Winifred girl headed to nationals for speech

By CHARLIE DENISON | Reporter Fourteen-year-old home school student Jenae Butcher of Winifred is always up for a challenge, competing on all kinds of levels, from speech and drama to dirt bike races to shooting rifles. The girl stays busy, working hard pushing herself to improve, and it’s paying off. Next week, Jenae heads to Shawnee, Oklahoma, where she will compete in the national tournament for home school students. Jenae will perform an informative speech on her great-grandfather, who was a courier in the Civil War. Having recited the speech a number of times now, Jenae said she is feeling comfortable with it, especially after giving the speech on Memorial Day for veterans and families with veterans at the Winifred Community Center. “That got me out of my comfort zone,” she said. “I was pretty nervous.” There might still be some nerves as she heads to Oklahoma, but she is excited for the challenge, just as she is when on the dirt bike. “Last year I took third in the women’s C category at the Burnt Timber series we host out here,” she said. “Dirt biking is one of my favorite things to do. I love jumping, doing tricks and racing.” But as much as she loves riding her dirt bike, she loves shooting rifles equally, if not more. “Junior Rifle Club is one of my favorite things to do,” Jenae said, “and I really moved up this year. I claimed club champion in all four positions: prone, sitting, kneeling and off-hand.” This success helps her quite a bit with her other hobby: hunting. “I like to hunt with my brother, Josh,” she said. “Sometimes I also go with my dad, Trevis. I really enjoy elk hunting. Last year I drew a bull tag. It wasn’t huge but definitely had lots of good meat.” Hobbies aside, Jenae grew up on a ranch. By the age of 6, she was already going on cattle drives, and she loves it, but it takes discipline, drive and a love for the difficult. “Growing up on a ranch is hard work,” she said. “I think it’s really good for kids to grow up on a ranch. I’ve learned responsibility; I’ve learned how to sell things, how to make money. It’s made me grow up faster.” For example, Jenae has her own cow operation already. “It’s small, but I’m working on building it,” she said. “I have five cows and calves. It’s pretty stressful at times. I have to worry about paying all the bills. It’s good. I know I’ll have income when I go through college.” About to start her freshman year, there is much for Jenae to be excited about. Career-wise, she doesn’t know exactly what she wants to do yet, but while in school she knows she wants to be as active as possible with speech and drama and wants to continue to compete at a high level in the sports she loves. A fan of Winifred, Jenae said she could see herself coming back home after establishing herself and starting a family. “I’d love to move back to a ranch,” she said. “It’s a good place for kids to learn. I also love my tractors, my horses and my cows. It’s good for a person. I just love it out here. It’s beautiful.”

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