Academic Achiever of the Week: Megan Becker
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Our Academic Achiever of the Week has always had a passion for animals.
Megan Becker has lived on the farm her entire life and she’s been showing cattle since she was nine.
She said, “We raise angus on our farm mainly but we - but I show different breeds.”
Megan fell in love with showing cattle the first time she went to the state fair. Her biggest strength is showmanship and it’s taken her pretty far. In fact, in 2017, she won Washington County Fair Grand Champion for her steer.
Megan remembered, “It was definitely a very wonderful experience for me because it’s been a life-long dream of mine to become the grand champion steer - to have the grand champion steer.”
On top of showing cattle, Megan is active in 4H, the American Shorthorn Association, the Ohio Cattlemen Association, the Ohio Junior Simmental Association, and is president of her FFA chapter.
While her FFA team has won second in the state at a soil competition, even qualifying for nationals, medals aren’t all Megan’s gotten out of it.
“It’s taught me so many different things and given me so many opportunities to meet different people and I feel like the FFA has helped me become the leader that I am,” she said.
Farm life seems to be woven into Megan’s DNA. In fact, it’s something that inspired her choice of career.
She said, “Whenever we would have our veterinarian come out to the farm for - to work on the cattle, I would always want to be right there and looking at what he’s doing and ask questions”
Saving a calf’s life solidified that dream.
Megan remembered, “A few years ago, we had one of my show heifers that was going to have a calf and we actually ended up having to pull the calf because she was having trouble in labor and that - the calf survived.”
Megan plans on pursuing that dream as a pre-veterinary major at University of Findlay.
Copyright 2021 WTAP. All rights reserved.