Sturgis Brown student wins national essay contest

STURGIS, S.D. (KOTA-TV) - Bridger Gordon recently spent a few days with representatives in Washington, D.C.

Gordon was the winner of a national essay contest sponsored by the Agriculture Council of America. He presented his essay to The Press Club during National Ag Day on March 21.

While Gordon had an inspiring experience on Capitol Hill, he is always inspiring others at Sturgis Brown High School. Gordon is serving as the Vice President of the Sturgis FFA and makes an effort to include youth in outreach programs.

"It is important to get kids involved by showing them what Agriculture is, why it is important, and bridging that gap between those people who are really involved in Agriculture and those who are removed from it," said Gordon.

He believes that the best way to bridge that gap is to talk about the industry.

"Whether it is one on one or in a group just having a conversation about those hot topics, or agriculture in general," said Gordon.

Gordon said at the most recent Career Development Event held by the FFA nearly 1/6th of the Sturgis Brown High School competed. He says the next step is to get that one in six to talk with the other five about the agriculture industry.

Bridger is unsure of what he will do after high school, but he definitely sees a career in Agriculture.

"Agriculture can touch so many things," said Gordon. "Whatever I do will tie back to agriculture, no matter what it is."