When Luke Millay was born into this world, he was rushed into surgery to fix a heart issue. Ironically, that would be the last time he would ever have his heart questioned. In fact, anyone you ask will tell you the young man has a heart of gold. An article in the Messenger archives from April 30, 2020, titled ‘Luke Millay: Faith, family and the FFA,” went to great depths exploring a lot of what helped mold Millay into such a successful young man.
Since that article, however, Millay has taken no time to slow down. He continued to expand his hog and cattle operation to accommodate the success his ‘Millay Meats’ brand of custom pork and beef has enjoyed. He also went on to add selling sweet corn to his Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) program through the Meade County FFA program.
Before graduating from Meade County High School earlier this year, he would become not only president of the MCHS FFA Chapter but also the Lincoln Trail Regional Chapter, as well. Then came the Kentucky FFA State Convention where Millay joined a small group of Meade Countians who have done what few others of the thousands of Meade County FFA alumni were ever able to accomplish—he was named the Kentucky State Star Farmer. The award is the equivalent of one of MCHS’ sports teams winning a state championship.
Meade County set a record back in 1972 when Tommy Hardesty was named State Star Farmer a year after Homer Richardson won the award in ’71, becoming the first chapter in state history to have back to back State Star Farmers. Meade County would also claim a father/son duo, when Richardson’s son, Alex, also won the award years after his dad did. Millay has now become the latest to elevate Meade County’s long, successful agriculture traditions onto the stage at the state level.
After registering at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College for fall classes earlier this year, Millay received an unexpected call.
“A few months ago, I received a phone call from Morehead State University’s President Dr. Jay Morgan, and he offered me a full tuition and housing scholarship to attend his university,” Millay explained. “He said it’s an investment in me, an investment in agriculture and through FFA, he saw premiere leadership growth in me and decided he would like to have me on his campus.”
Millay says it was totally unexpected, as he had never applied to Morehead. In fact, he says he thought it was a prank at first.
Millay started the next chapter of his life at Morehead on August 12. He applied to live on the farm at the university and was accepted, allowing him to feel a little more at home while he’s three hours away at school.
“I plan to major in agriculture business,” Millay said of his future. “I just recently graduated from the Kentucky Auction Academy. I plan to take my apprentice auctioneer test this month and try to work for the community to do that in the future as a business, as well.”
Regardless of where the future may lead Luke Millay, his drive and heart of gold are sure to guide him to succeed — that much is for sure.