(From left) Dr. Curtis Borne, Fort Valley State University professor of agricultural education, shakes the hand of Tommell Wilcox, a junior agricultural education major, for earning the Ira Hicks Outstanding Agricultural Education award at the Agri-Demic Forum April 30.
Fort Valley State University students majoring in agricultural disciplines walked the “Red Carpet” during the annual Agri-Demic Forum April 30 at the Pettigrew Center.
More than 75 faculty, staff, parents, guests and students attended the event that serves as an opportunity to acknowledge students, faculty and staff in the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology for their achievements.
Joy Moten-Thomas, assistant administrator of community development and outreach for FVSU’s Cooperative Extension Program served as the keynote speaker. During her presentation, Moten-Thomas talked about the history and purpose of land-grant institutions such as FVSU. She also briefly discussed the history behind the names of FVSU’s agriculture buildings located on campus.
She closed her speech by thanking students for choosing FVSU to pursue their undergraduate studies. Moten-Thomas also encouraged students to continue their studies by earning graduate degrees, and strive to make a positive impact in society with their knowledge.
After Moten-Thomas’ remarks, Tommell Wilcox, a junior agricultural education major, received the Ira Hicks Outstanding Agricultural Education Award. Criteria for the award is based on grade point average (GPA), scores on the Teachers Certification Test, and participation with the Future Farmers of America. The Lumber City native said it was a proud moment in his life to win the award. “Work hard, always be true and sincere in what you do and don’t do it for show. As long as you put your best foot forward, people will recognize that and select you,” Wilcox said.
Dr. Mark Latimore Jr., FVSU’s extension administrator, thanked the students for their efforts and said they hold the key for helping feed the world’s population in the future.