Agriscience student goes big, wins $1000 scholarship


Kenna Luttrell and Maya Saldivar, Reporters

   Ryan Hess’ first experience with FFA started at a young age.

   “I got involved in Ag in 4th grade when I started showing Santa Gertrudis Heifers, I did that with my family, and my older brother also showed,” Ryan said. “Ever since then I’ve been around cattle, and whenever I got into high school I started doing FFA events and leadership activities.”

   By putting hundreds of hours of hard work and studying to use, junior Ryan Hess won the Food Products and Processing Division at the Agriscience Fair held at the State of Texas Fair on October 2019. Ryan took home a 1,000 dollar scholarship for his hard work. 

   “I had to come up to school everyday throughout June, and I had to do a project over how storage methods can affect the vitamin C content in vegetables,” Ryan said. “It is really just a lot of information that had to do with chemistry and titrations.”

   Ryans hard work paid off in a big way.

   “I was excited to win the scholarship and use it towards the college that I plan on going to,” Ryan said. “It was just a big blessing for me.”

   Ryan has researched the major colleges and has narrowed it down to two.

    “I’m hoping to attend Texas A&M or Texas Tech,” Ryan said. “They both have really good agricultural programs.” 

   Savannah Bowers, FFA teacher is very proud of Ryan.

     “Ryan has worked very hard and has attended the State Fair of Texas for many years. It was a great honor and privilege for him to receive this scholarship. Ryan is a State champion and former National champion in the FFA agriscience fair competition and will be competing this week to gain another national title at the National FFA convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.” Bowers said.