Hallsville ISD is awarding their 2017 Distinguished Alumnus to Bear Creek Smokehouse Vice President Robbie Shoults.

The award is given every year to recognize a Hallsville High School graduate for exceptional work in their community.

Shoults says he is honored to receive the award and has advice for students.

“Learn the value of work and what it means to work, develop good work ethics now and with that and an education, you can't help but be successful,” Shoults says.

On October 6, Shoults will be honored during this year's all school class reunion.

He says his family has run Bear Creek Smokehouse for five generations now and this award reminds him to keep working hard.