Wellston student Emma Janes was honored at the Tulsa State Fair for her winning entry in a Tractor Supply Essay Contest.
The “Great Neighbor” Essay Contest encouraged youth across the country to submit a short essay detailing how a memorable 4-H or FFA experience has influenced their development as a great neighbor in their community. Tractor Supply received hundreds of entries, and Janes was selected as a winner.
Other Oklahoma students who were acknowledged were Ashlan Light of Garber, Kirsten Maly of Enid, Peyton Munden of Garber and Josey Myers of Anadarko.
“Fairs have a longstanding tradition of bringing people of all ages together to celebrate the local community and the key role that agriculture plays within it,” said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at TractorSupply Company. “The ‘Follow Us to the Fair’ Tour seeks to preserve this tradition while adding family fun to the experience. The ‘Great Neighbor’ Essay Contest also lets us recognize the incredible work 4-H and FFA youth are doing in their communities.”
Here is Emma James’ winning essay:
“My very first National FFA Convention was in 2017. My Chapter and I traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana, to witness the 90th annual FFA Convention. Looking out at that sea of blue jackets made me realize that every single person here wanted to be here. They all had worked hard and were proud to wear that blue jacket. This convention reminded me of my community in Wellston, Oklahoma. That small town is filled with hard-working people that inspire me to be a good person. But at that convention I realized I needed to be a better neighbor. The people at that convention made an effort to speak to you and ask if you needed help with anything. Those people were being great neighbors to me, a person they would never see again. That inspired me to be a better neighbor to the people I see every day. ” Emma Janes winning essay.
The winners received a plaque and Tractor Supply gift pack. The contest was part of the 60-year-old company’s “Follow Us to the Fair” Tour.