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February 27, 2013

Familiar Faces

Corsicana — Corsicana FFA receives awards

On Friday, Feb. 22 Dave Clemons of Corsicana FFA exhibited his steer at the San Antonio Stock Show. He place second in class 77 of AOB steers. He had the chance to go up for reserve grand champion. However, he did not receive that placing. Dave was fourth overall out of 204 steers. At that time he was presented with a $8,000 scholarship and his steer was put into the sale.

“I cannot think of a more deserving AG student than Dave. He always goes above and beyond and helps everyone out at the Corsicana FFA barn, before taking care of his own,” said ag science teacher Brittany Skinner of Corsicana High School.



Corsicana FFA excels in Agriculture Mechanics competition

Three seniors from Corsicana FFA, Cristobal Arvizu, Luke Mackey and Dave Clemons, won first at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo recently with their 20-foot gooseneck trailer they built.

“These three young men have put in many hours and have learned a craft that can take them as far as they want,” said ag teacher Mark Vitters. “Usually there is one student in a group who excels above the others in ability, but in this case all three are so equal in ability and work ethic it’s not possible to say one shone over the others. They are three fine young men, and very hard-working.”

The students are shown with a table displaying several of their prizes. They will compete later in March at the Navarro County Youth Expo, after competitions at the state shows.



Agape Sophomore keeps Navarro College’s half-time beat

Robert Lane is an intentional young man. While so many of his friends went in a worldly direction, Robert has thrived in a Christian upbringing. He works tirelessly both at school and his home community of Fairfield to spread God’s word and to be the best example of what’s right with American teens. Robert left his former school district at the beginning of his freshman year of high school because he didn’t feel there were enough opportunities for him musically. “I knew that Agape and Navarro College worked closely together, so I was interested in the school,” Robert said.

When he came to Agape, he quickly became involved in their praise and worship team. Now he helps younger students become involved, but he knows that school is more than just music. He didn’t alway sperform to his potential at previous schools because he felt “they were alway trying to fit me into a box.” He says his experience at Agape is different because the faculty understands and celebrates different learning styles. At Agape, he now takes some honors classes as well as taking dual-credit classes at Navarro College.

Robert experience with Navarro College has been extremely rewarding. Wanting deeper music experiences, Agape’s principal, Kathi McMullan, suggested that Robert meet with the director of the marching band, Lamont Goodman. Robert initially expected to speak with Mr. Goodman, but he found himself auditioning that day. The summer of Robert’s sophomore year, he was invited to work out with the marching band in their preparations for last fall’s football season. Robert performed so well that when another percussionist was needed for the last game of the season, Mr. Lamont met with the college’s dean to make the case for Robert taking the field.

He was granted permission and played the half-time show with his fellow musicians. Robert says that he plans to continue preparing with and playing in the stands with the Navarro College Marching Band next season. He also hopes that he gets more opportunities to march on the field. “I couldn’t have done any of this without the love and support of the people at Agape,” he said. His time at the school has been a period of personal growth and exploration. He has become a leader within the school where his love of God can find full expression every day.

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