by Sydnie Eller, Wyoming FFA media intern
Throughout the years, Wyoming FFA has been blessed by numerous outstanding and inspiring agricultural education teachers across our state. Our FFA advisors never fail to push their students to be the best they can be, and over the past 36 years,in the largest city in the state, Ty Berry has taken all the opportunities he could to ensure his students are succeeding in and outside the classroom. During the High Plains FFA Chapter’s fifteen years, he has been the only ag advisor after bringing a chapter to Cheyenne Central High School.
Berry has coached many CDE teams to a state championship, and at the 2017 National FFA Convention he led his Veterinary Science team to a 2nd place finish.
His secret to success? According to his students it might be that he starts every morning with Carnations Instant Breakfast- which “is like chocolate milk, but it isn’t chocolate milk.” Or it might be the fact that he always carries a Sacajawea coin and a marble in his pocket for good luck.
In his 36 years of teaching he has inspired many of his FFA members to run for a state office and has had 37 of them elected to a state office position, including newly elected state officer, Rudy Nesvik, pictured.
Despite the fact that Berry has a very long list of achievements under his belt, he’s more than the awards he and his teams have earned. Berry is always willing to go above and beyond for his family, his students, and for anyone else he may encounter that needs it. Berry’s successes could easily define who he is, but more than anything he is known for his kind heart and ability to make anyone in a blue corduroy jacket feel comfortable and confident.
One of the people Berry has greatly influenced is a former student, and past Wyoming FFA State Officer, Aaron Kersh. Kerson first got to know Berry when he was in junior high, and he knew from the moment he met him that he was somebody he really looked up to, and to this day he is someone he wants to make proud. “Throughout high school he was one of my biggest role models and supporters- I don’t think I could have got through high school without him.” Aaron notes Berry’s dedication to his students and his family, knowing he would go above and beyond for both.
While the kind words said about Berry from students who have spent multiple years learning from him say a lot, the impact he can make on students within their freshman year alone says even more. Speaking with Cash Bohannon, a member who has only known Berry since the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, the amount of respect Berry quickly earns from his students was obvious.
“He’s a really cool guy. He’s been teaching so long he doesn’t have to think twice about what he’s telling you- he basically knows it all. I don’t think I would have been involved in FFA this year if it wasn’t for him.”
Berry has inspired countless lives- not just his students- over his 36 years of dedication to teaching. His passion, commitment, knowledge, and love for this organization have made Berry someone that all of Wyoming FFA can look up to.