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March 26, 2014

Honors breakfast recognizes hard-working students

Corsicana —

More than 30 students who are involved in their chapters of FFA and 4-H were recognized with a breakfast and prizes Wednesday morning at the Navarro County Youth Expo Honors Breakfast.

The students received some very nice Expo shirts, as well as medallions hung from some classy stands modeled after ones given to Olympic champions and created by Trophies Unlimited.

The students and their parents were treated to a country breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy by the Masons from the 110th District. The breakfast was sponsored by Country Meadows Nursing Home.

It's the largest breakfast they've ever done, said Lance Waggoner.

For Bowie fifth-grader Breven Tobola, 11, this is a big year, not just because he's one of the honors students, but also because he's showing both goats and pigs this year.

“I showed goats last year and had a very good experience,” he said. “I wanted to try out pigs.”

At this point in time, he intends to become a football player when he grows up.

Bryan Mateo, a fifth grader in Dawson, is showing both heifers and steers this year. He's practically an old hand at this, having started showing the large animals in third grade.

Things he's learned include how to keep the cattle calm in the ring, and to always look at the judge, he said.

Bryar Steele, 11, entered goats, a steer and rabbits, and her favorite part of it all is the showing, she said.

Bryar has spent a lot of time in the hospital in the past, but she's very active and busy in the Expo. Her goal is to become a nurse. When her dad looked surprised, Bryar explained: “I have to, so I can take care of the kids.”

The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Barbara Kavalier, president of Navarro College, who used the movie “Babe,” to illustrate some leadership and success tips for the students, borrowing from an article she wrote a few years ago.

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