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Pursuit of Excellence

New Mexico Student Receives the Jerry Franklin "Pursuit of Excellence" Scholarship Award

February 2, 2015

Each year, CEV Multimedia awards one New Mexico student the Jerry Franklin “Pursuit of Excellence” Scholarship in memory of the long-time New Mexico agricultural education instructor and former CEV employee. Recipients are chosen by Gordon W. Davis, founder and chairman of CEV Multimedia, and Eddie Puckett, retired agriculture instructor and current curriculum sales consultant for CEV Multimedia.

This year, the proud recipient of the $500 scholarship was Artesia High School senior, DeLaney Hanagan.

Hanagan’s major interests lie in agriculture, athletics and choir, of which she has won multiple awards in each area. She is the Chapter Secretary of the Artesia FFA, where she has shown livestock at the novice, junior and senior levels at both the county and state fair. She is the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Show Choir Leader for her participation in the Artesia High School Choir and the 2013 Girls MVP for Artesia High School Cross-Country. She has also served as a member of the National Honor Society since 2012 and participated in numerous mission trips and volunteer work with the elderly through the First United Methodist Youth Group.

“Based on my leadership and accomplishments, I’m extremely honored to receive this scholarship,” Hanagan said. “I have so much respect for previous winners and am grateful to be included among them.”

From left to right: DeLaney Hanagan, 2014 recipient of the Jerry Franklin "Pursuit of Excellence" Scholarship; Eddie Puckett, retired agriculture instructor and CEV curriculum sales consultant.

Hanagan believes that through her membership in FFA, she has acquired useful leadership, teamwork and cooperation skills, as well as developed a set of strong values and lifelong friendships through showing livestock across the state.

“Through showing livestock I’ve learned responsibility, family values and developed friendships around the state and country,” Hanagan said. “I’ve seen how to be honest, fair and humble in some trying times through these experiences.”

Though once interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, Hanagan’s previous work experience as a Preschool Physical Therapist Assistant and a summer spent doing mission work on a hippo-therapy farm have altered her future goals. She is now interested in a career as a physical therapist in a school setting, but plans to continue being involved with her peers in agriculture by studying animal science and pre-medicine during college.

“I enjoy working with young children who have problems with motor skills and think I would really enjoy rehabilitation work,” said Hanagan.

The Jerry Franklin “Pursuit of Excellence” Scholarship was established by CEV to perpetuate the memory of the former longtime successful agriculture teacher, basketball coach, FFA advisor, farmer, mentor, and CEV representative. Franklin taught for 27 years at several different high schools in New Mexico, and remains a highly respected figure among the state’s agricultural circle. One of his greatest passions was seeing students excel, as he was a great mentor to young people in the community as well as throughout the state of New Mexico.

Recipients of this award must be a high school senior from New Mexico, an FFA member and must show market lambs and/or goats.