Our Teenager of the Year started his education at Poteet elementary enrolled in their dual-language program. He conquered Spanish and in third grade was awarded the Mirabeau B. Lamar Award of Excellence from the Poteet Masonic Lodge. At age of six, his musical talents began with the fiddle and taking lessons, he soon began entering fiddle contests at Poteet Strawberry Festival and always did well placing 1st or 2nd.
At Pleasanton Junior High he participated in academic meets, joined the band, and made all-region band in 7th and 8th grade, playing alto sax. Entering high school, he loved being in the band, received several region, area and state awards. Played on the golf team and was the highest-ranking boy in his class.
He participated in the UIL debate and was district champ and placed sixth in State. He was an NHS inductee and attended the Hugh O’Brian youth leadership program. In his junior year, he was a member of Business Professionals of America District Champs group and State qualifier. He was Head Drum Major of the Mighty Eagle Band.
In his senior year, he received commended performance in the National Merit Scholar program award. Business Professional of America State qualifier, and NHS chaplain. For four years he has been the highest-ranking boy of his class and qualified for many extra awards in his band competitions and four years all-region band.
He is a very active member of the Methodist church in Pleasanton. He traveled with the youth group to the Bahamas on a mission to provide hurricane relief. He volunteers with the community food pantry and vacation bible school. He always helps with the UMW annual spring luncheon by helping with the food and serving and entertaining at this event with his music.
Has been the Best American Brother to many students in the Rotary exchange program for ten years. He is currently attending Texas A&M University in college station and has been accepted into their microbiology and immunology program. Your 2019 teenager of the year is Robert Rutherford son of Meredith and Guy and brother to McAda.
Great job Robert Rutherford.