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Agriculture Discovery summer program ends

Published: 06/18/14 2:13PM
By: booner

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Students participating in the 2014 Ag Discovery Program pose for a photo with Dr. George McCommon, (back row, second left,) interim department head for veterinary science and public health at Fort Valley State University along with FVSU student assistants, faculty and staff at the Wildcat Commons Club House June 13.

A select group of high school students from across the United States briefly called Fort Valley State University home June 2-13. The 13 selected students participated in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Ag Discovery Program.

Funded by the USDA Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS), the focus of Ag Discovery is to attract high school students to the field of agriculture. Dr. George McCommon, FVSU’s interim department head for veterinary science and public health supervised this year’s program. McCommon said students were motivated, hardworking and impressed with FVSU.

During their two week stay, the students gained experience by assisting with horse surgeries and setting up fish tanks. They also visited the Georgia Aquarium, the U.S. Customs Service at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta and Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta.

N’Yirah Renfroe, a rising high school senior from Macon, said she plans to enroll at FVSU in the fall of 2015. N’Yirah, who wants to pursue a degree in veterinary technology, said she always wanted to work with animals, and the Ag Discovery program exposed her to the responsibilities associated with veterinary technology.

To be selected for the program, students had to complete a two-page essay and submit three letters of recommendation to their school of choice. FVSU received 32 applications and accepted 13. The university is one of 17 institutions in the U.S serving as an Ag Discovery site. For more information about Ag Discovery, contact McCommon at 478-825-2424 or mccommong@fvsu.edu.