Students honored

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaSeven University of Georgia students in Tifton, Ga., were honoredfor their community work during a national conference inGainesville, Fla., Jan. 12-14.The UGA Tifton ambassadors received the National Award ofExcellence in Service at the 11th annual National AgricultureAmbassador Conference. The students received a plaque and $500.The money will be used to further the ambassador program inTifton, said Donna Webb, UGA Tifton academic program coordinatorand ambassador advisor.”I’m very proud of our ambassadors,” Webb said. “It proves thatno matter how small an organization may be, great things canhappen if everyone works together for the common goal.”The ambassadors are Victoria Wells-Barrett, Chris Tyson, Stephanie Summerlin, Gerome Morgan, Derrick Davis, Blake Branch and Stuart McKinney.They are the official hosts of the UGA Tifton campus, about 180miles south of Atlanta. They were singled out for their overallservice to charitable works in and around Tifton.The group helps with recruitment and coordinates specialcharitable events. Among these were a Relay for Life team and aUnited Way Toys for Tots collection.They also created the “Comforts from Home Campaign.” In thisprogram, they collected items for soldiers serving in Iraq. Theseincluded letters and pictures from elementary school kids.At the conference, the students conducted a workshop, “Have youpaid your rent?” It’s based on the quote, “Service to others isthe rent you pay for your room here on earth,” attributed toboxer Muhammad Ali.More than 400 participants from 45 universities nationwideattended the conference.”The students were able to learn more about the future ofagriculture, strengthen their leadership skills and network withcollege students from across the country,” Webb said.”Being an ambassador has allowed me the opportunity to beinvolved in all facets of the Tifton campus and strengthen myleadership skills,” said Morgan, a junior and president of theTifton ambassador program.David Bridges, UGA assistant dean for the UGA Tifton campus,commended the group.”These students and their advisors quickly adopted thewhatever-it-takes philosophy that has made the UGA Tifton programsuch a success,” he said. “Commitment and hard work have paidoff for these students.”Students in Tifton can get a four-year UGA degree without goingto the university’s Athens campus. The Tifton program began inthe fall 2003. With 57 students now, it has majors in agriscienceand environmental systems and agricultural education.(Brad Haire is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img

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