At an FFA event in the spring of 2006, I met a girl from the Todd County FFA chapter.
A little over a month later, we were elected to be regional officer teammates.
Two months after that we set out to spend 5 weeks at the Governor’s Scholars Program, both with the focus area of agribuisness and biotechnology.
By the end of that summer, there was no doubt in my mind that she would be one of my best friends for years to come.
Her name was Ashlee but since there were so many other “Ashley’s” in the world, she’d forever be known by her last name: “Castle.”
Over the next four years we’d both be state FFA officers (on different teams) and graduate with agriculture degrees (from different schools).
We ate way too much sushi, brownie batter cookies and learned valuable lessons about cooking (like not to microwave eggs!)
We comforted each other through tragedy and helped each other celebrate some of life’s happiest moments.
When I look back on it, our friendship is kind of ironic because Castle and I really don’t have that much in common. Continue reading