EDITORS NOTE: This tribute was presented live by Peggy Georg before the Swine show day, January 17.
Good morning ACLS exhibitors, parents, family members and community supporters,
You will notice this morning that we have brought two pigs into the arena as we come together today for a tribute for two very special students who tragically were lost in 2018, Vicente Valero and Brock Powell, both members of the Jourdanton FFA Chapter. Even though we are all from different walks in life, it is certain that we all have one thing in common, our admiration of two outstanding young men who are tremendously missed and thought of every single day.
To know both boys was a joy and an honor in many ways. Vicente, although shy and quiet, was probably the hardest working student that you would meet. He was always the first one to lend a helping hand for any event, and would always be one of the very last to leave. He absolutely loved being a member of FFA and thoroughly enjoyed showing pigs. He took great pride in feeding and caring for his pigs, and you could always see him up at the barn working and helping others. At the time of his passing in April, he was building a barbeque pit in which he had plans on entering in the Ag Mechanics show this week. Thankfully his best friend Logan Huereca finished the pit for Vicente and entered it this week, earning blue ribbon honors. I know that Vicente was smiling down on this moment.
Brock, although only a 7th grader, left a tremendous legacy behind. From the time of his birth to his passing in November, he was a strong fighter and would never quit at achieving everything that he was destined for. He was a avid sports fan and loved anything and everything to do with showing pigs. He was a great asset to the Powell Livestock family helping with everything from breeding top quality show pigs with his dad, uncle and grandfather to raising his own show pigs and being a champion in the show arena. You knew that when Brock entered the show arena that he was giving it 110% and he was in his element.
Vicente and Brock were the young men who were always doing something and would take every opportunity to get done what needed to be done and help others along the way. Friends, this morning I close with this: referring to the dates engraved on their headstones: The first date represents a new beginning and happiness and the ending date is followed by tears and sadness. But what matters the most is the dash in between because it is that dash that represents so much more. It signifies their time on earth and all that they accomplished in their full but short lives. And it is that line that tells the story of how they lived their lives and the love that they spread to so many.
To the families of Vicente Valero and Brock Powell, our hearts are with you today, tomorrow and in the future. We are truly honored to have been able to share in the lives of your precious son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend. I hope that we will always lend a helping hand and show like a champion as we keep their memories alive in our hearts forever more.
Thank you to everyone for their continued support for these families, and a special thank you to Tammy Shannon and Memories on Main Street for helping bring my vision for this tribute to life. Vicente and Brock, today is for you both. You are both loved and thought of every single day and we know you are with us all.
The Memories on Main buttons brought in $1400 for the Swine Scholarship fund created in the boy’s honor.