Katelyn-O'Brien2011 FFA, $5,000, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Dairy Science

Katelyn O’Brien graduates from Escondido High with a 3.95 GPA and a willingness to work hard at her studies and a job so she can contribute financially to her education at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, followed by graduate school at UC Davis. She intends to become a veterinary surgeon and open her own clinic. Katelyn has raised market animals, receiving numerous blue ribbons at the San Diego County Fair, but confides that it’s her longtime love of horses that “helped guide me in my choice of an Animal Science major and improved my leadership abilities. Through horses, I have discovered the love of competition and the drive to succeed.” She recently captured ninth in the world at the Morgan junior championships. Escondido high FFA Advisor Marc Reyburn heralds Katelyn as “a natural leader, well-rounded individual and very responsible young scholar.”