89th National FFA Convention Broadcast Interns
Bryce Doeschot is a junior at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln studying Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication. Doeschot is a native of Hickman, Nebraska where his family raise cattle and hogs while operating a row crop operation. At the University, Doeschot serves as the President of the Collegiate Farm Bureau, is a member of numerous campus organizations and serves as an executive officer in the Alpha Gamma Rho Chapter.
In high school, Bryce was heavily involved in the Norris FFA Chapter, where he served as chapter President, followed by serving as Nebraska FFA State Secretary in College.
Lauren Schwab is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in journalism and women’s studies then her Master of Science in family studies. Lauren is employed on her family’s 1200-sow breed to wean swine farm in Somerville, Ohio. She works as the farrowing house manager. The Schwab’s produce around 30,000 pigs each year.
In 2008, Lauren placed first in Ohio for her National FFA job placement project, which involved working on her family’s farm. Lauren was the 2008 Ohio Pork Industry Queen and the Butler County Junior Fair Queen.
Lauren served as a National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador for the National FFA Organization from 2009 to 2011 presenting workshops to schools and civic organizations. She is an ambassador for the Ohio Pork Producers Council. She is a chair on the Young Ag Professionals committee of Ohio Farm Bureau. She is Communications Chair and Vice President of Ohio Agri-Women.
She blogs about farm life and country music at www.farmgirlwithcurls.com and can be followed on Facebook as Farm Girl With Curls or @farmgirlwcurls on Twitter and Instagram.
Indiana. At Ball State University, Nathan is an active Weather Forecaster and Social Media Producer for NewsLink Indiana, and WCRD 91.3 The Pulse of Ball State. He is also an active member of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the Ball State Storm Chase team. His hobbies include photography, videography, weather spotting and camping.
Nathan was raised working alongside his father and family’s business landscape business, Edges of Indy Landscape Inc. His experiences from working in his family business inspired him to become an active member of the Shenandoah FFA Chapter. In high school, Nathan was an active member for five years of his chapter, where he served as chapter President, Vice-President and Student Advisor. He was also honored to be named State Champion and National Finalist in the Agricultural Communication – Entrepreneurship proficiency award area.
Nathan has been to the convention several times earning honors including: Agricultural Issues Forum (4th place, Gold), Agricultural Communication CDE (4th place, Gold), Parliamentary Procedure (National Qualifier, Bronze). This is Nathan’s first year serving as an intern for the National FFA Organization and his sixth year to attend convention. Nathan’s future career goals are to become a Broadcast Meteorologist.
Thomas Shaw, a junior at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in the area of Agriculture Communications. Shaw is from Greenville, Ohio where he raises registered dairy cattle with his family. In his free time, Shaw enjoys showing cattle at the local, state, and national levels while continuing to promote the agriculture and dairy industries.
At Ohio State, Shaw is actively involved in the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, Buckeye Dairy Club, and Ohio State’s Crop and Soil Science club. Aside from college organizations, he is part of the Ohio Farm Bureau, National Milking Shorthorn Association, and the National Association of Farm Broadcasting.
While in high school, Shaw was an active member of the Greenville FFA Chapter where he served many offices and committee chairs. He also received third in the state in 2014 in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking Career Development Event. In addition, he was the 2014 Ohio FFA’s Agriculture Communications Proficiency Winner and was then named as a National Finalist at the 87th National FFA Convention. Shaw then completed his FFA career as serving as a 2014-2015 Ohio FFA State Officer.
This is Shaw’s seventh National FFA Convention. He has worked as a radio reporter for the 85th and 86th National FFA Convention for the Ohio Ag Net and WTGR Radio. This is his second year serving as an intern for the National FFA Organization.