Brady High School student, Nicole Nowlin, granddaughter of Kellene Shuffield, won first place in the Future Teachers of American essay competition held Feb. 2 in Austin. Accompanied by sponsors, Karen Andrews and Rita Condron, 10 FTA members attended the convention. The highlight of the convention was the award ceremony where Nicole was pronounced the winner. She read her winning essay before 500 students from across the state. The topic was “Changing the World One Lesson at a Time.” Also competing was Allison Condron, whose poem won first place in district competition in November. The Brady High School chapter of FTA, which is named the Mary Bates Chapter in honor of previous longtime sponsor and retired BHS teacher, also won a Top Project award for its volunteer work at Casa Care as well as family reading night and assisting the Brady Elementary teachers in after school projects. Attending the convention were this year’s district FTA officers, Jacque Skaggs, vice president and Erin Rainey, recording secretary and next year’s vice president. Others attending were next year’s district officers, Maggie Aguero, financial secretary and Nicole Longoria, recording secretary, as well as five members, Kristen Lundgren, Nicole Nowlin, Allison Condron, Amanda Schwert-ner and Erica Paniagua. The Brady FTA organization appreciates the support of Sonic proprietor Javier Paniagua who helped members earn money to attend the convention.