Sweetwater High School Senior, Alyssa Soles was selected to participate in the Ford Leadership Scholars program. Participants are juniors in high school and are chosen based upon six characteristics of leadership – action, relationships, vision, character, awareness and continuous improvement. 

Last month, she attended a pre-selection program in Austin that provided an intense hands-on leadership development experience through apprentice-type scenarios, interaction with nationally recognized leaders and selection of projects to be completed by students in their respective communities. 

“Fostering effective, visionary servant leadership is vitally important to the future of our state and nation. I believe the Ford Leadership Scholars program provides a unique opportunity for FFA members to develop their potential to lead a life of influence and for the FFA to create a legacy of leadership for communities across Texas” said Texas FFA Executive Director Tom Maynard. 

Funded by an endowment established by the Ford Motor Company, Texas Ford dealers and the Texas FFA Foundation, the program provides opportunities to enhance leadership experiences of Texas FFA members.

Due to a conflict in schedules between the Ford Leadership Scholars Summit and serving as a Regional FFA Officer, Alyssa was required to attend the State Convention with the Sweetwater High School FFA Team this week in Corpus Christi, Texas. "Just being selected as a Ford Leadership Scholar is a great honor," said FFA Lead Teacher Corey Rains. "Students rarely have conflicts, but Alyssa works hard to serve the Sweetwater High School FFA program. She is and outstanding leader who strives for continuous improvement while fostering positive relationships with other students on campus."

The Texas FFA Association is an agricultural youth leadership organization that has operated as an integral part of the state’s agricultural education curriculum since 1929. The organization is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 109,000 members in more than 1,045 high school and middle school campuses.  Sweetwater High School's FFA program serves more than 125 students with classes in livestock production, advance animal science, mechanics/metallurgy, and horticulture. The SHS Agricultural Instructional Team includes lead teacher, Corey Rains and teachers Bailey Minor and Jarrod Gee.

Sweetwater High School is proud to have 100% highly qualified staff in all areas of instruction and fully staffed extra-curricular, athletics, and fine arts departments.  The campus is working to improve the quality of instruction, create engaging lessons, and build on the success of current programs as they work to become the premier high school in the Big Country.