Shea Trecek is CHS Studentof the Month
The Concordia High School (CHS) Student of the Month for January is already farming.
Nothing surprising about that - this is North Central Kansas, after all.
But this farmer is Shea Trecek.
"My dad likes it," said Trecek. "He's excited that one of his girls is interested in taking over the farm."
Trecek is the youngest of three girls. No brothers. "I'm really big into Ag," she said. "It's what I love doing. I want to be a farmer. My dad is teaching me everything."
Trecek may be part of the wave of the future in American agriculture. According to a 2019 agricultural census, over the last five years the number of male farmers fell, while the number of women rose. Female producers now make up 36 percent of farmers, a 27 percent increase from 2012.
Trecek really likes working with the cows, and the farm machinery.
"My favorite thing is driving the combine, cutting the grain," she said.
Does she have any favorite music she likes to listen to while cutting grain?
"I like country music; old stuff like Johnny Cash, George Jones and George Strait," she said, then added with a laugh, "but the radio doesn't always work in the cab."
The daughter of Bret and Melinda Trecek, Shea participates in golf, FFA, Student Council, Farm Bureau Ag Ambassador, and the CHS Yearbook.
She enjoys playing golf, but her favorite hobby is photography. She estimates she's snapped over 10,000 photographs.
"I like taking all kinds of photographs," she said. "People and the outdoors are my favorite."
One of her prized photographs is of a spectacular night sky, filled with stars.
Trecek plans on attending Cloud County Community College in the next school year, and then getting a degree in Agronomy or Agribusiness at either Fort Hays State or Kansas State.
"Once I go away to finish college, I'm sure I'll get a little homesick. But it's also exciting to get out there, live in another town for awhile and see new things."
Trecek emphasized that she would only be gone for a few years. She fully intends to return to the Concordia area and continue farming.
"Five or ten years from now I see myself farming, hopefully married with kids, and living here or in the Cuba and Agenda area. I like open spaces. I really like the people here. Everybody's down to earth, and that's a good thing."
Congratulations to Shea Trecek, CHS Student of the Month for January.