Norgren Family Memorial Scholarship
Ashlyn is the daughter of Kevin and Julie Ochsner of Kersey, CO. She is an 11-year member of High Plains Ag 4-H Club and was involved in market/breeding beef and dogs. She is a Sophomore at the Texas Tech University continuing to pursue her degree in Animal Science with a minor in agribusiness. During her first three semesters at Texas Tech, she worked for Raider Red Meats, the retail store in the meat science department. Despite growing up in the beef industry, she quickly
realized she had a lot to learn about this side of the business. The more time she spent in the meat lab and store, the more she realized how much she enjoyed learning all the different cuts, gaining a broader understanding of consumer preferences and how much fun it is to work in sales and marketing.
In addition to classes and campus activities, Ashlyn has also worked 20 hours per week during her time at TTU in the meat science department as a student assistant. Her first three semesters, she worked at Raider Red Meats in sales and marketing. She was responsible for a variety of jobs such as taking customer orders, organizing shipping orders, delivering wholesale products to restaurants in Lubbock and creating wholesale invoices. She also helped take custom cutting instructions for the custom processing team and loaded out those orders from the cooler. This opportunity gave Ashlyn real work experience in an industry that she is very passionate about. This semester she wanted to expand her work experience and knowledge, so she’s currently working for world renown meat scientist and professor, Dr. Dale Werner. With this position, she supports his graduate students and learns about their research projects. She also helped plan industry conferences where new research is shared. They are currently making plans for the Beef on Dairy Symposium that Dr. Woerner is hosting in May for beef industry leaders.
All her college experiences so far have confirmed that She’s in the right place, learning from the right people and in a field of study that matches her passions and interests. Ashlyn’s goal after college is still to pursue a career in sales and marketing with a national branded beef company. Her longer-term dream is to one day return to Weld County to manage the family’s registered cow/calf operation and local branded beef business. Through 4-H, she learned to set big goals and when you are "swinging for the bleachers," there are times when you fall short of your goal. Following a difficult setback, her junior year in high school, her dad shared this quote with her called, The Man in the Arena. "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." President Theodore Roosevelt had enough insight to share this inspiring and timeless message with the "doers" in life. Four years later it is still an anthem for how she wants to live her life. She believes that her 4-H experience also taught her to be "the man in the arena" by teaching her the value of failure and persistence.
Ashlyn is the recipient of the Norgren Family Memorial Scholarship.