Hershey student cowgirl plans to sharpen her persuasive skills
The program includes tuition waiver, LSAT test prep assistance, and guaranteed admission to the University of Nebraska Law School.
Participants must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in their undergraduate studies.
Fisher is in his fourth year of competing with the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association. She participates in barrel racing, pole bending, roping breakaway, tying and goat cutting.
She followed an assistant district attorney to the Lincoln County Courthouse, sitting the day of sentencing. She is thinking of specializing in agricultural law or criminal justice.
“It sounds like it would be a lot of fun to be in the courtroom and argue cases,” she said.
At Sutherland High School, Fisher plays volleyball and is involved in band, choir, speech, drama, quiz bowl, FBLA, FCA, FFA, student council, and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Last fall, she won a silver emblem at the FFA’s national convention on impromptu public speaking. For this competition, young people have 30 minutes to prepare a five-minute speech on a subject proposed to them during the competition. Her topic this year was “Which groups should be consulted when developing food and fiber policy?” She has a method for her preparation.
“I have a process for writing and memorizing my speech,” she said. “It doesn’t have to be memorized, but it looks better if you do.”
Public speaking is something she excels at. “I like talking to people and I like to think that I am creative in discussing a subject. I’m pretty organized too.
She will attend Chadron State College in the fall, and after graduating from Chadron, she plans to attend Lincoln Law School, which will take three years. As part of the Rural Law Opportunity Program, she will begin practicing law in a rural area when she graduates from law school.
Mekenna will participate in the varsity rodeo while attending Chadron State.
At the high school rodeo, she is the 2021 Nebraska Cup champion and competed in the state finals in Hastings for three years.
She is the daughter of Levi and Keri Fisher.
She, along with approximately 150 other young high school competitors, will compete in the Nebraska High School Finals Rodeo in Hastings June 10-12 at Adams Co. Fairgrounds.
For more information, visit AdamsCountyFairgrounds.com or hsrodeo-nebraska.com, or call 402.462.3247.
Top picture by Suzanna Klaasmeyer
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