Our youth, our future: Garrett Davis

LOST CREEK, W.Va. (WDTV) - Ask anyone who knows 15-year-old Garrett Davis and they'll all say something similar.

Garrett Davis, 15, combines his passion for helping others with his gift of public speaking to make a difference in his community.

"He lifts people up, that's what he enjoys doing. He loves people and he loves life," said Garrett's grandma, Donna Davis.

The high school sophomore has always had a passion for leadership. Last year, he joined the National FFA Organization — a school club formerly known as Future Farmers of America — to further his desire to help others.

"It's really a club that specializes on leadership and helping kids to be good, hardworking adults," Garrett said.

This year, Garrett won a regional FFA public speaking competition. Then, he won at the state level. Next week, he'll travel to Indianapolis for nationals.

"It feels pretty cool to get to go to that," he said.

Through the FFA, Garrett's been able to expand his outreach throughout his community.

"We make blankets for kids in the pediatric unit at Ruby Memorial Hospital, and all kinds of other community projects."

Garrett says being in FFA has taught him a lot about the importance of the agriculture industry.

'We have safer and cheaper food because agriculturists work hard," he said.

With help from his adviser, the straight-A student is working on a needs assessment program that will help bring educational workshops to local farmers.

"That's one thing that I'm able to do at the state level is being able to help farmers out and set up workshops to help them get the required information that they need."

Besides his work with FFA, Garrett is also a leader on his baseball team, his 4-H club, and his church.

"He always gives his best, like 110 percent," said his grandma.

The high schooler speaks at his church, occasionally filling in for his pastor. He says it's his dream to become a minister and that he would possibly like to attend Liberty University after high school.

Garrett says he wants to use his platform to encourage his peers that young people can indeed make a difference.

"People say 'I wish I was like that when I was a kid', so that's why I think it's really good to start [helping] when you're young, because starting young helps you develop into the best person you can be."