Fairview’s Emily Cusack - FFA Spotlight Presented By Farm Credit of Enid
By Travis Sloat
Five years of showing goats and being involved in the FFA at Fairview High School has caused senior Emily Cusack to “fall in love” with the animals. “I’ve worked with cattle all my life,” Cusack said. “I wanted to do something different and I just fell in love with goats because they have a very heavy personality and keep you on your toes. One major reason I love showing goats is because the showing industry is a very tight knit community and the people involved in it are very compassionate and dedicated.”
Cusack is the chapter vice president for Fairview FFA, and she also judges livestock, is on the Ag Comm CDE team, and hopes to begin giving speeches this year. “I love being involved in different sports and student led organizations because of the people you meet and the connections you make,” she said. “Being involved in activities like these are the building blocks of developing who you are as a person.”
Cusack had nothing but high praise for the FFA as an organization to help coax young people into the world of interacting with their peers. “This organization would have no value without the people involved in it,” she said. “FFA has completely changed the way I think and live. This because FFA is an organization where you never stop learning. No matter who you are or where you come from, you can make a positive impact in someone’s life.”
When it comes to post graduation plans, Cusack said she’s still trying to decide on attending Oklahoma State University or Northwestern Oklahoma State University, but she knows she wants to major in agricultural education with a minor in business. In her free time, she said she enjoys spending time with friends and family.
As for being an ambassador for the FFA, Cusack said it all comes down to asking a few simple questions before someone realizes that anyone can be deeply involved in the organization. “I ask what some of your hobbies are,” she said. “Because FFA truly has something for everyone, no matter the background. Then I would explain that no matter what you pick, you won’t be alone. Trying new things can be scary, but having someone there to help you is what FFA is all about.”