Alex’s Kye Heldermon – FFA Spotlight Presented by Oklahoma AgCredit

By Derrick Smith

Kye Heldermon is no stranger to farming or agriculture, as it has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. So, when it came time to join the Future Farmers of America club, she did not have to give it a second thought.

“When I was just starting to walk, I was already going to the barn with my dad to brush and walk the pigs,” she said. “I feel like I have been a part of FFA my entire life. But I officially joined in the eighth grade, but not much has changed.”

Heldermon is a junior at Alex High School. Along with FFA, she is also a member of the cross country, basketball, and track teams.

She said that she was introduced to showing animals at an early age and it is something that she enjoys.

“My parents were raising pigs before I was born,” she said. “And it was no question that I would show. I’ve grown a great love for showing and livestock judging over the years. I have shown pigs most of my life, but I also have shown goats, a calf, and a lamb as well.”

Kye also says that FFA has also allowed her to make connections with other students from all over the state.

“I have enjoyed the fact that FFA allows me to have friends all across the state and I’m able to connect with them at events we share similar interest in.”

There is also a lot of hardware that Heldermon has earned over the years. In FFA, she has won Star Greenhand, Division Champion Crossbred Barrow at Oklahoma Youth Expo, and OYE Premium Sale Wether Goat. Kye has also won many awards in her athletics. She is a three time state qualifier in cross country, two time state track qualifier in the 1600 meter run, and a two time state track medalist in the 3200 meter run.

Kye has advice for students that are new to FFA.

“There are going to be lots of opportunities that are given to you,” she said. “You need to take advantage of all that you can because they will teach you important life lessons and bring you life long friends.”