The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 23, 2013

Alva’s Hess has big impact on many lives

By Courtney Mapes, Alva FFA Reporter
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Ask anyone in northwest Oklahoma whether they know Kevin Durant or Carrie Underwood and the answer most likely will be yes.

However, another young man who has made quite an impact on our district is Rhett Hess. If you don’t know him, there is a probability one of your friends or family is familiar with him.

Hess is a senior at Alva High School who has made quite the difference on not only our community and school but the surrounding towns as well. An active member of Alva FFA, Hess enjoys showing pigs with his younger brother, Riley. His favorite breed is the Poland. At stock shows when given free time he becomes quite the social butterfly, striking up conversations with people from all over the state. Not only is he successful in this project, but you also can see how determined he is about showing his pigs. Hess also is involved in Special Olympics and has won countless trophies and medals.

Hess is an inspiring young member of our chapter who always has a smile on his face and never fails to brighten your day with a hug or high five. The halls will be a totally different place next year after he graduates. I personally think Hess sets a great example more should follow. Although, he does have his setbacks and struggles that make each day tougher than ours, he never gets down and keeps his head held high.

Yes, in FFA the fact is unavoidable you will get sifted from a class, forget your speech or bomb a class at a livestock judging contest. But, by keeping your head up and moving on to make the best of the situation you will be more successful than if you dwell on your past. One must keep your head held high to strive for the best.

Throughout your life you meet many people who will eventually be forgotten and lost in the back of your mind; however, I know Rhett Hess will not be one of those people for me. His unbelievable character and can-do attitude will be forever etched in my mind and impact my decisions I make on a day-to-day basis. Alva FFA, Oklahoma FFA and National FFA are blessed to have such an aspiring member to inspire people every day and represent the FFA program.