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Blinn College freshman focused on making community impact

Washington County Tea Party awards scholarship to Deonte Carr

November 22, 2013

Deonte Carr was once content with doing enough in life to get by. But since enrolling at Blinn College – Brenham this Fall, Carr has grown to realize the importance of working hard and dreaming big.

That focus paid off  when Carr, a freshman from Fairfield, Texas, was recently awarded a $500 scholarship by the Washington County Tea Party.

“Back in high school, I knew I could simply pay attention in class and pass,” Carr said. “But now, I’m doing a lot more to push to get an ‘A,’ to get a 100.”

That expands beyond the classroom too.

Carr is an active member of the College’s Agricultural Mechanics Club, or Ag Club. During the Washington County Fair in September, he was one of 95 club members who donated a combined 1,300 volunteer hours in assisting with the fair.

“He’s got a great attitude and he’s always willing to help,” Agricultural Sciences Division Chair Doug Pierce said. “He’s learning his way.”

Carr was awarded the scholarship for his essay on the book “American History in Black and White,” written by David Barton. The book highlights significant, often untold stories of the religious and moral heritage of many African Americans through the 1900s.

In his essay, Carr wrote, “I need to grow up and make a positive impact on society. If I don’t do anything to help myself, it will be a slap in the face to the people who fought to help people like me.”

It was that paragraph that caught the attention of the Tea Party officials.

“He can change his life through education, he just needs to have the fortitude and the strength, and he has that,” Tea Party Chairman Sandie Kindt said.

Carr said the scholarship will help pay for school fees in the Spring semester.

Blinn’s Division of Agricultural Sciences is one of the fastest growing divisions at Blinn College with almost 800 students currently enrolled – roughly four times the size of any other two-year agricultural program in the state. Blinn offers agriculture classes on all of its campuses, with the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex serving as the program’s hub.

In addition to its excellence in the classroom, Blinn offers extracurricular educational activities in the areas of livestock judging, agriculture club, wildlife, agriculture mechanics, horticulture and agriculture sciences.

For more information on Blinn’s ag sciences program, visit: www.blinn.edu/agriculture.

PHOTO – Blinn College freshman Deonte Carr receives a $500 scholarship from the Washington County Tea Party. Pictured, front row, from left: Ann Brazzel, Tea Party secretary; Deonte Carr; Sandie Kindt, Tea Party chairman. Back row, from left: Jonathan Goodwin, Tea Party member; Doug Pierce, Blinn College Division Chair of Agricultural Science.