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2024 Montana CattleWomen Scholarship Recipient 
Elizabeth Hickey

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 The Montana CattleWomen scholarship recipient for 2024 is Elizabeth Hickey of Moore, MT.

She has many accomplishments to be proud of such as Deans List, MUS Honor Scholar, and High School Valedictorian. Elizabeth has been a part of the MSU Collegiate 4-H, MSU Collegiate Cattlewomen, MSU Collegiate Stockgrowers, and Junior Hereford, Angus And Simmental Member. She has done all of this while working on her Secondary Education of General Science Degree at Montana State University.

 

"I grew up on a ranch in central Montana that has been in my family for 116 years. My great-grandparents both immigrated to the United States from Ireland to escape famine and slavery. When they came to the states they were given a fresh start. My great-great-grandfather was given a piece of land outside of Lewistown Montana on Hanover Road as part of the homestead act. He first started raising sheep and soon grew his ranch to cover the entire coulee. When he passed, his daughter (my great-grandmother) was given a portion of the land. She sold her piece and bought a ranch south of Moore where my family now lives. When she married my great-grandfather he soon took over managing the land and it has now grown into my family's legacy and livelihood. My brother is set to become a fourth-generation Hickey rancher to continue living off the land my family cherishes.

My history is the core of my interest. There are not enough families that can keep the land in their name due to lack of interest by their children or financial hardship. Our family ranch is only large enough to support one family, so I had to find a new route for my future career. When I chose science education I thought of the many opportunities to impact and interest students. I want to teach in a rural area that is likely to have students who grew up in a similar environment to myself. My goal is to share all career options and applications available in agriculture through science education, 4-H, FFA, and other professional organizations. It is important to me that agriculture is shared, heard, and utilized to ensure that the industry that built my family will continue to prosper." -Elizabeth

 

Congratulations and Good Luck with your future!!

 

 

 

2023 CattleWoman Of The Year

Kari Berg Marks was awarded the title of CattleWoman of the Year. She has served as district director, committee chair and participated in Ag week at the Capital. This lady has spent an immense amount of work and time on the Ranch Run for the past 8 years. When the idea of the 25 mile relay run was suggested Kari stepped up and created the program it is today and has a huge notebook to prove it.

She has worked with winners of the Environmental Stewardship award and the Montana Beef Council to bring a positive message to the runners about the many benefits of livestock grazing on public and private lands and beef's nutritional value. Her work also included securing sponsor funding, designing and creating informational content for participants, collaborating with the Montana Hereford Association and local breweries to provide a delicious beef and brews at the finish line of each run.

Kari is truly heart and soul a Montana CattleWoman and agvocate. Congratulations Kari we appreciate all of your hard work.

Kari