Cherokee’s Kacie Eshleman – FFA Spotlight Presented By Farm Credit of Enid

By John Tranchina

Kacie Eshleman first got involved with FFA (Future Farmers of America) based on her experience showing goats as a kid in the 4H Club, but since then, the Cherokee High School junior has seen just how much more the FFA has to offer.

Eshleman has been involved with many of the other activities in addition to showing animals (she shows pigs now) and that has made her FFA experience so much more rewarding. “I got involved with FFA when I was in eighth grade because it’s just super popular around here and I kind of wanted to try it out and see how I liked it,” said Eshleman, who also plays basketball at Cherokee. “Showing was kind of the gateway for me into FFA.

So then I started to get more involved in it, I started doing livestock judging contests and became an officer. And I just recently went to a CDE (Career Development Event) contest for ag-com, which is agricultural communica-tions, and we judged pictures and you learn about the journalism side of FFA, which was super cool, because you get to have so many connections with people that you know through all of the things that FFA puts on. I’ve met so many people through FFA.

“There’s so much to do through FFA, I’ve definitely found that out. FFA gives so many opportu-nities, it’s not just showing. I know so many kids who do not have animals at all. They didn’t be-lieve me at first that they could get involved without animals.”

In addition to FFA and basketball, Eshleman has a lot of other demands on her time, too. At Cherokee, she is also involved in the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), as well as One Act (where she does acting) and the Speech and Debate Club (where she focuses on speech). She is also very involved in her church youth group where she helps mentor little kids.