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TU student’s writing featured in magazine

By Joshua Barrett, Student writer

Katey McClenny is already a published writer after her article “Ode to Duck Hunters” appeared in the August edition of Hook and Barrel magazine. The article focuses on the ins and outs of duck hunting.

McClenny is a Senior Interdisciplinary Studies student at Thomas University and will graduate in May 2019. She earned her Associate of Arts Degree from TU in May 2013.

McClenny was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but moved to Thomasville, Georgia, at a young age. At age 13, she and her family moved to Tallahassee, Florida. McClenny graduated from Leon High School in 2012 and currently lives in Bennington, Oklahoma, where she manages a cattle ranch. 

McClenny said she loves ranching and believes it is a blessing to be able to work outside every day and take care of herds of cattle.

“The history of the American cattle legacy is so rich with tradition, heritage and conservation,” McClenny said. “The cattle industry to me embodies family values, a sense of gratitude, hard work and taking care of God's creation.”

After graduating from TU, McClenny plans to continue working on the ranch and focus more on writing and photography. She stays busy at the ranch. McClenny also wants to find ways to market beef better to consumers and educate the public about the beef industry. 

McClenny learned about TU from her mother, Dr. Carolyn McClenny, who is a faculty member.

“I did not want to attend a big college, and I like the intimate feel of TU,” McClenny said. “[The faculty] have been able to work with me through all of my indecisiveness, and my professors have been very supportive and easy to talk to.”

At TU McClenny found classes that interested her and fit into her future career plans.

“I have been able to take a lot of great classes that really interest me about social media marketing and consumer behavior, environmental sciences, writing, and photography,” McClenny said. “These are all things I am passionate about and want to continue implementing after college.”

McClenny began writing at a young age. Growing up, English was her favorite subject. When she has time to herself, McClenny said she enjoys reading.

“Writers such as Harper Lee, Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway have all inspired me to write,.” She said. “Recently, outdoors publications, such as Modern Huntsman, have inspired me to write more about my love for the outdoors and ranching.”

McClenny also has another article “Battle Buddies,” which will be printed in the September issue of Mississippi Magazine. This article is about Retrieving Freedom Inc., a program that trains service dogs at a Mississippi kennel to help veterans and children with autism.

“I have known about Retrieving Freedom, Inc. for several years now and have continually been amazed at what they do,” McClenny said. “My family breeds, raises and trains English Labrador Retrievers. We donate puppies to RFI to be used as service dogs. The good this organization continues to do for our veterans, as well as children with autism, is amazing. I believe there is no way to give back enough to our brave men and women who have served in our military, but I know these dogs make a difference. I have seen firsthand the joy and freedom they bring to their owners, even saving lives. They are a truly commendable organization.”

 

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