Meet January’s Whatakid is Zoey Wiatrek, who hails from Region VIII. An All Around Cowgirl, she competes in breakaway roping, goat tying and team roping. She is a twotime state qualifier and hopes to end her high school rodeo career by again making a trip to the state finals. She is also the reigning champion breakaway roper for Region VIII.
When Zoey is not busy at a rodeo, practicing for a rodeo, or taking care of her horses, she is involved in various other activities, which makes her an all around outside of the arena too.
Zoey is currently ranked number 5 out of her Senior class of 270, which puts her at the top 2% of her class. Her current grade point average is 101.5. She is enrolled in several dual credit college courses and advanced placement classes, which require numerous study hours. Upon High School graduation in 2017, she will have accumulated an astounding 12 college hours. It is clear that Zoey is a smart and dedicated student.
Zoey currently serves at the Secretary and past President of the Floresville FFA. She competed in radio broadcasting at the district level this past Fall. In the past, she has also competed in Senior Creed Speaking. Along with being an FFA officer, Zoey has been involved in many service activities including Highway Cleanup, Veterans Home/ Nursing Home activities and Sherriff’s Santa. She has raised and showed pigs for the Wilson County Stock Show as well as participated in the county Baked Foods Show. On top of all of her activities and commitments, Zoey also has a part-time job. She works at Floresville South Elementary assisting 1st grade teachers and students. She is at work by 6:45 am every morning and works until 10:15 before heading to her High School classes. She enjoys helping struggling learners and helping teachers make and plan activities.
Zoey is excited that she has been accepted to Texas A&M University and will start there in the Fall of 2017. She will major in agricultural science with her sights set on becoming a livestock pharmaceutical sales representative.
When asked what she enjoys about the sport of rodeo, she replied that she has made lifelong friends and feels that it has instilled the importance of responsibility and competition within her. There is no doubt that when you meet Zoey Wiatrek, you will exclaim, WOW… What A Kid!