She's always willing to do whatever it takes to get something going, whether it be a chapter meeting, serving as an officer, or helping plan for our banquet, or community service projects. Whatever it is we are doing, DeLynn is always ready to spearhead it and pitch in to do what she needs to do."
Butler said that she grew up on the farm so she hopes to keep agriculture a big part of her life for years to come. She is planning to pursue an ag degree this fall in college.
"I've applied to Tarleton State University and West Texas A&M University. I plan to go to West Texas and major in agriculture media communications," Butler said.
Congratulations again to DeLynn Butler, this week's Ag Student of the Week and a senior at Littlefield High School. If you would like to nominate a deserving young person for our show, please email us at email@example.com .