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Amber Wright receives 2020 Senior Leadership Award

Each spring, the OSU Department of Animal and Food Sciences presents awards and scholarships at its annual banquet. Amber Wright, animal science senior, received a 2020 Senior Leadership Award.
Amber Wright receives 2020 Senior Leadership Award

Amber Wright

Each spring, the OSU Department of Animal and Food Sciences presents awards and scholarships at its annual banquet. Amber Wright, animal science senior, received a 2020 Senior Leadership Award for consistent acts of leadership throughout her undergraduate academic career.

Amber Wright was born July 31st, 1996, and is the oldest daughter of Jodie and Marla Wright of Lindsay, Oklahoma. Being the granddaughter of a former agricultural education instructor, agriculture has been an enormous part of her life. She grew up around livestock beginning with purebred Limousin cattle, then eventually raising bucking bulls that have been showcased on the PBR and IFR circuits.

At the age of nine, Amber began showing pigs through 4-H eventually leading her family to starting their own show pig operation. Her passion for the junior livestock industry and her involvement in FFA first led her to Connors State College, and then Oklahoma State University to double major in animal science and agricultural education with a minor in food science.

Prior to transferring to OSU, Amber received her Associates of Science from Connors State College where she competed on the Livestock judging Team. Her team highlights include Champion Team Griswold Classic 2017, 2nd High Team Dixie National 2017, and 3rd High Team North American International Livestock Exposition 2016. Throughout her time at Connors State, Amber was the Aggie Club Vice-President, helped coordinate statewide FFA CDE contests, and youth livestock judging camps during the summer.

When Amber arrived at OSU, she became very involved including being a member of the Block and Bridle Club, Swine Club, Collegiate FFA, and the Meat Science Association, for which she served as the president. Furthermore, Amber was a member of the 2018 National Champion Livestock Judging Team, 2018 Reserve National Champion Meat Animal Evaluation Team, and the 2019 Meat Judging Team. Between class and practice schedules, Amber was a student employee at the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center where her passion for the meat industry sparked.

Upon graduation in May, Amber will be continuing her education at Tarleton State University. Her passion for the meat industry has led her to pursue a master’s degree in meat science. Her goal is to come back to Oklahoma and become an agricultural education instructor.

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