Moultrie Observer

Agriculture

February 23, 2012

Horne attends UGA Tour of Biotechnology

MOULTRIE — Elizabeth Rose Horne, a student at Colquitt County High School, attended the Tour of Biotechnology Feb. 10, hosted by University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.

The purpose of the tour was to give students a first-hand view of the University’s research laboratories and to hear from faculty and college students about the many academic and career opportunities available to them.

Students taking part in the tour are all nominees for the Governor’s Honors Program in agriscience. The Governor’s Honors Program is a four-week summer residential instructional program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the school year. Activities are designed to provide each participant with opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to become independent, life-long learners.

The Governor’s Honors Program in agriscience (biotechnology) and agriscience (environmental science) provides experiences for outstanding students in biotechnology for plants, animals, food, and the environment. This program is designed to provide a comprehensive contemporary program of research-based agriscience for the career-bound agriculture student. Students need to understand biotechnology in order to understand the agriculture industry and the products, production, and use.

The nominees were interviewed at the University of Georgia, Feb. 11.  Judges based their selections on a combination of the student’s proven academic ability, resume, portfolio, desire to participate, and their involvement in the FFA and /or other student agriculture related leadership positions.

Students will be notified the first week of April if they are selected to participate in the summer program.

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