BELTON (July 15, 2013)--Several Belton High School students received honors at the statewide Future Farmers of America convention last week in Dallas.
One student who graduated this year, Kyler Tormey, received an $18,000 college scholarship from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to be applied at Texas A&M University.
She plans to study biomedical science.
Students Tristan Beal, Whitney Bushing, Emily Firebaugh, Ashley Myers, Callee Riehl, Ben Simpson, Evan Smith, Johnathan Templeton and Ashley Winkler all received Lone Star Degrees, the highest degree of membership that can be awarded by the Texas FFA Association.
The award shows a dedication and significant progress in their agricultural studies.
BISD teachers Wade Gartman, Tammy Gebert and Brad Hobbs serve as advisiors for the school district's FFA chapter.
FFA courses include farming, ranching, animal science, welding, wildlife and recreation management, floral design and others.
BISD offers courses in 15 of the 16 career and technical education clusters identified by the Texas Education Agency, a spokesperson said.