A gentleman and a scholar

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With one hand on the rail and one on the lead rope, a young man helps a fellow FFA competitor lead her animal into the show ring.  The heifer does not want to enter and locks its legs and pulls backwards, but together, the two young adults manage to coax her in.  This is just another day in the life of a young man who has been an instrumental part of the Lindale FFA program for four years.

Dylan Bacon, a senior FFA member,  has been awarded more than 13 scholarships and awards for his leadership, character, and dedication.  However, to the faculty of LHS, he is known as a gentleman who stands out as role model for his peers.

“Dylan is a young man of great integrity and work ethic,” agriculture instructor Rebecca Curry said. “He is a shining example of a student that maintains high moral character with a servant-minded heart.”

Recently, Dylan was awarded a $1000 Built Ford Tough scholarship through the national FFA foundation.  He is also the recipient of an $18,000 Go Texan scholarship as well as the prestigious San Antonio Speaking Contest for $10,000.   In all, Dylan has been awarded more than $40,000 in scholarships,most of which are from his participation in the Lindale FFA program.

Being a member of the FFA means you are the face of the largest youth organization in the nation,” Dylan said. “It means you are dedicated to leadership, agriculture education, and helping your community and country while striving to make the world a better place. Being an FFA member means believing in the future of American agriculture, and working to ensure that it prospers. FFA members care about bettering themselves, each other, and their world. Being a member of the FFA means you are the future.”

Dylan is also a drum major for the award-winning band program, as well as a member of NHS and Student Council.  He was on the “Strike It Rich” clogging team and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. What stand out the most about Dylan, however, is his graciousness and kindness towards others.  He is the first to open a door for someone, and he can always be counted upon to lend a helping hand to those in need.  Because of these unselfish character traits, Dylan is respected by his family and friends.

“I could not ask for a better brother,” Dylan’s sister, Whitney Bacon said.  “He is my biggest fan, as I am his, and he is always protective and supportive of me. He is a special, extremely caring and generous young man, and he goes to great lengths for anyone.  I could not ask for a better person to call my brother.”

Known for his love of the Lindale community, Dylan praises his  teachers for their influence in his life and is thankful for all that he’s received.

 “I must thank my Heavenly Father, first and foremost, for all of the successes, experiences, and joy I have found,” Dylan said.  That being said, I know that He placed some outstanding ag teachers in my life to guide me. I would not be the person I am today if not for their influence, guidance, love, and support. I cannot thank them enough. Without them, it would be impossible for me to succeed. My teachers have supported, encouraged, and guided me.
Lindale High School is proud to have such a wonderful student body and students such as Dylan who represent the best this generation has to offer.
“Dylan is a young man that every campus organization hates to see graduate but every campus is proud to have known, ” Curry said. “[He] has left a legacy of excellence that younger students strive to continue.”