Blinn agricultural sciences graduate headed to Oklahoma State University
After two years on the Blinn livestock judging team, Ag Club, and Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Patterson will pursue a bachelor’s degree in animal science
July 12, 2018
After graduating in the top 10 percent in her class at East Central High School, Kylie Patterson chose to enroll at Blinn College. Now, after two years as a member of Blinn’s livestock judging team, Ag Club, and the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Patterson is transferring to Oklahoma State University, where she will pursue her animal science degree.
"I am so thankful that I decided to start at Blinn because immediately I was immersed into a family-like atmosphere surrounded by students and faculty who wanted the best for me," Patterson said.
Patterson initially chose Blinn after meeting members of the Agricultural Sciences Program at a 4-H state contest.
"It meant the world to me for people who are that respected in the industry to think highly enough to offer me an opportunity," Patterson said. "From that moment on, I wanted to come to Blinn and be part of the livestock judging team."
During Patterson’s two seasons on the Blinn livestock judging team, she won top individual honors in five competitions and placed in the top-10 in 18 of 20 competitions.
"It was an incredible experience getting to compete in some of the best livestock shows across the country," Patterson said. "If I had to label a specific memory that stood out as the highlight of our year, it had to be at the Kansas City award ceremony. We ended up winning the contest by a good margin, and it made all the miles, all the decisions, and all the hard work we put in worth it."
This year’s livestock judging team claimed the championship in five contests: the Mid-American Classic, Tulsa State Fair, American Royal, Griswold Cattle Classic and Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Blinn was named reserve champion in five contests.
"Kylie came from a very successful 4-H program and came into our program very focused," said Brice Mund, livestock judging coach. "She was heavily involved in our program, an excellent student, and was always willing to volunteer. She was a true asset who is definitely going to be missed."
Patterson also was a two-year member of the Blinn College Ag Club, a club designed to promote professionalism and leadership among agriculture students.
"Blinn was the perfect transition for me since it felt just like home with a family-like atmosphere and strong support system," Patterson said. "Blinn prepared me for what I am going to be doing at Oklahoma State while letting me knock out my basics. Now I get to focus on my major at Oklahoma State, which will make life more enjoyable there."
Registration is now open for Blinn’s Fall semester, which begins Monday, Aug. 27. Registration for each semester is available until the first day of class.
For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.
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