At home behind the books & on the farm
by Jason Collins
May 02, 2009 | 766 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At home behind the books & on the farm
Stacey Rossow is comfortable studying hard or relaxing on the farm. Here, she sits with her dog, Roxy.
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Glancing at her resumé, Stacey Rossow looks like just another over-achieving Beeville high school student.

• Member of the A.C. Jones High School band

• Editor with the A.C. Jones Key Club

• National Honor Society member.

But there is more to her than just clubs and awards.

“I am really involved in my church,” she said. “Every Sunday morning I play my saxophone in church.”

She baby-sits for extra money during the year, and was hired by Matt Huie and other farmers to help bring in the harvest.

“I was driving the tractor with the grain buggy. Not everybody gets a chance to do it,” she said. “It is something I can say that I have done.”

Yeah, it is work, but for Stacey, it is relaxing.

“She is my niece so I have an extra special opinion,” said Mark Sugarek, who hires Stacey to help bring in the harvest. “Our whole family is so tickled to death for here. She is a just a wonderful young lady who is eager and able to help with whatever needs to be done on the farm or around the house.

“She helps with the harvest. That is during the summertime when school is out. Those are long hard hours.”

Her work on the farm also might have helped get her the $30,000 Joe Barnhart Scholarship.

“One of the judges said she had grown up on the farm and we would have to talk tractor driving,” she said.

On Friday of last week, Stacey was announced as the winner of the prestigious local scholarship.

“I have gotten many congratulations. I have said ‘Thank you’ a whole bunch of times,” she said. “It is a really good honor.”

As a junior at Jones High, Stacey hasn’t applied for other scholarships yet, but she hopes to earn a few more before heading to Texas A&M in a couple of years.

“I want to be a physician’s assistant,” she said. “The other thing I was thinking about was a physical therapist.

“I like helping people...

“Doctors have a whole bunch of paperwork. A physician’s assistant has more interaction with people.”

Jones High band director Chuck Knowlton described Stacey as a student who has worked hard to learn the alto saxophone through the years and it shows.

“When she was in sixth and seventh grades, we did some extensive instruction,” he said. “She basically needs little instruction now.”

Along with being in the marching band, Stacey also plays in church.

“She is just a great kid, well rounded,” he said. “Band is not the only thing she does, but she does it very well.”

Mike Bryant, youth pastor at the First Baptist Church, said that he appreciates teens like Stacey playing during the service.

“There are so many students who think they can’t give back until they are adults,” he said.

Bryant, who is relatively new to the church, echoed the sentiments of the others who know Stacey.

“She seems like she is a great student, a great person and has a great heart.”
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