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Beathem is Dixon’s February Young Woman of the Month

Feb 28, 2024 11:23AM ● By Dixon Soroptimist International

Left to right, DeeDee Talbot, Braddison Beathem and Dixon Soroptimist President Brenda Walker. Soroptimist courtesy photo

DIXON, CA (MPG) - Braddison Beathem is SI Dixon Young Woman of the Month. She was nominated by Mr. Ledesma, teacher at Dixon High School.

“It was an easy choice to choose Braddison. She is a humble leader in her class who surrounds herself with like-minded friends,” he said.

Braddison is the daughter of Bill Beathem and DeeDee Talbot. She has grown up in the country closer to Davis than Dixon. Going to Davis schools was good, but they did not offer agriculture classes that Braddison was very interested in. When Braddison was entering her sophomore year, she transferred to Dixon High School.

Right away, Braddison found her place in Future Farmers of America (FFA), serving as chapter treasurer. Growing up involved in agriculture, she knew that was where she wanted to focus her high school career. Both of her parents were in FFA, and her mom achieved the highest honor in FFA, earning the American FFA Degree. This year, Braddison is serving her last year as the Dixon FFA Chapter President along with the Solano-Alameda section president.

In past years she has raised market animals including a goat named Bruno, hog named Bagel, and lamb named Stewie. This year she is raising a market steer named Mojo and a heifer named Maggie.

One of Braddison’s greatest accomplishments that she is proud of is earning the California State FFA Degree. She has great admiration for her mom, DeeDee, and is on her way to earning the American degree.

Some of her favorite things to do are raising animals, riding horses, and swimming. She has grown up riding and showing horses. At 8 years old her grandpa saw her talent and sent her to a riding school to learn jumping. It was soon her favorite thing to do causing Braddison to spend hours at the barn with her pony, Snowy. She then sold Snowy and bought her first jumping horse, Sam. To this day, she considers Sam one of her best friends. While working with her horses, she has discovered equine therapy and has worked with others from Mendocino to Woodland to improve the lives of their horses through therapy.

During Braddison’s junior year, she decided to play DHS water polo. While she loved water polo, she decided she would be on the DHS swim team her senior year. She is excited to see where the season takes her.

Braddison has committed to Northern Arizona University for dental hygiene and eventually oral surgery. She will attend college with two of her best friends, Maddie and Morgan. After listening to Braddison, it is very clear she will succeed in her future.

We wish you the best in the next steps of your life. You are an amazing young woman!