Ag for the grad

Brandon Seick seeks farm career after graduation next month

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There's six weeks left until graduation, but Moffat County High School senior Brandon Seick said it's better not to count.

Then the time passes slower.

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The Class of 2007 will celebrate commencement May 26 as four years of high school preparation for college and occupations culminate.

For Seick, that future includes majoring in agriculture business at Casper College in Casper, Wyo. He will earn a two-year associate's degree there before transferring to a four-year program.

"I kind of know what to expect," Seick said of college. "It'll probably be a lot more work than high school."

Seick, born and raised in Moffat County, said choosing agriculture as a career was a natural choice.

"I like going outside and dealing with the land and animals," Seick said.

His grandfather, Dean Visintainer, owns land, cows and sheep, which influenced Seick's decision.

Plus, his brother, Aaric Seick, 21, is studying the same subject at Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Neb.

Someday, the brothers might own a farming business together.

But one thing's for sure -- Seick wants to stay in Moffat County.

"I like the town. It's small and it's got everything," he said. "You can go skiing, snowmobiling. Just a lot of outdoor activities."

And it's a town that's prepared him well for his future, Seick said.

Participating in activities such as hockey and the FFA meats judging team has given him leadership skills.

Rick Murr, Seick's advanced welding teacher and FFA advisor, is his favorite instructor from his four years at MCHS.

"He's pretty competitive and so am I," Seick said. "So in that sense, we get along pretty good."

His welding, as well as horticulture and ag business classes, which John Haddan teaches, top Seick's list of favorite classes.

"You actually get to go out and use your hands and figure it out," he said.

His recent Physical Education III trip to the Grand Canyon is one memory Seick said he'll always keep.

"It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to go on. And I got to do it with all my friends, so that was cool," Seick said.

Those friends are just about the only part of being in high school Seick said he'll miss.

"I don't know what we'll do after we all go our separate ways," he said.

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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