02.03.17

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Ally Martin of Wheatland

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Ally Martin of Wheatland County, a tough ranch hand with a very bright future. 

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Daines’ recognition in the Congressional Record is available here. 

Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: http://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve

The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record:

MONTANAN OF THE WEEK

Mr. DAINES. Mr. President, this week, I have the distinct honor of recognizing Ms. Ally Martin of Wheatland County, a tough ranch hand with a very bright future.  This young lady has flat out excelled in her community.  The superintendent of Harlowton Public Schools said of Ally, “I have known Ally for her whole life and she has yet to disappoint me.”  

     Ally is the oldest of four siblings on a working sheep and cattle ranch not too far from the Musselshell River in central Montana. Anyone who knows the amount dedication and perseverance it takes to keep this type of family business running, knows that Ally’s achievements in sports, school and 4-H are remarkable.  Ally gets her grit from her family. Her parents would drive 25 miles to take ally to her part time job washing dishes and waiting tables at the Crazy Mountain Inn in Martinsdale. From 2013-2015, Ally was recognized as the Wheatland County 4-H Grand Champion for her sheep project.  Ally meticulously cross bred Suffolk sheep into her family’s Targhee flock, making noticeable gains to weaning weight. Some of her 4-H peers even started using her lambs in 4-H as well.  Ally has been able to shoulder the demands of the ranch while ranking first in her class academically, earning all-state athletic honors in basketball and track, and participating in student government. Ally commits to whatever she sets her mind to from ranching to school to sports.

     Ally broke new ground as the first person from Harlowton High School appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point. The number of cadets at West Point will be nearly double the population of Wheatland County.  Ally won’t flinch at this.  She is not one to seek out comfort, make excuses, or look for shortcuts.  She will do what she has always done. Wake up when almost everyone else is still sleeping, focus on the tasks at hand and simply get the job done.  Her exemplary hardwork and leadership will serve our nation well in the military. Good luck, and Godspeed Ally, the people of Montana support you. 

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