$3,000 Champion Scholars Award
Callie Welty is the recipient of the $3,000 Champion Scholars award. She currently attends Grandview High School in Grandview, Texas.
Born with hearing loss, Callie discovered a passion for public speaking at just three years of age after being introduced to the hobby by her mom as part of her speech therapy. Throughout high school, Callie has hosted workshops with a mission to help others overcome their fear of public speaking. Callie has also founded her own consultancy firm, Let’s Talk, where she has mentored over 300 young people in the art of presenting.
Beyond winning champion titles for both Texas FFA and Texas 4-H public-speaking competitions, in 2020 she was also elected to a state position on the Texas Junior Brahman Association, an organization of Texas Brahman breeders, as a four-year Board Member, Queen and Reporter. Callie is the Area VIII FFA First Vice President and has also served as a 4-H Texas Livestock Youth Ambassador, District 8 Vice Chairman and was recently elected Johnson County Chairman.
The Champion scholarship will allow her to continue her public speaking mentorship program while in college.
Callie looks forward to studying Agricultural Communications and Journalism at Texas A&M University.
Quote from Callie:
“To go from a severely hearing-impaired baby with an unsure future to a multi-time state public speaking champion was nothing short of a miracle. Throughout my high school years, I have hosted public-speaking workshops to inspire others to overcome their fear of presentations. My consultancy firm is Let’s Talk. To date, I have mentored over 300 young people in public speaking. There is no greater joy than to see one of my speakers be inspired by their own winning performances to deliver the perfect presentation.”