Let’s meet Ryan!
Ryan McKerrall is a current member of the Chatham-Kent 4-H Association. Ryan is a grade 11 student at Chatham-Kent Secondary School. He is currently completing a co-op placement at McGrail’s Farm Equipment in Chatham. Ryan was awarded the prestigious Top 4-H Male of the Year last year as well as Top Agricultural Member.
Generations of McKerralls have been involved in 4-H and Ryan is a part of keeping that tradition alive. His parents Rob and Maureen are current 4-H leaders of the Sugarbeet Club and Vet Club and his brother William and sister Lauren are current members. Ryan joined 4-H because of his family’s involvement in the program.
As a heavily involved 4-H member, Ryan has been in many clubs, including: plowing, farm toy, cooking, sewing, sugarbeet, field crop, woodworking and more. He has also attended many regional and provincial events such as judging night, local food booths and Round the County tour; served at the Taste of Lambton Kent Gala, Go for the Gold team and Career Mania.
Through 4-H, Ryan has learned many skills that he would not have been taught anywhere else. It has also given him the opportunity to meet many friends, leaders and mentors within the community that have changed his life by how dedicated and caring they are to their 4-H members.
Ryan’s favourite 4-H memory is participating in the local Chatham-Kent Plowing Match. He really enjoys competing in the match because there are only three people that usually compete in his class. This group has competed together for the past 3-4 years together and it has turned into a learning experience for them all. It is a fun day at the match as they help each other out, share ideas and see who is the luckiest at the end of the day.
Outside of 4-H, Ryan enjoys playing hockey at Dresden Minor Hockey. Ryan also enjoys helping out on the family farm (cash crops, tomatoes and recently pumpkins and strawberries) with his dad and uncle.
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