Brett Acker is a recent graduate of Tilden High School, who has left his mark on Tilden FFA; however, it is quite clear that the FFA has also left a mark on him. Acker just received the Richard Wallrath Foundation Scholarship earning him $10,000 to put towards his education. He explained that the interview process was not too difficult for him because many of the questions were about his involvement in the FFA and what the FFA meant to him, which was really just second nature to him and something that he was passionate about.
Acker participated in several Ag Leadership events including Agricultural Issues and Agricultural Advocacy. He was also a member of the Ag Mechanics team, where the team built and restored projects to show at major livestock shows across the state. Acker was also an active member of the Range Judging team where individuals evaluate land for cattle grazing purposes. In addition, he was a member of the Meat Judging team, where members evaluate different cuts of meat.
When asked about his greatest accomplishments in the FFA, Acker proceeded to say, “My greatest accomplishments in the FFA were definitely winning second at state leadership contest in Agricultural Issues and winning the Houston Division at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Agricultural Mechanics.”
In the fall, Acker is planning on attending Texas A&M University in College Station to study Ecological Restoration. He said that he chose this field because he enjoys science and being outside. Acker’s background growing up on a ranch influenced him to pursue a career that allows him to work with his hands and utilize his knowledge about land restoration.
Acker was beyond gracious for his time spent in the FFA. He said, “I think what I will miss most about FFA are the trips with my friends. He continued, “I really enjoyed my time in the FFA, it is kind of thing you do in my school; however, I never felt pressure to keep coming back every year, I wanted to. My friends kept me going.”
FFA is an organization that has inspired Acker not only throughout high school, but has influenced his future. Acker has so many accomplishments and great memories to look back on from his time spent in the FFA.