Yantis student wins state ag essay contest

By PATTI SELLS | News-Telegram Feature Writer

Mar. 22, 2007 - Yantis FFA student Stephanie Hogg was recently named the 2007 State Champion Ag Day Essay Winner.

Staff Photo by ANgela Pitts

Yantis sophomore Stephanie Hogg, left, was recently named the 2007 State Champion Ag Day Essay Winner after being encouraged to enter the contest by her ag teacher, Teresa Dudley, right.

Hogg, a sophomore at Yantis High School who plans to one day become an agriculture teacher, came across the contest on the Internet.

The topic of the essay was “Agriculture 2025."

"I liked the topic since I"m going to be teaching during that time period," Hogg explained. "It got personal. It really got me to thinking of what agriculture will be like in the future."

With encouragement from her Yantis agriculture teacher, Teresa Dudley, Hogg proceeded to write her 450-word essay on plant and soil science, crops and new technology.

"She was like, ‘You’ve got nothing to lose. Go for it,’” recalled Hogg, who included discussion and research of artificial environments.

"It’s all about producing more food in less time, which is better for the economy," said Hogg. "It’s awesome to think I could come up with something like that and win."

According to Dudley, she is proud of all her students and, especially, Hogg.

"She is really self-driven," Dudley said. "We"ve talked a little bit about the future of agriculture in class but she really researched it on her own. And for her to nail the topic like she did, that’s what teaching is all about.

"And hats off to her English teacher, too," Dudley added.

Hogg, the daughter of Michael and Sandra Hogg, plans to attend Texas A&M University-College Station, majoring in agriculture education.

"I love kids, I love agriculture and I love what FFA has done for me," she said. "It’s helped me in speaking, writing, showing. I feel like I"ve grown so much. Just to win state was so cool. I guess you could just say, ‘expect the unexpected.’"

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