|Leah Marek is a freshman at Iowa State University in Ames, where she is majoring in biology and global resource systems. She is the daughter of Timothy and Heather Marek of Riverside in Washington County.
After graduation, she plans to work in foreign relations for an international company, to help solve agriculture and health problems worldwide.
Leah is part of a six-generation diversified grain and livestock farm. Her grandpa was named an Iowa Master Pork Producer in 1984, and the family operation has since evolved to focus on raising show pigs. Off the farm, she has served as president and vice president of her 4-H club, and secretary and treasurer of her local FFA chapter.
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Paige Dagel is a freshman at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, where she is pursuing a degree in business with a minor in social media. She is the daughter of Paul and Stacey Dagel of Sanborn in O’Brien County.
She hopes to work in public relations for a pork company or manage a wean-to-finish company.
When she’s not at college, she works alongside her family at their farm, which includes a pig nursery and three finisher buildings, along with a cattle yard and barn full of rabbits. She served as the 2020–2021 O’Brien Fair Queen, and has long been active with 4-H and FFA.
|Reagan Gibson is a senior at Panorama High School in Panora in Guthrie County. She is the daughter of Jim and Karwyn Gibson of Panora.
Following graduation, she plans to study agricultural education or animal science at Iowa State University in Ames, with hopes to teach high school agriculture and advise an FFA chapter.
Reagan has been involved with the swine industry her entire life, as her family farrows and raises pigs. She currently manages a small herd of Yorkshires.
She has served in various leadership roles, including on the Iowa Swine Jackpot Series Junior Board of Directors; as vice president of her local FFA chapter; as an active member and officer in her 4-H club; and as a member of the Guthrie County 4-H Youth Committee. In addition, she is the coordinator for the joint-school livestock judging team, and is active with her FFA chapter.
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