2010-06-23 / Front Page

Brooke Widner, 'Cream of the Crop'

Brooke Widner, "Cream of the Crop" Brooke Widner, "Cream of the Crop" Miami, OK- Brooke Widner of Colquitt was recently awarded one of the top freshmen awards by Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami, Oklahoma. Brooke was honored at the annual awards banquet sponsored by the Agriculture Department for her achievements during her recently completed first year of college at NEO.

The top freshmen awards at NEO, referred to as ‘The Cream of the Crop’ are awarded to about the top five percent of all students at NEO each year. “Brooke is an excellent representative of this award, which is based on scholastics, leadership, citizenship and overall achievement,” said Roger Fent, agriculture instructor and member of the Awards Selection Committee.

Brooke, an agriculture major, is a member of the NEO Livestock Judging Team, member and officer of the Aggie Society, Ag. Ed., and Pre-Vet Clubs, and is actively involved in campus-wide activities.

“This award really encompasses all aspects of what we consider to be the best-of-the-best in terms of character, integrity and citizenship. Brooke is not only an outstanding student in the classroom, she possesses all of those characteristics we look for in superior students. She was a unanimous choice for this honor. NEO is proud to have young people like Brooke in our program,” says Fent.

NEO, with enrollment of about 2,200, is a comprehensive junior college located in Miami, Oklahoma. The agriculture program at NEO is composed of students who complete associate degrees in agriculture, pre-vet, natural resource management and equine and ranch management. Most students then transfer from NEO to a university to complete their education. Brooke will be returning to NEO this fall as a sophomore.

Brooke is a 2009 graduate of Miller County High School where she was very active in the FFA (Future Farmers of America) organization. Brooke was also instrumental in starting her own show pig business, Pig Tail Farms, where she raised her own show pigs. The farm has now grown and sells to other showmen in the southeastern United States.

She was selected as a national finalist in 2007 and 2009 at the national FFA convention for her swine project.

Because of her active role in FFA, Brooke is attending NEO on a full scholarship.

She is the daughter of Vince and Karen Widner.

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