A banquet honoring the class of 2010 Ford Leadership Scholars was held on Tuesday, January 4th, in Austin, Texas. There were about 80 individuals in attendance comprised of scholars, their parents and mentors, advisors, agricultural education state staff, representatives of Ford Motor Company, FFA Foundation and Association board members and other guests.
The events of the day included a Foundation “Welcome Reception” held in the Texas FFA Ford Leadership Center, a display of the Ford Scholars' projects, and a banquet held at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Austin.
During the Foundation's “Welcome Reception,” the Ford Leadership Scholars and the Texas FFA State Officers showcased the Texas FFA Ford Leadership Center to visiting Ford VIPs and Ford Leadership Scholar Mentors.
Following the "Welcome Reception," the Ford Leadership Scholars showcased their projects through exhibit-style booths in the Terrace room of the Capitol Sheraton Hotel. Ford representatives, mentors, parents and special guests toured the exhibits asking the students questions about their projects one-on-one.
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Following the project showcase, everyone made their way to the banquet room across the hall. The banquet was emceed by State 1st Vice President, Daylon Koster. The state officer team assisted Daylon in coordinating the banquet. Ford Motor Company representatives and Executive Director of the Texas FFA, Tom Maynard, made opening remarks. The keynote speaker of the event was Trent McKnight of Throckmorton, Texas. Trent is a former National FFA President from Texas, and he has worked in his home community on redevelopment projects for the past few years.
During the banquet, the Ford Leadership Scholars recognized their mentors by presenting each mentor with a gift. Then, the Scholars were recognized one final time as they received their “diplomas” stating their completion of the 2010 Ford Leadership Scholars Program. Following their recognition, the Director of the Texas FFA Foundation, Aaron Alejandro, shared remarks with the group, congratulating the Inaugural Class of Texas FFA Ford Leadership Scholars.
The 2010 “Inaugural” Class of Texas Ford Leadership Scholars:
Brittany Blum- Howe FFA
Molly Dutton- Iowa Park FFA
Stevie Hall – Frankston FFA
Leighton James- Tuloso Midway FFA
Kasey Kram- Weimar FFA
Katherine Leggett- Little Cypress-Mauriceville FFA
Travis McCubbin- Devine FFA
Victoria Pilger- A&M Consolidated FFA
Peyton Ricks- Woodville FFA
Shelbie Thames- East Central FFA