CLEMSON — It may be the middle of summer, but that didn’t stop 40 high school students from going to class. Many local students took part in the South Carolina Commissioner’s School of Agriculture from July 14-20 at Clemson University.
For the ninth year, high school juniors and seniors attended the Commissioner’s School and learned about careers in agriculture and natural resources. Thirty-five students came from South Carolina. The other five came from Tennessee, Virginia, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina.
Local students participating in this summer’s Commissioner’s School were Christian Burris-Durham of Bennettsville, Rebecca Watson of Chesterfield and Shelby Wayne of McBee.
Hugh Weathers, South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture, said: “The 2012 class is a very outstanding group. Their academic standing indicates that agribusiness is attracting the best and brightest of today’s young people … It’s always rewarding for me as our state’s Commissioner of Agriculture to see these students get excited about agriculture.”
“The week spent in Clemson is used to expose these participants to a variety of academic opportunities as well as multiple career opportunities,” said Katie Black, Coordinator of Student Relations and Recruitment for the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences at Clemson. “We want them to realize the vast diversity of professional careers available to them.”
Students choose academic tracks of interest, and spent time getting some first-hand experience. Among other things, they visited a local peach farm, toured Death Valley and learned about turf-grass management, took part in a stream assessment at Wildcat Creek, and listened to presentations on being a Game Warden and veterinarian school preparation.
Applications for the 2013 Commissioner’s School are released in January. For more information, email Black at firstname.lastname@example.org.