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05/21/02 - Broaddus

High School Hero - 5/21 - Winter Parker

Winter Parker is graduating from Broaddus High School in just of couple of days. Even though the town may not have all the luxuries most teenagers want, she says she wouldn't want it any other way. Winter says even though the high school is small, she says it had some big opportunities for her... including Future Farmers of America. She joined F.F.A. her junior year, not knowing the impact it would have on her life.

"Before then, I though that F.F.A. was nothing but welding, plows and cows as they say. But it's not. It's an opportunity to be leaders and to go different places. We went to Houston, San Antonio, Dallas all this year...and it was fun," said Parker.

Winter also took advantage of her educational opportunity. She will graduate as the Valedictorian of her class. Winter says that chance may not have come to her, if she had not lived in a small town.

"I don't believe that I would have had the opportunity to do as well in school in a larger school as well as I have here. The support from the teachers. They know all of us by name and try their best to help us. I've had a lot of support from my teachers, they want to see me do my best," added Parker.

Winter will continue to try to do her best next fall at Stephen F. Austin State University. Even though she is graduating, Winter says she hopes other students will take advantage of the same types of opportunity, in the small town of Broaddus.

"Even though we are from a small school, there are plenty of opportunity for us and that we have to work with our teacher to be able to be successful as students," said Winter.

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