By Team iCEV on November 13, 2017 at 3:33 PM
Together with the Franklin family, CEV Multimedia awarded one outstanding New Mexico student with the Jerry Franklin “Pursuit of Excellence” Scholarship. In memory of the long-time New Mexico agricultural education instructor and former CEV employee, recipients are chosen by Gordon W. Davis, founder and chairman of CEV Multimedia, and Eddie Puckett, retired agriculture instructor and current CTE Curriculum Consultant for CEV Multimedia.
This year, the proud recipient of the $500 scholarship is Annalisa Miller. Miller is a student at Des Moines High School where she holds numerous leadership positions. She also currently serves as the District II Vice President of the New Mexico FFA.
L – R scholarship recipient Annalisa Miller, FFA Advisor Ginger Doherty
Annalisa Miller is a well-rounded young woman who has a diverse set of interests. She is the Folsom 4-H Club president, vice president of her school’s student council, vice president of her school’s National Honor Society chapter, a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the representative for her FFA chapter at local alumni meetings, and was the setter and team co-captain of the Des Moines High School Varsity Volleyball Team. A few of her many activities/recognitions include:
- “Lady Demon Award” for being supportive of her teammates during basketball season
- Represented Union County as the Union County Fair Princess for two years
- All District Scholar Athlete for maintaining high grades during volleyball and basketball season
- Member of the third place Livestock Evaluation team at the 2017 New Mexico FFA State CDE Contest and will compete at the Western National Roundup in January of 2018
According to Miller, FFA is the organization that has easily had the largest influence on her life. She is thankful for the experiences she has had through FFA because they have shaped her into the person she is today.
“The first time I walked into the Ag Room, I was a shy seventh grader who lacked confidence in speaking,” Miller said. “Thanks to FFA, I realized that I have a voice and that my voice matters. A passion for public speaking was hidden inside of me, and competing was the key that unlocked that passion.”
Along with livestock evaluation, Miller has competed in illustrated talk, opening ceremonies, prepared speech, creed speaking and quiz bowl. She has also judged livestock, horse, meats, wool and poultry. However, her favorite aspect of FFA is her Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) showing market goats and steers as well as a stocker cattle operation.
When she was nine years old, Miller showed various animals at a Haskell County Fair Round Robin and instantly knew that goats were her favorite. Since then, she has shown fourteen goats and plans on showing two more for her ninth and final year as a livestock showman.
“Showing goats has been a very fun experience that has also taught me many valuable life lessons,” Miller said. “My goats rely on me to feed them, just like a future employer will rely on me to come to work on time and effectively complete my duties. I have learned that the amount of work I put into a project or a job is what determines my success.”
In Honor of Jerry Franklin
The Jerry Franklin “Pursuit of Excellence” Scholarship was established by CEV Multimedia to perpetuate the memory of the former longtime successful agricultural science teacher, basketball coach, FFA advisor, farmer, mentor and CEV representative. Franklin taught for 27 years at several high schools in New Mexico and remains a highly respected figure among the state’s agricultural circle. One of his greatest passions was seeing students excel, as he was a great mentor to young people in the community as well as throughout the state of New Mexico.
Recipients of this award must be a high school senior from New Mexico, an FFA member and must show market lambs and/or goats.