Key to Succes
By Kathy Ibendahl
Five years ago,
Tony Jury (B.S. 98, M.S. 99) agreed to take a trip home
with FarmHouse brother Brian Burkhead. Anxious to get away from
school for a relaxing weekend and meet the family of his good friend,
Jury never imagined that the trip would change his life forever.
When he met Burkheads younger sister, Kristy (B.S. 99),
Jury knew he wanted to get to know her better. At the time, Kristy
Burkhead was a first-year student in the College of Agriculture,
and she and Jury soon began to date.
They remained a couple throughout the next few years and decided
theyd make a great team for life. They married May 22, 1999,
the weekend after her graduation from UK.
Today the Jurys are quickly becoming agricultural and youth leaders
in Gallatin County, Kentucky. Kristy became the County Extension
Agent for 4-H/Youth Development almost two years ago, and Tony is
in his second year as the vocational agriculture teacher at Gallatin
County High School in Warsaw.
One of the things they enjoy most about their new jobs is that they
often get to work together. Since their jobs overlap, they know
many of the same students and parents, and work on some of the same
programs and events.
As a couple, it makes it easier to sit down and iron out the
details, said Tony Jury. Its also a lot of fun
working with the same students.
We enjoy making a difference in the lives of young people,
added Kristy Jury. Our jobs allow us to see children use what
they learn and realize that they have more potential than they thought.
Theres a real excitement in seeing them develop.
Combined, the Jurys are in contact with hundreds of young people.
with about 500 Gallatin County youth, teaching them life skills,
helping them gain personal knowledge, and promoting lifelong learning.
Tony teaches approximately 120 high school students. As a vo-ag
teacher, he helps them gain a knowledge of agriculture as well as
skills they will need after high school graduation.
The Jurys stay in touch with friends and keep up to date with the
College through the Ag Alumni Association. We want to give
back to the College, said Tony Jury. Being a member
of the Alumni Association makes you feel like you have a voice to
make changes and support current students through scholarships.
We wouldnt be here if it werent for the College of Ag.
the two ag ed majors were busy student leaders. Tony was active
in FarmHouse, the Ag Ed Society, Baptist Student Union, and the
Dairy Club. Kristy was a member of the CERES womens fraternity,
the Ag Ed Society, Baptist Student Union, Student Athletics Council,
Ag Student Council, and the Ag Ambassadors. Ending her college career
on a high note, Kristy was chosen to be the student speaker at the
1999 University commencement ceremony.
The Jurys credit the College of Ag for the success they are enjoying
in their new positions. The College gave me the opportunity
to gain experience in the classroom setting, said Kristy Jury.
Im in classrooms frequently and my experience has helped
me prepare lesson plans, learn how to discipline, and use attention-grabbing
For Tony Jury, college taught him to respect others opinions
and learn to work with them. I learned to enjoy people for
who they are, he said. When you teach kids, its
very important to forgive and get along.
When it came to selecting a school, there was no other choice for
Tony Jury but the UK College of Agriculture. As a child, he had
heard about the University and, during his involvement in 4-H dairy
judging, he crossed paths with Dr. George Heersche in the Department
of Animal Sciences. Heersches encouragement solidified his
decision to attend UK.
admits that she chose UK because she wanted to be a part of the
rifle team. The teams advisor met her at an FFA event and
made a good impression. She also credits Dr. Charles Byers in the
ag education program and Lou Ann Waldner, former Director of Student
Relations, for inspiring her to attend the College.
There are great people in the College, smiled Tony Jury.
We gained friends for life. We relate better and are closer
to our friends in ag because of our similar backgrounds.
Tony and Kristy Jury both grew up on farms, one of the many things
they have in common. The couple enjoy various outdoor activities
such as hunting, hiking, and camping.
Tony is the son of Freddy and Jean Jury of Nelson County; Kristys
parents are J.O. and Judy Burkhead of Lancaster in Garrard County.
Tonys younger sister, Erin, entered UK last fall, working
toward a degree in ag education.