A banquet honoring the Class of 2012 Ford Leadership Scholars was held on Thursday, Jan. 3, in Austin, Texas.
The scholars showcased their projects through exhibit-style booths in the Capitol Sheraton Hotel. Ford representatives, mentors, parents and special guests toured the exhibits and asked students questions about their projects.
During the banquet, Captain Bryan L. Tye of the United States Marine Corp spoke to those in attendance.
“Be yourself. Become one with your team, and develop good communication,” Tye said when explaining qualities of an effective leader. “Understanding your team is important to successfully completing your vision.”
The scholars presented their mentors with a gift, and the banquet concluded with the scholars receiving their “diplomas” stating their completion of the 2012 Ford Leadership Scholars program.
The Ford Leadership Scholars program criteria for selection and the leadership development components of the program focus on six characteristics of leadership: action, relationships, vision, character, awareness and continuous improvement. More than 200 FFA members applied to be a part of the program through a process that included an extensive online application, exam over an assigned leadership text, telephone interview and a day-long behavioral interview.
“Fostering effective, visionary servant leadership is vitally important to the future of our state and nation. I believe the Ford Leadership Scholars program provides a unique opportunity for FFA members to develop their potential to lead a life of influence and for the FFA to create a legacy of leadership for communities across Texas,” said Texas FFA Executive Director Tom Maynard.
The 2012 Class of Texas Ford Leadership Scholars:
Katherine Carter - Clear Brook FFA
Shelby Eckhardt - Seguin FFA
Callie Henly - San Augustine FFA
Bailey Keith - George West FFA
W Hayden Lander - Danbury FFA
Victoria Osburn - Gunter FFA
Kaylee Paul - Huffman FFA
Brandie Rohmann - Weatherford FFA
Bryce Winfrey - Seminole FFA
Madison Yandell - Iowa Park FFA