Writer: Aspen Lyon
LAS CRUCES–Ten longtime FFA supporters will receive honorary state degrees and students will accept scholarships worth $28,000 during the State FFA Convention June 6-9 at New Mexico State University.
"The honorary state degrees are given to those nominated by different chapters to recognize their volunteer service to FFA above the local level," said Les Purcella, state FFA supervisor.
"The scholarships are given to seniors based on everything they have done in FFA, including projects, activities and grades," Purcella said. This year, total scholarship funding has increased by more than $9,000, he said.
Honorary degree recipients have contributed to FFA at area, regional, and state levels.
Marvin Bramblett of Dexter has supported FFA and agriculture education programs in Chaves County for many years. He helped organize and lead an effort to establish an FFA chapter in the Dexter schools, supports chapter fund raising and purchases show animals at the Chaves County and Eastern New Mexico fairs.
Robert Comyford of Silver City taught for more than 30 years in Crownpoint and Silver City. He was the first agriculture education teacher in Silver City and continues to use his knowledge of agricultural mechanics to assist schools in southwestern New Mexico.
James (Bud) Graham of Silver City is the principal at Silver City High School. An FFA supporter, alumnus and parent, he began as an FFA member in Cobre and held several officer positions, including state president in 1975-76. He previously taught agriculture education at Las Cruces High School.
Sandy Fulfer of Moriarty is an FFA parent, officer in the Moriarty FFA Alumni chapter and member of the State FFA Alumni chapter. She is a strong supporter of all FFA activities, chapter trip chaperone and permanent substitute for the agriculture education department.
Andy Cox of Clovis has been successful in training career development teams from Clovis and Texico. He helped organize judging competitions in House and eastern New Mexico, and assisted with coaching more than 30 FFA chapters.
Gregg Smith of Elida began his involvement in FFA as a member in Floyd. He held officer positions at district and state levels, participated in collegiate FFA, helped organize the county junior livestock auction and founded the New Mexico Beef Expo. Smith serves on the Roosevelt County Fair Board and supports the FFA livestock exhibition program, providing beef animals for several judging events.
Scot and Lisa Stinnett of Fort Sumner are a leading source of FFA publicity, providing coverage in the De Baca County News and Clovis Livestock Market News. Each year, they publish a supplement during National FFA Week filled with news about New Mexico FFA members.
Tod Pinnell of Texico has taught agriculture education and coached teams for 14 years at Corona, House and Texico. He is serving as president-elect for the New Mexico Agriculture Education Teachers Association and has been active with legislative committees seeking funds for the state agriculture education office and the New Mexico FFA Association.
Mark Wise of Las Cruces is the head of NMSU's Animal Science Department. Wise has helped start a strong recruiting program that encourages students to earn degrees in agriculture. He supports livestock career development events by providing funding and quality animals for FFA competitions.
Recipients of state scholarships are listed below by high school chapter.
Russell Walter won the $500 Hap Dalton scholarship.
Sherida Elkins won $500 sponsored by D.J.'s Fundraising. Ruben Trujillo received a $500 scholarship in memory of Levi Downey. Rhea Lynn Leonard was awarded $500 from the New Mexico FFA Association and National FFA Alumni to attend the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
Kyle Encinias received a $500 scholarship from D.J.'s Fundraising.
Cheyenne Dixon received a $500 scholarship from D.J.'s Fundraising.
Haley Chesser won a Fresh Country scholarship for $1,000.
D'Shawn Pettigrew won $500 sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc.
Judd Gardner received $500 from the New Mexico FFA Alumni Association.
Ryan Weatherford won a Fresh Country scholarship for $500.
Caleb Dodd won a $1,100 scholarship sponsored by Agriculture New Mexico. Jason Runyan won the $500 Gene Atchley scholarship.
Rayshell Fulfer received $500 from the New Mexico FFA Association. Amy Lamb won the Pat Long Memorial scholarship sponsored by Riverstar for $500. Nicole Aurand was awarded $500 from the New Mexico FFA and National FFA Alumni to attend the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C.
Jennifer Choate received a $500 scholarship from D.J.'s Fundraising.
Recipients of national scholarships are listed below by high school chapters.
Kolbyn Joy won a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Manistique Papers Inc. Stuart Joy won a $2,500 scholarship sponsored by Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund of Firestone Agriculture Tire Company.
Kyle Encinias received a NAPA Auto Parts scholarship for $1,000.
Opal Greer won a $1,000 Ford Trucks scholarship.
Dustin Davenport won $1,000 sponsored by the Dodge Division/Daimler Chrysler Corporation Fund.
Judd Gardner received a $2,500 scholarship sponsored by Chevrolet.
Lenee Chaves received $1,500 from the Monsanto Company/American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.
Lindsey Johnson won a $1,000 Ford Trucks scholarship.
Katharine Gutierrez and Shawn Madrid both won $1,000 scholarships from Ford Trucks.
Rayshell Fulfer and Amy Lamb both won $1,000 scholarships from Ford Trucks.
Choate received a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Wilbur-Ellis.
Melissa Chavez won a $1,000 scholarship from TruGreen Companies.
Garrett Mayfield received $1,500 from the Monsanto Company/American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.
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