Hey! My name is Bailey Aiken and I am a sophomore from Louisburg, Ks. I am studying Biology/ Pre-Med and have intentions of becoming a pediatrician. Growing up, my parents got me involved in just about everything sports related. I have played soccer, danced, volleyball, basketball, softball, and ran in track. On the other end, I got my first pony, named Cowboy, for my 3rd birthday; ever since then, I have been on a horse. With horses, I have been involved with Mokan Youth Rodeo Association, Christian Youth Rodeo Association, and both Kansas Junior High and High School Rodeo Association. The events I competed in were barrels, poles, breakaway, and goat tying; barrels were my favorite! My dad grew up on a dairy farm, but our family didn’t get cows until my sophomore year in high school. We started out with 5 longhorns and have expanded to roughly 20. In high school, I was involved with National Honor Society, DECA, volleyball, softball, basketball, and women’s choir. My senior year, our volleyball team placed fourth at state in the 4A division. Since being at K-State, I have joined Sigma Alpha and the Pre-Med club. A few interesting facts about me are: I have a very spunky personality, my favorite color is orange, and I have 17 dogs!
I am a current junior here at Kansas State University, pursuing a degree in Animal Sciences: Pre-Vet Option along with an equine certificate. I was accepted into the Early Admissions program at the K-State Vet School and plan to attend Fall of 2016. I hope to participate in a dual program for my D.V.M and my PhD. I grew up in Olathe, Kansas with very little background in agriculture. The animal experience I do have though has come from my passion for horses. I have been riding and showing for the majority of my life, and have found my love for these animals has continue to grow since I have come to college. During my first semester here at K-State I have been able to start the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Team here and plan on showing with the team during Fall of 2014.
I knew when I came to college that the “sorority” thing just wasn’t me until I saw Sigma Alpha at the Watermelon Feed on Waters lawn. They immediately captured my attention, as they were a group of strong professional women who had a love for agriculture. I am so glad I applied to be part of this amazing sorority and I have already noticed both my knowledge and appreciation for agriculture growing from my amazing sisters.
My name is Alicia Hampton. I’m from Osawatomie, KS where I live with my mom, step-dad, and furry siblings. I went to Paola High School where I graduated in 2011. While I don’t have any siblings, I am really close with my extended family and friends. Particularly so, I am close with my mom and my cousins. My mother got a divorce when I was young and she started dating my step-dad soon after. Our little family was formed soon afterwards, but not before I formed a special bond with my mom. My mom’s family is a traditional Mexican family, in the aspect that we are a very close-knit extended family. I am currently an Agricultural Education major at Kansas State University. When I attended Paola High School, I was very involved with my high school FFA chapter. My passion for agriculture began when I was little, spending time on my grandparents small cow-calf operation. Now, my passion has carried on and I want to advocate Ag for a living. My goal is to help everyone see how vital agriculture is to everyday life. I spent my first year of college attending Allen Community College on a meats judging scholarship. Now at K-State, I am on the Poultry Judging team and I have joined Sigma Alpha Professional Sorority. I am also a member of the K-State Agricultural Education Club and the Relay for Life of K-State where I hold the Luminaria chair position. I have been participating in Relay for Life for the last 7 years. My Aunt and Grandpa have both fought Cancer and beat it. So I spend every year, at least once a year, raising money to further research so other people can watch their family members survive Cancer.
I’m a freshman here at Kansas State University. I was raised in Southwest Kansas on a family farm and have been a person of agriculture all my life. I am majoring in Agricultural Communications and Journalism with an emphasis in web and graphic design. I hope to continue to meet fun and interesting new people here at KSU and help advocate for the industry that I love. Once I graduate I am hoping to get a job with newspapers, magazines, or advertising agencies to promote and sell the beauty that is agriculture through photography. I am an active member of several groups on campus including the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. I am also currently employed at the Kansas State Sheep and Meat Goat Center and help with advancing technologies for the industry. In the past, I was involved in 4-H for 11 years and showed livestock competitively across the country, I played varsity volleyball and basketball, and was a part of Student Council and National Honors Society.
My name is Stephanie Martin and I’m part of the Pi class! Since I grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey, I hadn’t had much agriculture experience before I came to K-State. I mostly worked with small and exotic animals and didn’t really have a clue where my food came from. All that changed when I came to K-State and after two years here I feel like I’ve become pretty agriculture savvy (AND I stopped screaming with excitement every time I see a cow…I still get excited but at least I can control myself ). I’ve grown to love the agriculture industry and hope to one day initiate agriculture classes in New Jersey schools so urban students won’t have to go eighteen years without knowing what a farmer really does, like I did. I plan on first going to Veterinary school to earn my DVM/PhD and then move to start an agriculture education program for all New Jersey schools. Sigma Alpha has helped expand my knowledge on everything agriculture and I love being surrounded by close friends who share the same interests as me. I’ve gained a whole new family since joining Sigma Alpha and I’m growing every day to become a role model and a respectable woman in agriculture.
Langdon Alberta, Canada
I am a currently a junior, pursuing my B.S. in Animal Science with a Communications option. I will graduate in spring of 2015. I graduated from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M with an Associates of Agriculture in Spring 2013 and transferred to Kansas State in fall 2013. I was born and raised in Langdon Alberta, Canada. I am a Christian and my faith is very important to me. Growing up I was involved in agriculture as my family raised cattle and hay and I was heavily involved in 4-H; both in a livestock judging club and a beef and multi club. My passions have always been showing cattle and livestock judging. My future plans are to work in livestock feed and nutrition as I have a deep interest in this and plan to have a herd of cattle on the side. Joining Sigma Alpha has been a great opportunity as I network with other like-minded female agriculturists and make life-long friends.
I’m a sophomore from Elgin, Illinois. I grew up a “city girl” in the suburbs of Chicago and did not have an agriculture background. My dad is a health inspector for the state of Illinois so we did have an immense flow of dairy products in the house if that counts! I’m majoring in English-Literature with the hopes of attending grad school back home in Chicago and then working in editing or professional writing. As an out-of-state freshman who knew no one, I realized that I needed to branch out and meet people. I was opposed to traditional sororities but Sigma Alpha piqued my interest because of its professional focus. I’m glad I rushed and it’s been one of the greatest experiences yet. My seemingly non-existent agriculture knowledge has grown exponentially with the help and input of my amazing sisters.
My spare time is devoted to riding, training and showing my horses or watching White Sox and Blackhawks games. I’m a huge sport fanatic! I also enjoy spending time with my dog and window-shopping on the enchanted Michigan Ave.
I am a currently a sophomore pursuing a degree in Animal Science and Industry with a Pre Veterinary Option. Upon completion, I plan on heading back home and eventually becoming the seventh generation to take over and run the family farm while working at our local animal hospital. There I would work with both large and small animals, but would like to work more with livestock. I was raised in the small town of Waterloo in southern Illinois which is across the river from St. Louis. There I was raised on my family’s farm, Glendell Farms, which is a retired dairy farm that now farms three thousand acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, and double crop soybeans. Ever since I was, I have been outside following and helping my grandparents and dad with whatever I could. Today I operate and maintain the large equipment. Growing up I was very involved in many different organizations, raised and showed New Zealand Rabbits, and showed dairy cattle. In High School I played basketball and was very involved in 4-H, FFA, and Student Government. I also worked at my local animal hospital. Agriculture has been a large part of my life and I am very passionate about it. Sigma Alpha has allowed me to continue supporting Agriculture, and since I am from out of state it was a great way to make friends. Since joining of the Alpha Omega Chapter I have made some amazing new friends that have that same passion for agriculture as I do, and I am proud to be part of such an amazing organization.
I am currently a sophomore at K-State working towards a degree in Agricultural Communications and Journalism with a Leadership minor. Upon graduation I would like to obtain a position within a small radio station that focuses the majority of its air time to its community and the agriculture around it. I grew up on my family’s Century Farm outside of Clearfield, Iowa. Knowing farming is in my bloodstream, I have always had a passion for everything ag. Many of my high school extracurricular activities helped me develop my passion for the agriculture and journalism industries. I participated in 4-H, speech and drama, Clearfield Lions, Business Professionals of America and four sports year round. After graduation I had the opportunity to represent my county at the Iowa State Fair as the 2013 Taylor County Fair Queen. Each experience and opportunity put me on a path to become the person I am today. While at K-State I have become involved in many different activities. I am a currently a College of Agriculture Ambassador, School of Leadership Ambassador, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, CAT Crew, Marching Band, and Sigma Alpha. Each organization has its advantages, but I wouldn’t be so involved if it weren’t for Sigma Alpha. Each one of my sisters has a passion for agriculture. By being surrounded by women who all have similar interest, I know I have a support system behind me. Each and every one of my sisters will support and help me achieve my goals and dreams.