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Myakka City Student Selected as Ms. ABAC 2018

October 12, 2017

Shannon Kehoe, a senior agricultural communications major from Myakka City, Fla., was selected as Ms. ABAC 2018 at the 49th annual event on Wednesday at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. She was sponsored by ABAC’s Sigma Alpha sorority.

“I think it’s an incredible opportunity to represent ABAC in a whole new way,” Kehoe said.  “I have such a passion for this college.  When I first came to the Scholars’ Evening, I thought it was beautiful.  At orientation, I felt like I was really falling in love with the place.  Then when I moved in, I knew I was home.”

Other finalists included Meredith McGlamory, a sophomore agricultural communications and marketing major from Abbeville, first runner-up; Madison Williams, a senior agricultural communications major from Winder, second runner-up; Delaney Foster, a junior crop and soil sciences major from Perry, third runner-up; and Delanie Israel, a junior diversified agriculture major from Smithville, fourth runner-up.

Kehoe, the daughter of Brian and Erin Kehoe, received the individual award in the interview category.  Cassidy Davis, a junior agribusiness major from Jefferson, received the Ms. Congeniality award; Janna Jernigan, a freshman agriculture major from Alapaha, received the individual award in the essay category; and Jamie Worsley, a freshman history and government major from Arlington, was voted the People’s Choice winner.   

In her third year as a member of the prestigious ABAC Ambassadors leadership program. Kehoe serves as historian for the organization this year.  She is also the recruitment chair for Sigma Alpha, reporter for the Ag Business Club, a member of the National Agri-Marketing Association team, a Carry The Load leg captain, and a member of the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow.

In her spare time, Kehoe, 21, raises miniature horses, a venture that began as a 4-H project when she was eight.

“I own five now, and we have a barnful of miniature horses that my mom trains and shows,” Kehoe said.   “I have traveled to Oklahoma and Texas for shows.  My horses are in the Hall of Fame.”

Miniature horses are a special breed and must be 38 inches high or smaller.  Originally bred to enter coal mines, the horses now are a part of the American Miniature Horses Association and the American Miniature Horses Registry.

“They are as much a part of our family as any of the rest of us,” Kehoe said.  “When we do our Christmas card, we pose in front of the Christmas tree with one of them.”

The Agricultural Business Club sponsored the Ms. ABAC competition.  A portion of the proceeds benefitted the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
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