Meet 18-year-old Rachel Wonderlich of Ollie, Iowa. For this Pekin High School senior, agriculture is a way of life.
??One of the first things I did as a child was feeding babies by the bottle, and then it really took off from there,?? Rachel said.
For Rachel, working on the Hillview Dairy Farm Inc. is a family tradition.
??Well this farm was my dad??s farm prior to mine, so I grew up here on this farm kind of like Rachel??s doing,?? Rachel??s father Rob Wonderlich said.
With nearly 250 cows to tend to, Rachel and her older brother shared a special bond with their parents while learning the value of a strong work-ethic.
??They??ve just gradually taken on more responsibility as they??ve gotten older,?? Rob said.
In fact, Rachel has known how to drive a tractor long before she was old enough to get behind the wheel of a car. Farm maintenance, feeding and milking cows are just some of Rachel??s responsibilities, but when she??s not putting in hours at her family's business, this honor roll student still manages to keep her schedule full.
??Also I work at the bank in Packwood," Rachel said. ??I??m very active in speech and drama and have been my whole high school career, and also FCA [Fellowship Christian Athletes].??
Rachel showcases her love of Ag-life showing cattle at the county fair and being an FFA and 4-H member. She even plans on showing cattle at the Iowa State Fair this year, but after the summer is over, Rachel will be starting a new chapter in her life.??I thought about doing agriculture," she explained. "But I??m actually going to be studying pre-med at Iowa State.??
But her love of agriculture will not be forgotten.
??I??m gonna hope to keep agriculture in my life may by raising a couple cattle or doing something like that,?? she said.
Congratulations Rachel for being this week??s Ag-kid!