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School: Alexander High School
Andrew is a “driven, intelligent, motivated, kindhearted, and inspirational young man.” He is a high school student as well as a farmer who is very active in the Wyoming County 4-H swine program. He cares for pigs from birth to adulthood and shows his pigs locally and nationally, traveling as far as Kentucky and Indiana. Andrew is ranked second in New York State for the scholastic portion of the competition and is in The U.S. Achievement Academy yearbook. He is dedicated to learning all he can about raising top breed-of-show pigs and often helps his fellow 4-H members by delivering piglets, cleaning pens, and sharing his knowledge with younger 4-H children. At school, Andrew is on the high honor roll and a member of the drama club and tennis team.
What the judges had to say:
“Stories that Andrew’s big brother shared in his nomination illustrate for us a mature and dedicated 15-year-old, who cares for his pigs and piglets with warmth and compassion. And along the way he continually educates himself as to best practices and then passes this knowledge on to young 4-H members. Paying it forward. Very nice.”