A Youthful Voice...The Advocate Youth Page Savannah Angell

Associate Editor,
Advocate Youth Page

This month’s article is an introduction of sorts. As you may know, I am one of four Angell sisters. Between the three partnering families at EMCC and MVCC, there are 10 daughters and no sons. What are the odds! The result has been a lot of girls in and out of sale ring, pen-back ally and office over the years. Telling us apart can get quite confusing. Within my family, the four girls have a 12-year age range with Schyler as the baby of the family.
It turns out being the tail-end baby is a lot like being an only child for Schyler. When there was four of us girls at home, we didn’t even know kids could order soda at a restaurant or that McDonalds had a menu other than the “dollar menu”… turns out for an only child like baby sister several of the old menu restrictions are no longer a thing.
Schyler is also active in many different organizations and activities, as the baby child, last in the nest my parents have a lot of time to drive her around, thankfully! One of her passions in FFA and life is agriculture advocacy. She accidently mentioned once that she would like to guest write a column. Woohoo! I have been looking for a more youthful- youth to join the fun. We plan to do some co-writing and guest columns this fall.
I’m dedicating this column to saying, “Meet Schyler!” Because, being a new writer is kind of a challenge! I’ve never missed a month since Sierra passed this column to me in January 2014! After 4½ years I still have people mixing us up. Here’s a flashback to my first column a long time ago, “I cannot even begin to count the number of times I have been asked, “Are you the writer of the family?” I have always answered this question honestly, “No, that is my big sis.” For some, that brings our conversation to a close; others continue with questions such as, “You’re the one that just got married? (No, that’s Jayci) Engaged? (No, that’s Sierra) Oh, the one that runs cross-country? (No, that’s Selestia)” All these questions are answered with a no and I leave the conversation with a promise to tell my sister her last story was funny and with a deepened middle-child complex.”
While I plan to continue writing some, hopefully the next few months will be a time of transition to include Schyler and a time for me to focus on writing about the things I love most. These mostly include beef, community, scientific advancements, great books, and my silly family. If in doubt, I can always count on my day-to-day life for a little entertainment.
Last week, as I ate lunch with Schyler we sat with a couple of gentlemen visiting from Iowa looking for bred cows and pairs. We chatted as we ate our roast beef and mashed potatoes and they patiently waited for their cheeseburgers and fries. We covered the basics- rain, hay and bred cow prices. And we quickly started talking about school and sports. Schyler is very tall and fit. She is an avid Varsity distance runner and loves nutrition, one of the men asked sophomore Schyler, “So are you in seventh or eighth grade?” Ouch. I had a really big laugh at that! Later when the sale was back rolling, the same gentlemen from lunch stopped by the office and said, “Now is your daughter any good at cross-country?” Which I didn’t think was funny at all!