Meet Katie Sowers. She is a junior at Greenwood High School in Millerstown, Pennsylvania. Or should I say, she is a very busy junior in high school. She’s involved with many activities, including FFA, serving as historian in her local 4-H Club, showing Ayrshires and Holsteins, and participating in Pennsylvania Junior Holstein activities.
This past year, Katie created a scientific display showcasing methane production, earning second place at the state convention’s intermediate division and first place at the national convention. This is a repeat winning appearance for Katie, after she won third place both at the Pennsylvania contest and nationals with her display on embryo transfer in 2015.
She also enjoys participating in baking competitions at the Perry County Fair (I’m still waiting on that peanut butter cookie recipe, Katie!), attending St. John’s Barner’s Lutheran Church and crocheting (I’m also still waiting on cow-themed hot pads for pulling my peanut butter cookies out of the oven).
So far, Katie sounds like another young woman rocking and rolling in the dairy industry. However, she is so much more than that. Katie is a survivor of cancer. She was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in October 2010, and she has battled her way to recovery. Katie’s last surgery was in September 2014, and she has been in remission ever since. She finished her last chemotherapy treatment on Feb. 1, 2016. Though these dates are milestones in Katie’s life, it was her journey with her family, her love for the dairy industry and her experience with THON that motivated her along the way.