Hill Country Christian graduate among top students at Texas A&M

Franklin Linam, 2014 graduate of Hill Country Christian School, received the 2018 Senior Merit Award at Texas A&M University. PHOTO BY EMILY BERGER

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS — Former Hill Country Christian School student Franklin Linam was named one of the top students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.

Linam, a plant and environmental soil science major, received the Senior Merit Award given by the college to its top 30 graduating seniors. Texas A&M University has the largest Agricultural College of its kind in the United States, with more than 6,500 students.

Linam is the son of Gordon and Lee Ann Linam, who both work with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. His parents raised him with plenty of time spent outdoors, which sparked his love for natural sciences.

“My parents have been very supportive,” Linam says. “After coming to Texas A&M and meeting with the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, I really felt like soil science was the thing for me.”

The 2014 Ram was heavily involved with 4-H in high school, participating in a variety of community service projects, as well as revitalizing the horticulture program under the guidance of his parents. His service, research and further experiences with natural sciences have led him to continued education in his pursuit of solving environmental sustainability issues in developing countries.

“I’ve always wanted to do something meaningful with my life and make a big impact,” Linam says. “I realized the best way to do that is to pursue education as far as you can. Even if you worked full-time trying to solve problems, you would never get as far as if you dedicated a lot of time to education first.”

Linam will be graduating in May 2018 with his sights set on a master’s degree in soil chemistry.

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