Greenbrier FFA grants scholarships, plans alumni dinner

2017 Scholarship recipients are, left to right, R.C. Rawls ($500), Alyssa Johnson ($1,000), Austin Cook ($1,000), Jacob Tapley ($1,000), Brittney Beck ($1,000), Taylor Barnett ($500), Jackson Williams ($500), Hadley Fields ($500), Jenny Goodnight ($750), Andrew Burroughs ($750), and Ashley Barkley ($1,000).

Greenbrier FFA Foundation will host its alumni auction and dinner on Saturday on the heels of its annual banquet that honored 11 students with scholarships on April 28.

 

“We gave 11 scholarships for further education and awarded three other students with leadership scholarships,” said Rodney Wiedower, agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor at Greenbrier High School. “Last year was our first year to hold the alumni auction, and the reason we were so successful was really because of our parents and past alumni and really, our whole community, that were extremely supportive.”

The 2016 auction and dinner funded the scholarships for this year’s graduating FFA class, with funds raised totaling more than $26,000. The free-admission auction will follow a steak dinner at Greenbrier High School on May 13. Among the auction items are student projects such as fire pits, gun cabinets, metal art and more, in addition to Yeti coolers, gift certificates and other community donations.

“The projects were all created by students and constructed here,” Wiedower said. “We encourage our kids to bring their parents and grandparents and any FFA alumni. What we raise goes a long way toward scholarships and activities like the state leadership conference so our students don’t have to pay for all of it themselves.”

By the time last year’s dinner and auction was wrapping up, plans were already underway for 2017, Wiedower said.

“The thing we like to hang our hat on is that we teach leadership skills, life skills, time management and what it means to lead a team,” he said. “We have classroom stuff, too, in the shop that teaches each kid a skill so they are going to be able to carry that with them. It’s what keeps me going after doing this for 30 years.”

The second Reunion Dinner and Auction is set Saturday at 5 p.m. at Greenbrier High School. A steak dinner will be served for $12 with live and silent auction to follow.

Greenbrier FFA Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the mission of the Greenbrier FFA Organization. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of its students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

For more information, contact Becca Spinks, Greenbrier FFA advisor, at (501) 581-3391 or by email at spinksb@greenbrierschools.org.

 

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