Zadie McElhaney – Competitor. Leader. Student.
Like most small children, Zadie McElhaney had big dreams for her future that would change over time. As a child she wanted to be a pharmacist, but years of growing up on a ranch in Hitchita, Oklahoma, impacted her decision and she chose Connors State College to help lead her down a new path.
“I was raised by my wonderful, hard-working parents, Jeff and Mary McElhaney,” said Zadie. “My dad is a farrier (horse shoer) and my mom is a sixth grade school teacher. I have two brothers, Tanner, who is an alumni of the Connors State rodeo team, and a younger brother, Tiger, who will be taking concurrent classes at CSC this year.”
Her love of agriculture and her family’s history with Connors State College groomed Zadie to pursue her passions of becoming a rodeo broadcast journalist and the sport of rodeo. At Connors State she found an outlet for both.
“I enjoy getting to be a student and learn all I need to know to further my career, but at the same time I get to do what I love, rodeo,” she said.
Growing up in a small town and a close family made Connors’ small class sizes and personal attention a comfortable and exciting choice for Zadie.
“I chose Connors because of the close-knit family feel to the campus and the staff,” she said. “I also chose Connors because of the amount of money you are able to save to get the quality education you need. I have made many life-long friends on my journey here.”
In addition to being a member of the Connors State Rodeo Team, Zadie is a member of the President’s Leadership Class and the Communications department. After graduating from Connors, she plans to attend Oklahoma State University and receive a degree in Agriculture Communications.
“If I had it to do all over again, I would choose Connors every time,” said Zadie. “The staff go above and beyond to make sure you receive the education you deserve.”