If you were to look up Passion in the dictionary, you would most likely see a picture of my sister, Keili (Kay-lee) Summey. There is no one I know that possess more character, integrity, and dedication for what they do. Ever since I could remember I have always looked up to my sister, and being the typical younger sibling that meant trying to be just like her. The inspiration I received from having Keili as a constant role model is what motivated me to learn how to ride a bike and advocate for beef.
We were at the park. She had just gotten her training wheels off and was about to try riding for the first time. From the second she got on her bike I wanted to do it too and begged my father to take my training wheels off. He tried to explain to me that since Keili was a year older than me, she could do things that I couldn’t and that my bike wasn’t built to have the training wheels taken off. But there’s no use reasoning with a four year old. The next time I saw Keili’s bike alone I grabbed it and began to take off. Before I knew it I had taught myself to ride. Ever since then my desire to be more like my sister has continued to push me past my own limitations.
My sister use to be VERY shy, I mean afraid to ask a waiter for Ketchup shy. Somehow when she started high school this new, more outgoing, confident side came out of her and she was doing things I never would have expected like raising animals, public speaking, running for office, and taking agriculture classes (and more importantly, she was good at it!). I couldn’t help but become fascinated with the change in her and wanted to know the cause. I joined FFA, started taking Ag classes, and before I knew it I was hooked!! It wasn’t too long after that we both found our love for the beef community and became Ambassadors (she was the Arizona Beef Ambassador before me).
Now Keili and I are both living together, working together, serving as OCCW (Oklahoma Collegiate CattleWomen) officers together, and attending Oklahoma State University to obtain degrees in Agriculture (her in Agriculture Education and me in Agriculture Communication). Our fridge is always stocked with beef and whenever I need advice on anything beef related (like how to talk to consumers, or how to teach a class on beef), or even general life advice, she is always my go-to person. Some may think that it would be annoying having a sister that is in to all of the same things as you, and follows the same career path would be very annoying, but to us it’s all we’ve ever known and we wouldn’t have it any other way!
Peace, Love, Beef (and National Sibling Day),