I grew through this experience. I grew in how I approach communicating the efforts of agriculture to others. I grew in my own confidence and trusting my instinct. I grew in my faith and dependence on Christ when I feel somewhat alone or afraid. It was revealed to me who I am and what I am passionate about, and I owe it all to you, Australia.

As a kid, Brandon Ray would head up to Palo Duro Canyon once or twice a year to visit his grandparents’ ranch that has been in the Ray family since 1948. When Ray realized he could go to college at Texas Tech University, only an hour and a half from the ranch, he knew that was where he was meant to be.