Maggie Louise Brakeville
Hi my name is Maggie Louise Brakeville. My hometown is Benton, Louisiana, and I graduated from Benton High School in 2011. I am currently a senior here at Louisiana Tech studying Agricultural Business with minors in Business Administration and Plant Science. I am a member of Block and Bridle, the Pre-Vet Club, Alpha Zeta Honor Society, Student Technology Fee Board, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Society, Tech Leadership Council, and the Student Government Association where I serve as Student Body Vice President. I worked for the Louisiana Tech Football team with two seasons focused in sports medicine and a season in sports properties. I have plans to continue at Louisiana Tech and purse a MBA after the finishing my bachelor’s degree. It has been an honor to be selected as Agricultural Business student of the year, and I cannot wait to share my love of this department with others around the university and community.
My family is the greatest mentors in my life. They have stood behind me from the beginning and will be there until the end. My parents, Charles and Sara “Cissy” Brakeville, are my rock. They have embraced every crazy idea and last minute decision I have had through the years. I would not be able to be the person I am today without them. My big sister, Sara “Beth” Brakeville, is my biggest cheerleader. She has looked over me my whole life and been a great person to look up to. I would like to also mention my grandparents, Charlie and Sally Brakeville and Marion Dale Peace. These three individuals have also supported me and been huge role models in my life. I would like to think my family for everything they have done for me in helping me become the person I am today.
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
- William Shakespeare
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.” - Les Brown
My name is Denise Bowe, and I am a senior at Louisiana Tech University majoring in Agricultural Business with a concentration in Plant Science. I am the daughter of William and Doris Bowe, and I have two younger sisters, Sierra and Logan. I am from Bastrop, Louisiana where I graduated from Bastrop High School in 2011. I chose Louisiana Tech because of its rich academic tradition and the small-town feel of Ruston. When I entered Louisiana Tech as a freshman, my major was Animal Science with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary Medicine, but I soon realized that this major was not my true passion. I grew up on a farm and have always enjoyed working with and learning about plants. I changed my major to Agricultural Business with a concentration in Plant Science, and after taking a couple of plant science courses, I realized I had made the right choice. After graduation, I would like to acquire and expand our family farm. I would like to add greenhouses to grow and sell fruits, vegetables, and flowers year round as well as develop a landscaping business.
My family has always been a driving force in my life, and I want to thank them for all of their unconditional love and support. At times, when I thought I could not keep going, they kept pushing me and telling me that I could. A good family friend, Mrs. Susie Winnon, also influenced me in many ways. She always said to do what made me happy and not to worry about what other people felt that I should do with my life. I would also like to thank Dr. Paul Jackson for his direction and influence in helping me reignite my love for plants.
“It’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you; it’s what you leave behind you when you’re gone.” –Randy Travis
Sarah Catherine Cook
My name is Sarah Catherine Cook. I am the daughter of Clay and Rebecca Cook as well as a native of Alexandria, Louisiana. I am currently a junior here at Louisiana Tech University majoring in Animal Science with a Pre-Veterinarian focus. During my study at Louisiana Tech I have been involved in several clubs and activities including: Alpha Zeta Honors Fraternity, Pre-Vet Club, Block and Bridle Club, South Campus Bible Study, Agriculture Ambassadors, President’s Student Advisory Council, ANS Day Committee, and the Mascot Care Team. I have recently applied to LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and hope to continue education there in the fall. I could not have selected a better school or program for my preparation for veterinary school. Though the courses taken were rigorous I had a great family behind me along the way; not just biological but also my agriculture family here at Louisiana Tech South Campus!
Throughout my childhood and even today I consider my older sister, Laura, my role model. She has excelled academically while maintaining a strong relationship with the Lord, of which I have great admiration. My entire family has supported my academic career and for that I am very grateful. In my preparation for vet school, two of the most influential people are Dr. Green and Dr. Murphey. They have given encouragement during the struggles and a laugh when I needed it the most. For their willingness and dedication towards my future, I am and will always be greatly appreciative.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.--- Jeremiah 29:11
I was born and raised on Bayou Lafourche, so coming to Ruston to attend Louisiana Tech University was a bit of culture shock for me. New sayings like “cut off the lights,” and things like cold weather took some getting used to, but I knew I made the right choice the first day I attended a class on south campus. The staff were friendly and welcoming and the students eager to learn. I had heard that LA Tech had an excellent agriculture science program, and I was not disappointed. Studying four years of Agriculture Education, I was able to be a part of main campus as well as a member of the south campus family. Besides academic study, I became involved with several campus organizations including Union Board, Student Recruiters, and Ag Ambassadors.
Though graduating is a great achievement in my life, I cannot help but feel a tinge of sadness as I am about to leave my college family behind and embrace the world of responsibilities like actually having to understand the health insurance policy known as Obama Care. I am not entirely sure what the future holds for me. Perhaps I will teach, or I may attend grad school, but I do know that the LA Tech agriculture science department was able to both ease my college experience and also challenge my academic skills. Though I do not know what my next step in life will be, I do know that my experience for LA Tech will certainly be beneficial to my upcoming career.
LA Tech has blessed me by providing me with the great influence of many wise and trustworthy individuals. Perhaps the most influential person to helping me complete my degree would be my advisor Track Kavanaugh. Since my first class to my last, Track has always been encouraging and helpful. Though he may not always use the most conventional methods, I never left an encounter with Track without feeling like I would succeed. I one day hope to be as good a man as Track Kavanaugh.
“How did it get so late so soon?”
― Dr. Seuss
My name is Tyler Horton, I am currently a senior studying Animal Science with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. I was raised in Quitman, LA where my parents Ronald and Joan Horton reside. Following graduation, my wife, Lauren and I plan on moving to attend veterinary medical school at either Auburn or LSU. I currently work at The Prescription Shoppe Pharmacy and L & L Catering. I am involved in Calvary Baptist Church, South Campus Bible Study, and the Baptist College Ministry. I enjoy hunting, fishing, and working on my wife's family farm.
My family is my greatest support system. I am thankful for their dedication and faithfulness. My wife and I are blessed with a loving and caring family from both sides.
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters." Colossians 3:23