Gabe Jennings will receive his high school diploma at the Grace Christian School Graduation and Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 17, 2013.
During his high school career, Gabe has participated in a variety of activities. He has been active at Grace Christian School where he has served as a student council officer. As a GCS home school extension student, he competed at the Christian Schools Finals Competition at Oral Roberts University in academics, photography, drama, and athletics. Gabe served as a team captain of the GCS Academic Bowl Team that placed 2nd three consecutive years, and he received 1st place honors in Essay Writing, Still-Life Photography, Puppets, and Expressive Reading. His expressive reading and puppet team skits were also selected for showcase performances. In track and field, Gabe won the 110m hurdles, 100m run, and long jump. He also enjoyed serving in the community through Moms-In-Touch, the Mason Nutrition Program, Riata Club Service Organization, and the Mason County Food Bank.
Gabe has been especially involved in 4-H and is presently a member of the Texas State 4-H Council. He currently serves as the District 7 4-H Council president. As a member of the Texas 4-H Ambassador and Advocates program, Gabe has had the opportunity to represent youth involved in the livestock industry at meetings with the Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, Texas Farm Bureau, and Texas legislators.
While Gabe has been involved in a variety of 4-H projects, he has focused mainly on sheep and goats. His showing honors have included Grand Champion Market Goat at Houston, numerous breed champion market lambs, and Supreme Champion Southdown ewes and rams. Gabe’s 4-H Sheep Project Record Book and Farm and Ranch Economics Educational Presentation won top state honors.
This past fall, Gabe and his team members represented Texas 4-H at the National Livestock Judging Contest and earned the Reserve National Champion Team title. The team won the Sheep division and placed in all species. Being the 6th high individual in the nation, Gabe was named to the All American Livestock Judging Team.
Other activities in which Gabe has been involved include the Texas Bobwhite Brigade and the Texas Buckskin Brigade where he was voted Top Cadet at both camps. He served as an assistant covey leader for the South Texas Bobwhite Brigade, represented the Texas Section Society for Range Management at the High School Youth Range Forum, and participated in Mason County 4-H as a club officer and teen leader. Gabe is a member of the River of Life Worship Team and an active participant in True Connection Young Adults.
In the fall, Gabe will attend Texas Tech University where he plans to major in Animal Sciences, Business Option and minor in Natural Resource Management. He desires to participate on wool and livestock judging teams. Gabe is grateful to have been offered several scholarships including the TTU Presidential Scholarship, CASNR Dean’s Scholarship, Terry Foundation Scholarship, State Fair of Texas Scholarship, San Antonio Rural Youth Award, and Texas Brigades Scholarship as well as numerous stock show scholarships.
Gabe values his rural upbringing and appreciates the opportunities and encouragement of all who have been such positive influences in his life. He desires to properly steward God’s natural resources while using livestock and wildlife consulting as a tool to teach the next generation conservation management and the character traits needed to succeed.
Karen and Gary Jennings of Fredonia are Gabe’s parents. His grandparents are Wilda Fay Jennings and the late Thomas Jennings of Fredonia and Ralph and Gloria Curtis of Alamosa, Colorado.