Olivia Moore has big plans for the first Saturday night of her sophomore year.
The 15-year-old Western Hills High School student is one of more than 100 4-H and FFA youth winners of Tractor Supply Co.’s Great Neighbor Essay Contest. She will be honored at a ceremony at the store’s booth at the Kentucky State Fair on Saturday at 2 p.m.
“The ‘Great Neighbor’ Essay Contest lets us recognize the incredible work 4-H and Future Farmers of America youth are doing in their communities,” said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply Co.
For the contest, which is in its second year, students were asked to write a short essay about a memorable 4-H or FFA experience that has influenced their development as a good neighbor in their community.
Olivia wrote her winning entry about a memorial garden project she and a friend researched extensively. The project would memorialize two students and two staff members who passed away while attending or working at the school.
“We don’t do enough in our community to remember people who passed away,” she said. “This an amazing opportunity to start small, but make an immediate impact in our area.”
Olivia, who found out about the essay contest on Facebook, is excited to receive her plaque and gift pack from Tractor Supply and already has an outfit picked out.
Though only in her second year of high school, she is considering a career in either the agricultural field or genetic engineering.
In addition to FFA, Olivia is involved in Spanish Club, Spanish Honors Society and archery at WHHS. She also takes voice and piano lessons.
“I want to thank Tractor Supply Co. for this opportunity and my agriculture teacher, J.R. Zinner,” she said. “And also my family for always supporting me.”
She is the daughter of Pamela and Myron Moore and has an older sister, Emery, 18.