Rush Springs’ Kinley Bratcher- FFA Spotlight Presented by Coaches Corner


By Derrick Smith

Sometimes small things in life can have the ability to change the entire direction of your future. That is what happened to Kinley Bratcher and her involvement with the Future Farmers of America program. “I started in FFA when I was in seventh grade,” she said. “Before then, it was a challenge to get me to even touch an animal. But that all changed whenever my dad bought me my first ever showpig. Her name was Vanna White. That one show hog sparked my passion for livestock and the rest is history.”
Bratcher, now a junior in high school, has attended Rush Springs schools since the pre-K level. Along with being a member of FFA, she also plays basketball and runs track and cross country for the Lady Redskins.
As a student athlete, Kinley has had numerous people influence her life in a variety of ways. She says that there are a few people that have made a big impact on her life. “My biggest role models would definitely be my parents,” she said. “They have always pushed me to try my hardest in everything that I do. I can always count on them to be at any event I am involved in. Also, my ag teacher, Daniel Ballard. He always challenges me to go above and beyond in everything that I do.”
While she has learned a lot about the agriculture industry, Bratcher says FFA has helped her learn so much about everyday life. “The most memorable lesson I have learned though was in the summer of 2019, when I attended my first year of FFA Alumni Camp,” she said. “As I walked into the camp cafeteria, I told myself that I was going to sit by the first person I saw sitting alone. Little did I know what that gesture would teach me. I sat down and had a short conversation with a girl my age. I didn’t think much of the conversation until afterwards when I received a note from her at the end of camp. In the note, she thanked me for making her feel welcomed and accepted. Ever since that moment, I have realized that simple acts of kindness can leave lasting effects on other people.”
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