Lovell senior helps others find themselves

Erin Mullins

Whether launching off the pool deck to swim or leading the Lovell High School FFA Chapter to place in two events at state, senior Croix Tryon has found herself and her purpose.

And Tryon isn’t finding her purpose alone: she is helping others find their purpose via her own success and acumen. Unlike some who give up when they are teenagers, becoming apathetic, Tryon has been cutting out her own trail through the underbrush to reach the mountaintop of her goals. 

Nicholas Edelman, Future Farmers of America advisor and agricultural teacher for LHS, has been advising Tryon for three years and said she has always been a worker bee. 

“If you gave her something to do, she was going to do it. And she treats school and FFA stuff that way,” Edelman said. “She shows up on time for practice. She works extremely hard. She shows up to school on time. She takes care of her grades.”

Tryon has been participating in FFA since her freshman year. She competed in poultry judging, livestock judging and creed speaking her freshman year, as well as winning the Star Green-Hand award for her FFA chapter. 

Her sophomore year, she competed in environmental and natural resources, agricultural sales and public speaking. She won the environmental natural resources contest at state and received two awards, the Star Farmer Award and the Dennis Arlow Memorial Award.

Last academic year, as a junior, Tryon competed in agricultural sales, natural resources and public speaking. As a team, LHS FFA placed fourth in sales and third in environmental natural resources at State. 

Tryon said the team got to walk across the stage at State because of how highly they placed. Junior year, she was walking across the stage as vice president of FFA.
     Tryon was vice-president of the club her sophomore and junior years, and now is acting FFA president. Being president of the club is a lot of responsibility, she said. 

“I’m the president this year, which is a lot more responsibility, because now I run meetings. Like at the officer meetings, I help lead those, and I go to our Parents of the Blue Jackets meeting, which is our parents support group,” Tryon said, “FFA (competition) really hasn’t started (yet this year), we’re about to start all of our practices.”

Additionally, Tryon participates in swimming, manages the wrestling team and is a member of the National Honor Society. She has received the congressional nomination to attend the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Initially, Tryon was interested in the military as a way to pay for college without taking out loans. But she has since found a niche in seeking the Naval Academy, wanting to protect others and give people the focused direction she has in life. 

“I want to secure safety for other people. So maybe they can’t get that for themselves. Maybe that’s just not possible for them,” she said. “So that’s what I want to do.” 

Tryon’s dad was in the Navy, and her grandpa served in World War II.  Her father loved being in the Navy, especially getting to travel a lot, which she said was a big factor in her decision to choose the Navy.
      Tryon has been swimming since third grade, and has made it to State every year of high school. This year, she swam in the 100 fly, 100 breaststroke, and 100 freestyle at State. She and the girls who qualified brought rubber ducks to the state competition, just for fun. 

Outside of school, Tryon enjoys crocheting and hanging out with her friend Augastina Lembke, junior at LHS. Tryon has crocheted stuffed animals, a ramen bowl and is currently working on a flower blanket. 

Lembke said Tryon is her best friend. The two met freshman year through the swim team, and Tryon invited Lembke up to the mountain with her family, 

“We rode in on our horses, and it was really fun. She’s really sweet,” Lembke said.

After that trip, the two were fast friends. Lembke moved to Lovell three years ago from Gurley, Nebraska. At the time she moved, she didn’t have a lot of confidence riding her horse but said Tryon has helped her gain confidence.

Lembke said Tryon also helps her with homework, and she doesn’t know what she is going to do without her best friend next year. Tryon and Lembke are always hanging out, doing horse girl things like Lembke practicing tricks. 

“My dad warned me, the hospital is 30 minutes away. So I am like, ‘Croix, I need you today,’” Lembke said. 

Tryon holds a 4.0 unweighted GPA, and before she even graduates she has already created a culture of hard work, community service and a can-do attitude at LHS, which will persist at the high school after she is gone.