Students from Clemson University’s school of College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences (CAFLS) were awarded scholarships at the annual South Carolina Green Industry Association (SCGIA) Conference Oyster Dinner in January. Two students also gave presentations on their internship experiences.
Clemson students Angel Werth, Seth Hartley and Payton Davis were awarded the scholarships based on their extensive involvement within CAFLS and extracurricular activities. Werth and Hartley, both horticulture majors, were awarded the Gold Award scholarship of $2,000. Davis, plant and environmental sciences major, was awarded the Silver Award scholarship of $1,000.
SCGIA is a statewide, non-profit organization whose goal is to serve its membership by increasing professional knowledge and competence through research, educational programs, scholarships, publications and related activities.
Craig “Tony” Reda, horticulture major, presented on his internship experience with Christian Service Mission where he was responsible for urban garden upkeep and an on-site aquaponics greenhouse.
“We partnered with local churches and gave away all produce or utilized it in our Cooking Well programs, which taught basic cooking skills with a focus on health to lower income residents of Birmingham,” said Reda.
Tricia Sexton, horticulture major, presented on her internship experience as a turf maintenance employee with The Cliffs Golf Club at Keowee Falls in Salem, S.C.
Ellen Vincent, horticulture lecturer in the Plant and Environmental Sciences Department, had praise for the professionalism of the student presentations.
“Tricia Sexton rehearsed extensively on campus prior to her presentation and it showed. She was poised, eloquent and directly engaged the professional audience of 80 people. Tony Reda was a vibrant and passionate presenter; a successful communicator to the supportive green industry audience,” Vincent said.
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