Meet Jenna Kelsay, one of Disney’s Citizen Kids

Editor’s note: Jenna Kelsay is a fifth-grader at Clark Pleasant Intermediate School and a seventh-generation dairy farmer in Indiana. She is one of the featured children at Disney’s Citizen Kid website (

Q. How were you selected for Citizen Kid?

KELSAY: I’m really not sure. I think that the Indiana Milk Association sent in an application, and the Disney people liked it. I had an interview over the phone with the producer of the show, and they asked me a lot of questions. Then she called my mom and told her that they were picking me.

Q. What was the video shoot like?

KELSAY: It was really fun. I got to see what it was like to be in a movie. I was also a little nervous with the camera and the microphone on me. One Disney person from L.A. wanted us to take her picture in the cornfield because she had only seen one in a movie.

Q. How did you prepare for the video?

KELSAY: I read over some questions that they might ask me and I practiced giving a farm tour to my family to make sure I had the facts right.

Q. How did your friends and classmates react when they found out you were one of Disney’s Citizen Kids?

KELSAY: They were really surprised. My whole entire school watched the video on CPI-News (our school morning news), and they liked it. Some kids said, “Wow, that was really good,” and other people were surprised that I was a dairy farmer.

Q. If you could trade places for a week with one of the other Citizen Kids, who would you choose and why?

KELSAY: I would trade places with Cecilia, the fashion designer, because I also like fashion. I got my first sewing machine when I was 7, and I love to sew. I have made two skirts for 4-H and some other things. Maybe some day I could make farm clothes more fashionable.

Q. What has been the most surprising question you have gotten when giving a tour of Kelsay Farms?

KELSAY: The most surprising question I have ever gotten is, “Do brown cows make chocolate milk?” I am surprised at how many kids think this is true.

Q. What do you hope tour participants remember most from their experience at Kelsay Farms?

KELSAY: I hope that they remember that milk comes from a cow and it starts on a farm like ours with the cows getting milked. I also hope that they eat dairy products more often.

Q. What’s your favorite part about living on a farm?

KELSAY: My favorite part about living on a farm is being with the animals. I especially love the baby calves.

Q. What do you hope to do when you grow up?

KELSAY: I hope to go to Purdue University and then give farm tours like my mom. PTD

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