Carter Strain

Carter Strain

Kenneth and Clarice Benson
Memorial Scholarship

Carter is the son of Danielle Thomas of Johnstown. He was a 7-year member of Calico ‘n Jeans 4-H Club and was involved in market cattle.  He is a college freshman at Laramie County Community College and is studying Ag Science and EMS certification.  His goal is to obtain a degree in Agriculture Business to achieve a position in farm/ranch management and eventually own and run his own full-scale operation. In addition to Ag business, Carter is planning on taking his EMS certification this summer to open the door for employment opportunities within the fire department or EMS service while he continues to pursue his agricultural degree.  Carter has never enjoyed reading or writing, his heart is in working with his hands and the land.  He chose a two-year program to help reduce expenses, especially since farmers and ranchers are not top salary earners and are in agriculture because they love it, not to become rich.

Carter joined 4-H when he was 12. He joined because he wanted to try something new and make new friends. Throughout his 4-H years, he has had the opportunity to make new and lasting friendships as well as try a variety of new things. To Carter, leadership means being a leader while setting a good example.  It means leading alongside others not being a ruler.  Citizenship means getting out in his community and doing things to help others. It doesn’t really matter if it is big or small, but even holding a door for someone or lending a helping hand can make a big difference.  4-H has helped him become a better leader and citizen through experience, watching others’ examples and group projects. 4-H has made Carter a more confident individual. It has made him feel like he can set out and accomplish thing he never thought he would have been able to before.  It has also provided him with an opportunity to find his calling in a field that he is passionate about.  Being a 4-H member is something he is very proud of.  There has always been a positive and supportive response from the community about 4-H members.  4-H has provided Carter with countless learning experiences and taught him many great lessons that he will be able to look back on and use for the rest of his life.

Carter is the recipient of the Kenneth and Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship.