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By: Texas FFA
May 13, 2013

 
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Julie Vrazel, Texas FFA News Editor

Discovering passions, developing leadership skills and networking with peers and industry professionals are just a few avenues for Texas FFA members to explore.

Juan Samarron, a freshman Frion FFA member, is learning just how much the FFA has to offer.

“I show pigs, and I am a member of the horse judging team,” Samarron said. “But FFA is more than just showing and judging. This organization teaches you about life and prepares you for the real world, even if you’re a ‘city boy’ like me.”

Samarron’s agriculture science teacher, Sid Morris, talked with Samarron about joining the FFA. Since then, Samarron has taken advantage of the numerous opportunities available through the organization.

“Mr. Morris had faith in me, and I can’t wait to get more involved,” Samarron explained.

Encouragement from teachers and family help keep the students motivated.

Senior FFA member at George West High School, Quest Newberry, has experienced disappointment and success throughout his six years of FFA involvement.

“I have overcome obstacles, achieved goals and made many memories,” Newberry said.

Some of Newberry’s accomplishments include serving as an Area X Officer, winning a class with his Duroc barrow at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo and advancing to state in chapter conducting, among others.

“Being active in FFA and other student organizations requires time management, but I have enjoyed being a part of the different groups on campus,” Newberry said.

He attributes some of his talent to his superstitions.

“I dress the same way, from head to toe, for each livestock judging competition,” Newberry explained.

But the wardrobe is only a contributing factor to Newberry’s judging skills. He will be using his judging skills at Blinn College in the fall, with plans to eventually transfer to Texas A&M University.

“I’m going to study animal science and animal nutrition, because it’s what I am most passionate about,” he said.

And passion is a key factor in motivating FFA members.

“I’m passionate about the FFA, the activities, and most importantly the relationships I have built,” explained Kaci Major, senior FFA member at Burleson High School. “Time management is very important, but remaining passionate about my activities drives my FFA involvement.”

In addition to showing pigs and her Chianina heifer, Tulip, Major is also a member of the livestock judging team, entomology team, chapter conducting team, quiz team, farm business management team and competes in public speaking events.

“I was not raised around agriculture,” she said. “But I needed a fresh start, so I moved to Burleson to live with my cousin.”

After moving in with her cousin, Major learned that FFA allowed her to have a voice.

“I have this need and desire to experience life, and FFA has given me that opportunity. I’m spreading my wings and sharing my story with as many members as I can,” she said.

Although Major had a tough childhood, she has preserved and will be attending Clarendon College and judging livestock.

“I’m excited to be moving six hours from home to judge, and I can’t wait to pursue my career in agricultural communications,” Major said.

With guidance, mentors and a passion for agriculture, FFA members are excelling and achieving their goals.
 






 
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