High School Hero - 10/15-Ashley Martin

Garrison High School Senior Ashley Martin has been showing animals since she was in fifth grade. She also loves accounting. She has combined the interests into a promising career goal.

"I'm hoping to go into ag-business at Sam Houston and maybe go for two more years and get a masters in accounting," said Ashley.

Ashley excels in the classroom. She holds offices in numerous organizations. Ashley takes pride in setting a good example.

"I try to set a positive example and I hope my examples are also a Christian example because that's really what I try to base my life on," said Ashley.

Perhaps one reason why Ashley tries so hard is because of her gratitude to Garrison High School. "Each student in this school and each teacher have taught me so much and had an influence in my life."

However, Ashley's primary mentor is her father, who helps her with the latest ag project, Blaze, a Simmental heifer. The animal won its class at the Pineywoods Fair. They hope for the same performance at state shows in Fort Worth and Houston. If Ashley falls short of the goal, she knows her school and community will provide support.

"They're there to pick me up and say you did a good job even though you messed up, continue, you'll be ok," Ashley said of her friends.