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Jackson has high leadership goal

By JASON MORROW jmorrow@paducahsun.com

Evan Jackson knows what he wants to do with his life all the way to the year 2044.

After a career as a lawyer and then a Kentucky politician, he wants to run for president of the United States.

"My mom always told me that I was going to be a leader in whatever I do," Jackson said.

He hasn't always seen that in himself. He didn't have a passion for leadership roles until he joined Future Farmers of America.

"After I was in FFA for a while, I saw it in myself and just ran with it," he said.

A senior at Hickman County High School with a 3.7 grade-point average, Jackson has proven to be a leader in almost everything he does. He is the vice president of the Hickman County chapter of FFA, the Purchase regional treasurer and is currently running for state office in the FFA.

He is also a Murray State FFA regional all-star, for which he has received a scholarship to the university. He hopes to go to Murray State to study agricultural science before moving on to the University of Kentucky law school.

Jackson, the son of Scott and Rachael Grubbs, is The Sun's latest Teen of the Week. Each Monday, The Sun features a student selected from nominees submitted by high school counselors in western Kentucky and southern Illinois. This spring, a Teen of the Year will be chosen from the weekly winners and receive a $2,500 scholarship.

Jackson knows there is a lot of work to do between now and 2044. He likes to live in the moment and concentrate on his current leadership roles.

"I like to take a hold of the opportunity," he said. "If you don't grab an opportunity, somebody else is going to and you won't be able to get it."

For the last few years he has spent a lot of his time working on a cattle farm in Hickman County.

"It's never the same thing," he said. "One day you could be working with cattle in 10-degree weather or you could be cutting hay in the middle of the summer."

Farming has helped foster his love for FFA.

"I love FFA because it doesn't matter what your last name is, how much money you have, where you come from or how big a house you live in," he said. "FFA takes people that they know will change the organization. It's not about you, it's about what you can do to better other people."

Part of his love for leadership is helping other people have a voice. That's what he hopes to do for the rest of his life.

"I feel like I can change things," he said. "The ideas that I have and the ideas I can bring can change things for the better."

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