Brown, a senior at Carlisle County High School, said her role as the Purchase region's chapter president and sentinel of the FFA gives her a chance to develop her leadership skills and learn about one of her favorite subjects, science.
The Cunningham resident acknowledges that there are still some misconceptions about agriculture, particularly the belief that it's a subject only relevant to people in rural areas.
"I think we all should know a little bit about it because if you ask some people they may think that the food they eat actually comes from the grocery (where) they bought it," Brown said. "That's definitely not true. So I think we need to all have an appreciation for farmers and those people who do work like that."
Chaney Brown, daughter of Casey and Tiffany Brown, is the Mid-Continent University Teen of the Week. Each Monday, the Sun features a different MCU Teen of the Week selected from nominees who guidance counselors throughout western Kentucky and southern Illinois submit to the Sun. Mid-Continent University will provide each Teen of the Week with a $2,500 annual scholarship to its university, which is renewable for four years. In the spring, a Teen of the Year will be chosen from the weekly winners. The Teen of the Year is eligible for a full four-year scholarship to Mid-Continent University or a cash award of $2,500, paid through the Paducah Sun, if the student selects another college to attend.
The FFA also gives Brown the opportunity to serve the community she loves. "I definitely have a servant's heart, and I just love to help people. I've been very blessed with what I have, and I think it's important to share that with those that aren't as fortunate," said Brown, who is active in her church, Bethlehem Baptist Church.
"If there's a community service project that comes up, I'm all for it," she said.
A straight-A student who is active in volleyball, cheerleading, and singing, Brown is the definition of well-rounded. But she still finds time to enjoy family and friends.
"My friends and I, we definitely like to just have girls' nights," Brown said.
"We just like to be together, and I think that's the most important," she said.
Call Laurel Black, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 575-8641.
Mid-Continent University Teen of the Week information:
— Nominations are only accepted from guidance counselors.
— If you are interested in the scholarship program, contact your guidance counselor.
— Nominations are reviewed by The Paducah Sun.
— For questions contact Kendra Mitchell at 270-575-8625 or firstname.lastname@example.org.