BV’s Howerton honored as ‘Future Man of Distinction’
Kelby Howerton, a 2017 graduate of Berryville High School, was named the 2018 Future Man of Distinction at the John Paul Hammerschmidt Men of Distinction event Tuesday at the L.E. “Gene” Durand Center at North Arkansas College (NAC) in Harrison.
Jim Perry, publisher of the Harrison Daily Times, welcomed guests to the luncheon and explained that the newspaper had begun the Women of Distinction event in 2011 to recognize women in the community who had made a difference and to raise funds for female students to attend NAC.
“After Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt’s death in spring of 2015, we knew it was time to begin the Men of Distinction,” Perry said, “and name it after him.”
He said the first Men of Distinction event was held in October 2015 and provided a scholarship for a male student to attend NAC.
Sen. John Boozman served as the guest speaker for this year’s luncheon.
Dr. Rodney Arnold, vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of the North Arkansas College Foundation, awarded the scholarship for the 2018 Future Man of Distinction.
“As one of the partners of today’s event, thank you all for being here,” he said. “Part of the proceeds from today’s event will be allocated for the scholarship for the coming year. We would also like to thank this year’s Men of Distinction recipients— well earned and well deserved. We’re glad to recognize you guys today.”
The 2018 John Paul Hammerschmidt Men of Distinction are Abe Akel, Craig Campbell, Bob Dodson, Jim Gresham, Dave Morton, Underwood Mitchell and David Underwood.
Arnold said there was a strong pool of applicants for the 2018 Future Man of Distinction scholarship.
“We are really please to recognize Kelby Howerton as this year’s Future Man of Distinction,” he said. “He is a 2017 graduate of Berryville High School and is currently enrolled in the heavy equipment program at NAC.”
There were several things about Howerton that really stood out to the scholarship committee, Arnold said.
“Here he is a recent graduate, and he has started his own construction business,” he said. “He is continuing to learn and develop new skills that will obviously benefit him later with his future career and plans to expand his construction business.”
Arnold continued, “Kelby also helps the family out on their 1,000-acre farm. He has his own herd of livestock himself. In his application, the person who recommended him said he is not afraid to work and has shown the ability to balance and diversify his income by managing his own business and farm operations while attending college.”
He said that professor David Zirkle, construction technology instructor, has said Howerton is “one of the best students to have come through his program.” Arnold said Zirkle describes Howerton as having a positive attitude and willingness to learn.
“He’s always early to class,” Arnold said, “and Zirkle says ‘his work ethic, leadership and moral character were refreshing to say the least and made coming to work to train him a real pleasure.’ ”
Howerton said he was honored to receive the scholarship.
“I was pretty honored. This made me feel special,” he said. “It also made me realize how great my community is.”