Spiro High School’s Ava McLemore does not shy away from a challenge, in fact, she embraces it. Playing catcher can be the most difficult position to play on a softball team, but McLemore has excelled at the position. Just like raising livestock, McLemore has met the challenges and overcome some obstacles to be where she is today.
“My parents and coaches that have pushed me to work hard to be the best that I can be in all things I do,” said McLemore. “I’ve played softball since I was four-years old, and I love that softball has taught me to be a team player, a leader, and the importance of hard work and dedication. I first got involved in FFA my eighth-grade year at Spiro Middle School.”
Her father was an Ag teacher which meant being part of the FFA chapter at school was something she looked forward to joining when she had the opportunity.
“My Father was an Ag teacher my whole childhood and being raised around agriculture my entire life encouraged me to get involved with FFA,” said McLemore. “My FFA activities include showing sheep and goats, public speaking, and electricity.”
Speak to any member of the FFA across the state and they will tell you one aspect of FFA they love the most is the opportunity to meet new people and create new friendships.
“I enjoy the friendships and connections that are made through showing livestock, leadership activities, and contests,” said McLemore.
Now a freshman in high school, McLemore said she is involved in other activities outside of sports and FFA.
“I am an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Business Professionals of America,” said McLemore. “I plan to attend college and pursue a degree in veterinary science or physical therapy.”
McLemore offers this advice to other student who may want to join their FFA chapter.
“My advice to a student joining the FFA would be to find what you enjoy whether it be showing livestock or being on a contest team and get involved and make new friends,” said McLemore.