Olivia Thorn

Olivia Thorn

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Olivia is the daughter of Bridget and Donald Thorn of Gill. She is a 10-year member of High Plains Ag 4-H and is involved in Market Swine. Other projects she did were market goats, decorate your duds and, specialty foods and gardening. Olivia is a Senior at Platte Valley High School and is active in FFA, NHS, FBLA, and the Colorado Jr. Swine Association.

Olivia is planning to attend CSU to become a Defense Attorney. Seeing a variety of social injustice issues that have occurred has opened her eyes and allowed her to understand how many people are misrepresented, rural and urban, and need a voice. Olivia grew up watching her brother raise and show market goats at the County Fair, so when she was 8 years old, she began 4-H and that sparked her passion for agriculture. Pigs were the largest and most competitive species shown in the county, so she jumped in with both feet.

She joined CJSA and attended jackpot shows every weekend through the summer. Showing pigs became her sport which created many leadership skills and lifelong opportunities. Besides showing livestock, Olivia found an interest in specialty baking and decorate your duds. She had a community member that mentored her and helped her to be successful while baking. This past summer Olivia hosted urban families. At her house, she invited them into her barn and demonstrated how connect with her pigs. They discussed why she showed pigs and why their humane treatment is of upmost importance. She also showed them the different farm crops nearby, not forcing appreciation, but providing an opportunity to be fascinated. The kids who attended fell in love with her pigs and spent time petting, walking, and washing them.

<>Through 4-H, Olivia was given many opportunities to meet new people, expand her love for agriculture and develop new interests. 4-H is much more than just livestock and county fairs, it is an organization that has allowed Olivia to break out of her shell and learn many new qualities about herself. It became a safe place for her to share her interests with many peers who share similar fascinations.

Olivia is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship