Pictured: This year's FFA Unsung Heroes are (l-r) Cathy Creech, Dee Dee Arismendez, Homer Godines and Robyn Whitley. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

The local FFA recently announced its selections for this year's Unsung FFA Heroes.

Citizens are nominated based on their drive and ability to go above and beyond their call of duty to FFA.

This year's honorees are Cathy Creech, Homer Godines, Dee Dee Arismendez and Robyn Whitley.

Whitley has been in FFA since she was nine years old. She is now the mother of a one-year-old son. As part of her commitment to FFA, Whitley helps with shearing animals and assists her nieces with their animal projects. Through her years with the organization, Whitley has developed a love of helping others, especially newcomers to FFA.

Whitley's mother, Creech has been involved in the FFA program for 17 years. Her children participated in FFA, including her daughter, Robyn. She now spends a lot of her time helping her grandchildren.

"FFA teaches responsibility and keeps kids of the streets and out of trouble," Creech said. "It is always a good way to earn college money."

Although his kids are no longer in FFA, Homer Godines still helps out wherever he is needed throughout the year. Godines has served in FFA for 18 years, and he also said the program was a great way for students to have fun and earn money for college. Godines said his favorite part is helping first-year participants.

Arismendez has been involved in the organization for five years, and both her children also participate actively in FFA.

"Dee Dee is the one that can always be counted on and her passion for kids is one of the ingredients that makes the program a success," FFA Program Director Raymundo Garza said.

For Arismendez, FFA is a year-round job. From soliciting members to buying animals to taking kids to compete in Houston and San Antonio; Arismendez works tirelessly to ensure the organization runs smoothly.