— By CHRISTIN COYNE
Area residents have an opportunity this coming week to help Weatherford agriculture students pursue their goals.
The Friends of the Weatherford FFA is hosting a “Boots & Suits” dinner and reverse raffle April 13 with a grand prize of $5,000 to help send several seniors to college and assist with the needs of the 156-member Weatherford FFA.
The non-profit organization, similar to a booster club, held their first fundraiser last year and provided $1,000 scholarships to three of the seniors who applied.
They also stepped in to help cover the costs of sending two FFA club members to compete nationally last summer.
The school does not sponsor things on a national level, so when range team members Lawson Priess and Koby Wulfjen had a chance to go to Oklahoma to compete, the Friends of Weatherford FFA donated $1,000 to help with their travel expenses for the week, one of the fundraiser organizers, David Chilcutt, said. The two ended up placing ninth in the nation for their efforts in identifying grasses on ranches and making recommendations on how to improve the ranch land.
Five seniors – Priess, who hopes to study poultry science; Wulfjen, who wants to learn range ecology; Brandie Rohmann, who intends to major in biomedical science; Carson Terrell, who hopes to eventually run an agriculture business, and Haley Farmer – have applied for the scholarships this year.
The students come from a variety of backgrounds - Rohmann lives in an apartment and joined FFA at the urging of a teacher while Terrell has grown up in the country riding horses.
However, all show various animals, compete in FFA competitions, and are involved in a variety of activities, sports and leadership positions at the high school.
The non-profit hopes to raise $5,000 in scholarship money for the graduating students.
“They’re all good kids,” Chilcutt said.
Tickets are $100 and cover two Mesquite Pit-catered dinners at the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse and a raffle for one of several prizes totaling $8,000.
The group is only selling 200 tickets so those who want to attend can contact him at 817-4757957, Chilcutt said.