Nacogdoches County student wins Free Enterprise Speech Contest
(SAN ANTONIO, Texas)—A high school senior from Nacogdoches took first place and a $6,000 scholarship as winner of the 2016 Free Enterprise Speech Contest at the 83rd Texas Farm Bureau Annual Meeting.
Sarah Alders, 17, daughter of David and Nicole Alders of Nacogdoches, topped 11 other speakers from across Texas in the annual contest.
At Regents Academy, Alders is active in the National Honor Society, Key Club and speech and drama clubs. She also participates in track and field, plays and teaches piano and is in the orchestra.
Alders plans to attend Stephen F. Austin State University to pursue a degree and career in dietetics.
Runner-up in the Dec. 3 competition and winner of a $3,000 scholarship was Jacie Henefey, 18, a high school senior from D’Hanis. The daughter of Justin and Laurie Henefey, she plans to attend Texas Tech University and major in Animal Science with a pre-vet option.
At D’Hanis High School, Henefey is active in 4-H, FFA, FCCLA and student council. She also plays several sports, including volleyball, basketball, softball, tennis and is a cheerleader.
Four other finalists and winners of $2,000 scholarships were named, including Savana Ware of Crosby County, Alyali Marcano of Dallas County, Marshall Halfmann of Falls County and Cahil Murchison of Caldwell County.
The winner, runner-up and four finalists will receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to visit elected officials, observe Congress in session and visit historical sites.
Other contestants and winners of $1,500 scholarships were Noah Evans of Hemphill County, M’Lynn Prewitt of Clay County, Sheyenne Mitchell of Hopkins County, Riley McKinzie of Erath County, Sarah Parks of Austin County and Lauren Carrell of Live Oak County.