The Texas FFA Association named 10 agriculture students, including one from the Annaville area, as the state's first Ford Leadership Scholars last week.

The Texas FFA Association is an agricultural youth leadership organization that has operated as an integral part of the state's agricultural education curriculum since 1929. The organization now has more than 74,000 members in more than 1,000 high school and middle school campuses.

The Ford Leadership Scholars program provides an intense hands-on leadership development experience through apprentice-type scenarios, interaction with nationally-recognized leaders and projects to be completed by student in their respective communities. The program is funded by an endowment established by the Ford Motor Company and Texas Ford dealers.

The students selected for the inaugural program are:

Brittany Blum- Howe FFA Molly Dutton- Iowa Park FFA Leighton James- Tuloso-Midway FFA Kasey Kram- Weimar FFA Katherine Leggett- Little Cypress-Mauriceville FFA Travis McCubbin- Devine FFA Victoria Pilger- A&M Consolidated FFA Peyton Ricks- Woodville FFA Shelbie Thames- East Central FFA

More than 400 high school juniors applied to be a part of the new program through a process that included an extensive online application, exam over an assigned leadership text, telephone interview and a day-long behavioral interview.