Friday, August 29, 2014

Elite Citizen Scholar: Tristan Davis

5/16/2014

Tristan Davis’ activity in the community has spanned athletics, academics, community service and farm work. But one effort stood out the most to him — helping youth farmers learn how to show swine for their 4-H projects.

Davis, 18, said he thinks it’s important to be active in the community because it’s everyone’s responsibility to make the world a better place.

Tristan Davis’ activity in the community has spanned athletics, academics, community service and farm work. But one effort stood out the most to him — helping youth farmers learn how to show swine for their 4-H projects.

Davis, 18, said he thinks it’s important to be active in the community because it’s everyone’s responsibility to make the world a better place.

“Active citizenship is important because it’s everyone’s job to better their community and make things better for the next generation,” he said. “Good citizenship shows that one is responsible and does their part to improve the community.”

Davis, a senior at Central Heights, said an active citizen is more interested in the benefits others receive than what they themselves receive.

“An advantage of being an active citizen is seeing the smiles they put on other’s faces when something has been accomplished,” Davis said. “Not to mention, positive results makes a person want to help others even more.”

Davis, the son of Jack and Lisa Davis, knows a thing or two about helping others and watching those he helped succeed. He said he helps local youth by preparing them for 4-H competitions and showing them the ropes of exhibiting swine competitively.

“I have helped organize and present three swine showmanship clinics in the last four years,” Davis said. “I invite youth in the 4-H swine project and their families from across the state to learn about swine and how to properly show them. Approximately 55 people have attended each session.”

Davis said teaching the younger future farmers gave him the opportunity to interact with the youth and allowed him the give back to the community.

“I enjoy this activity, not only because I have seen the youth improve in their showmanship skill levels, but this also gives me a chance to interact with younger youth and volunteer my time to help others,” he said. “It is great to see how happy they are after being successful either through winning or by a judge commenting on how well they preformed.”

But his leadership as a role model doesn’t end when the clinics come to a close.

“To continue on with the teaching, prior to the youth entering their showmanship class at a show, I will work with them and refresh their memories on what we went over at the clinic and what the judge is looking for,” he said. “I help them watch classes prior to theirs and point out things that they need to do when it is their showing time.”

Davis works on his family farm, a farrow-to-finish hog and beef cattle operation, as a member of the hay crew. Davis said the farm produces its own hay for it’s cattle operation and also does custom work for others.

He plans to attend Kansas State University to study animal science and minor in agriculture mechanics, and hopes to return to work on the family farm. He said he hopes to one day purchase his own land, he said.

“My dream is to raise a family on my farm and give my children a rural living experience like I was able to receive,” Davis said. “I want them to learn responsibility, as well as appreciate hard work and the blessings that are around us every day.”

Davis participated in 4-H and FFA for several years and was a constant volunteer for church activities. He also volunteered for the Cutler Township Fire Department, participated in the National Honor Society, Central Heights Student Council, Students Against Destructive Decisions, and participated football, basketball and baseball for Central Heights.

Davis has never been shy to lend a helping hand. Even when he moves to Manhattan for college, he plans to help back home whenever he can.

“I plan to return home most weekends while attending college so I may continue to help on the farm and share what I have learned,” he said.

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