The highest award the organization bestows upon youth, these teens are recognized for their commitment to community and leadership skills.
Torchbearers have completed all levels of the Famers Union youth achievement awards.
Windsor Barry of Carter is one of the youths receiving this honor
“These youth have exhibited leadership and given back to their communities and the industry of agriculture through participation in Farmers Union leadership training, camps and volunteering their time for community development,” explains Bonnie Geyer, South Dakota Farmers Union Education Director.
Torchbearers will be recognized during the Thursday, Dec. 10 South Dakota Farmers Union State Convention luncheon which begins at 11:45 a.m. in Huron at the Crossroads Convention Center
Windsor Darrel Barry is the son of Wade and Cleo Barry, Carter. He is a third-generation Farmers Union member and the fifth in his family to receive the award three of his siblings and his dad, Wade. After graduation he plans to attend South Dakota State University and major in Environmental Science.
In his own words: Farmers Union, and the people within the organization have impacted my life tremendously. For that, I say, ‘thank you.’ Thank you for helping not only me, but everyone within the youth program.
When I first attended State Camp as a seventh grader, I was surprised by how accepting people can be, and discovered that being myself is completely fine.
Through Farmers Union Youth Programming I also learned about how cooperatives work and how they benefit rural communities.
I consider many of the friends I’ve made and people I’ve met through Farmers Union as my second family because no matter how hard our life may get, or what gets thrown our way, I can always count on the people within Farmers Union.
I would like to thank my grandmother, Viola Barry. Without her love and support I would not be in this great program, which I have come to love.