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Phone: (912) 526-6068
Address: 600 Bulldog Road Lyons, Georgia 30436
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Toombs Student Spends Week at UGA
Jackie Swaringim, an up and coming Sophomore at Toombs County High enrolled in Agriculture Education recently attended the Georgia Plant Science Scholars Program at the University of Georgia. The Program is a weeklong residential program for high school students and teachers. GAPSS immersed Jackie in the world of plant science and agricultural science. Jackie explored the wonders of plant science via tours, lectures and hands-on activities.
GAPSS allowed Jackie the opportunity to explore the possibility of plant science as a career choice through lectures, greenhouse tours, laboratory tours, hands on activities and industry tours. Jackie was housed on campus along with chaperones and GAPSS crew leaders.
The days were filled with tours of various plant science oriented research facilities on campus as well as off campus. Jackie visited with faculty, staff and graduate students involved in research at UGA. One day was spent off campus touring customs at the Atlanta International Airport. The evenings were filled with ample time to have fun via movies, trivia contests, meeting new friends and simply visiting the local coffee house.
The week concluded with a luncheon and presentation by students of their posters created about their research for the week. It was an awesome week says Jackie who is applying for a Summer Research Internship for the summer of 2015 at the University of Georgia.
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through Agricultural Education. For more information about Agriculture Education in Toombs County call the local Agriculture Department at 912-526-6068. Agriculture Teachers are Mark Montfort, Joey Montford and Joey O’neal.
PICTURE CAPTION: Jackie Swaringim, Plant Scholar at UGA