GLEN ROSE- With fresh catfish provided by the alumni already devoured, the Glen Rose High School annual FFA Banquet was held Tuesday, May 18 inside the GRHS cafeteria. FFA members received awards, scholarships, and degrees and presented community members with certificates and granted recognition.

Along with the multiple awards and scholarships, the new 2016-2017 FFA officers were installed at the end of the ceremony.

Agriculture teacher, Blake O’Quinn, took part in helping the 2015-16-chapter officer team present the awards, certificates and recognition.

“I couldn’t be prouder to work with such a great group of kids,” O’Quinn said. “Glen Rose FFA has been extremely well represented in many areas over the past year because of the hard work these kids put in. We are graduating a great group of seniors, but don’t doubt the upcoming FFA members. [They] will carry on where the others left off.”

Senior and 2015-2016 FFA Vice President, Dakota Stroud, received numerous awards and was a Little Britches Pony Club FFA Barnyard Scholarship recipient.

“Glen Rose FFA is where I got my start. I wasn’t going to be an Ag kid, I wasn’t going to do anything with FFA and then I got into the organization and people like Mr. O’Quinn and the seniors we had my freshman year got me involved,” Stroud said. “That’s what FFA is all about, getting involved, getting yourself out there and doing the things that you love. I learned that I love the FFA so much.”

Stroud expressed that he overcame many challenges such as public speaking and responsibility because of his involvement in the FFA.

“Through these past four years I’ve not only learned to better myself, but to better other people. It’s just something I love and that’s why I’ll be running for state officer this year,” Stroud explained. “I don’t want to do this for myself, I want to do it so that I can better other members down the road. Even though this isn’t where I was going to start, I ended up here and it’s been the best thing in my life. I want to go out and advocate for the FFA and get others involved when they might not ever have that opportunity or have that thought in their head.”

2015-16 FFA Advisor and senior who is heading to Angelo State next year, Maci Sowders, was a freshman when O’Quinn started his first year as an Ag teacher in Glen Rose.

“It’s been amazing. I love traveling with Mr. O’Quinn. It’s the best. All the memories, I’ll cherish them forever,” Sowders said.

Glen Rose FFA has achieved and accomplished many things this year and there is no doubt their stairway to success will not end here.

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Kelsey Poynor

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