CSU student wins national contests
Shelby McCracken was named the winner of the National Spokesperson for Agriculture contest and one of two winners in the National Ag Communications contest. The contests were part of the program at the 46th National Young Farmer Educational Institute held Dec. 5 to 9 in Memphis, Tenn.
He won the 2012 Colorado Spokesperson for Agriculture contest and received an expense paid trip to compete in the National Contest to represent Colorado.
Shelby is the son of Steve and Diane McCracken from Siebert, Colo. They were fortunate to attend the contests and participate in the Institute activities.
He is a 2009 graduate of Hi-Plains High School. He has been an active member of FFA for six years and served as the 2009-10 vice president of the Colorado FFA Association.
An outstanding student, he was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated as class Valedictorian.
He has received numerous honors during his FFA career. He was a member of the Colorado Knowledge Bowl team, second place Colorado FFA Livestock Judging team, National FFA Livestock Judging Silver team and bronze individual, Runner-Up in the Colorado Prepared Public Speaking contest and the Colorado winner of the FFA Home Community Development Proficiency Award. He received the Runner-Up award in the district Extemporaneous Speaking contest. He also served as District President, Sentinel and Executive Committee Member.
McCracken was a leader in 4-H activities where he served as club secretary and president and was a Colorado 4-H state officer. He was also the county president and senator. He was the Kit Carson Senior Horse Showman and a member of the county Trap Shooting state champion team.
During high school, he served as treasurer and historian of the local FBLA Chapter, was a member of Drama Club, on Student Council, a member of the Colorado State Patrol Youth Academy and received Honorable Mentions on the All Conference Football team.
McCracken is currently a junior at Colorado State University majoring in Agriculture Education and Sociology. He is an agricultural ambassador, was vice president of the Ag Council, served as reporter and treasurer of the ATA/Young Farmer Chapter and is in the Honors Program.
As the winner in the National Ag Communications contest, McCracken will receive an expense-paid trip to participate in the National Ag Promise program in Washington, D.C., in February. He will also assist with the Ag Communications program at the 2013 National Institute in San Antonio, Texas, in December.