Tayler Hayes

Tayler Hays

Norgren Family Memorial Scholarship

Tayler is the daughter of Michelle and Michael Hays of Eaton. She was a 12-year member of Wyatt 4-H and was involved in market lamb, breeding sheep, cake decorating, food and nutrition, pre-vet science and a few others. She is a college Senior at Oklahoma State University, currently studying Food Science with a focus in meat science. She will be graduating with her bachelor’s degree in May of this year. She will then attend graduate school at Texas Tech University studying meat science with an interest in food safety. Tayler chose this path to study after taking food and fiber in high school as her ag credit her senior year. She learned about the importance of our food industry and the basics of food science. She chose to focus on meat science because she had always grown up in animal agriculture and did meat judging in high school and enjoyed it. Taylor was the reporter for her FFA chapter her senior year of high school and was also a team captain of track and a team leader.

Tayler started 4-H as a Cloverbud when she was 7 and because she was a year younger in 4-H, she was a member until she turned 19. 4-H pushed her to become a leader through club involvement and through her projects. She held various offices in her club over the years that pushed her to be a leader that the younger kids looked up to. She always enjoyed helping the other kids out when she got the chance. Because of 4-H and the leadership Tayler learned there, she was also able to be an officer in other activities she was involved in. She felt that giving back to the community that you live in is very important. Looking back on her 4-H career, it has been nothing but amazing. Tayler was happy that she has been able to keep involvement in 4-H with volunteering and helping the younger youth as well as being a member of Collegiate 4-H.

Tayler is the recipient of the Norgren Family Memorial Scholarship.