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Agri-Demic Forum Awards Dinner honors students’ achievements

Published: 04/30/14 4:49PM
By: booner

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(Left to right) Dr. Curtis Borne, a Fort Valley State University professor of agricultural education, congratulates Joseph Nesbit, a senior agricultural education major, for earning the Ira Hicks Outstanding Agricultural Education Award during the Agri-Demic Forum Awards Dinner April 24.

Fort Valley State University conducted its “Academy Awards” for students majoring in agricultural disciplines at the annual Agri-Demic Forum Awards Dinner April 24. More than 80 faculty, staff, parents and students attended the ceremony held in the Pettigrew Center.

The event is an opportunity for the faculty and staff members representing the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology to honor students’ academic achievements. Tyrone Bacon, a 1995 FVSU agricultural education graduate, served as the guest speaker. Bacon, who is the director of school operations for the Twiggs County School District, said he was ecstatic about the opportunity to return to his alma mater and speak to students majoring in agriculture.

After Bacon’s speech, Joseph Nesbit, a senior agricultural education major, received the Ira Hicks Outstanding Agricultural Education Award. The award is earned by an agricultural education major based on grade point average (GPA), scores on the Teacher Certification Test and participation in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) organization. “To have an opportunity to receive this award is overwhelming,” Nesbit said. The Greensboro native also said it was an honor to receive the award as a graduating senior.

Dr. Mark Latimore Jr., interim dean of the College of Agriculture, praised the students for their academic achievements. For more information about the Agri-Demic Forum, contact Dr. James E. Brown at 478-825-6262 or send an e-mail to brownj01@fvsu.edu.