The Duncan Banner

Education

March 2, 2012

Graaa-nd day

Duncan’s rochell wraps up showing career

DUNCAN — Ryan Rochell grew up raising goats and hogs, an interest he carried through to the 2012 Stephens County Junior Livestock Show.

Rochell, who is Duncan’s FFA president, received a reserve grand champion plaque for doe goats on Thursday morning, two days after capturing a reserve grand champion award for barrow hogs.

For Rochell and the other area seniors at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center this week, the Junior Livestock Show was the last opportunity to show their animals while in high school. In Rochell’s case, Thursday’s goat show wrapped up his livestock showing experience.

“(Raising and showing livestock is) just something I’ve really enjoyed,” Rochell said, following the swan song performances. “It’s a big chunk of my life gone. A lot of people say they won’t miss it. I know I will.”

Rochell started showing animals when he was about 6 years old. He and his brother Blake started by showing rabbits. About the time he was 9 years old, the Rochell brothers had graduated to hogs. A year later, they moved into showing goats.

It’s been 10 years since Ryan Rochell started with hogs, but he still gets excited when working animals in the show ring. This year, he even helped out some friends by showing their sheep, something he’s never done before.

Rochell has been involved in the Duncan High School FFA all through high school. He spent two years as chapter treasurer, before becoming chapter president for this school year.

He’s had fun working with the other FFA members, and has made friends from other chapters and in other parts of the state.

When it comes to livestock shows, it isn’t just about showing animals. Although, Rochell does enjoy the competition.

In talking with his mother, Carol, it won’t take long to discover how proud she is of her two sons. She said both of them are choosing career paths that will keep them involved in agriculture.

Because Ryan Rochell has been involved in showing livestock most of his life, the family has been there to capture much of it. In fact, his mother has put together three sizable scrapbooks to document his successes.

Carol described Thursday’s goat show as “bittersweet,” because it was the end of Rochell’s high school livestock showing days. In essence, the goat show was her son’s graduation from the livestock arena.

Despite being a senior, Rochell expects to be visible next year, helping out at various livestock shows, much like graduates from other area schools have done.

Showing livestock has consumed a large part of Rochell’s life.

The shows and raising livestock have kept him busy, but it’s been a fun ride.

“It’s not something I could have done without,” Rochell said.

1
Text Only
Education
  • Wal-Mart to cut prices more aggressively in back-to-school push

    Wal-Mart Stores plans to cut prices more aggressively during this year's back-to-school season and will add inventory to its online store as the chain battles retailers for student spending.

    July 22, 2014

  • A quarter of the world's most educated people live in the 100 largest cities

    College graduates are increasingly sorting themselves into high-cost, high-amenity cities such as Washington, New York, Boston and San Francisco, a phenomenon that threatens to segregate us across the country by education.

    July 18, 2014

  • College graduates are sorting themselves into elite cities

    Census data suggests that in 1980 a college graduate could expect to earn about 38 percent more than a worker with only a high-school diploma. Since then, the difference in their wages has only widened as our economy has shifted to bestow greater and greater rewards on the well-educated. By 1990, that number was about 57 percent. By 2011: 73 percent.

    July 11, 2014

  • How professors are using Facebook to teach

    Technology is an established part of the lives of students. But university lecturers are becoming increasingly frustrated at how they must compete with tablets and laptops for students' attention in the lecture hall.

    July 11, 2014

  • New York to offer free lunch to all middle-school students

    New York's $75 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that began last week includes the first step toward offering free lunch for all 1.1 million students, expanding a program now reserved only for the city's poorest children.

    July 9, 2014

  • Survey shows colleges flouting sexual assault rules

    More than 40 percent of 440 colleges and universities surveyed by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., haven't investigated a sexual assault in the past five years, according to a report released Wednesday.

    July 9, 2014

  • School storm shelter petition raises budget questions

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma budget writers say an initiative petition to install storm shelters and safe rooms in every Oklahoma public school could overstress the state's biggest and most critical revenue fund and slow the flow of tax dollars for vital public services.

    For the second time in less than a year, a group known as Take Shelter Oklahoma is collecting the signatures of voters to put the issue on a statewide ballot.

    July 6, 2014

  • Avoidable injuries are killing too many young Americans

    Not so cheerful news before your holiday weekend: Some sobering new government numbers show just how many young people die from injuries that could have been avoided.

    July 3, 2014

  • Study: Kids gain weight more quickly over summer break

    Any parent or teacher can tell you that schoolchildren tend to slip back a bit academically over the long summer break. But now a Harvard University study has come up with troubling indications that they also gain weight more quickly during those months when, traditionally, we hope they're outdoors much of the time, enjoying the summer sun.

    June 18, 2014

  • screenshot starbucks.jpg Starbucks to pay part of college tuition for US store workers

    Starbucks, which has offered company stock for store workers for more than two decades, will now begin picking up most of the college tab for its employees.

    June 18, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

     View Results
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.