Some students play basketball, baseball or football, but students in the Hall County agriculture programs have an opportunity to compete in a different kind of high school competition.
The North Hall High School FFA program gives students learning opportunities in animal sciences, agriculture and horticulture, according to North Hall agriculture teacher Mitch Davis. In the program, 11 students participate in dairy cattle exhibition, which allows them to work with 12 dairy heifers on a farm in Hall County daily.
They are responsible for a variety of farm chores, including cleaning stalls, feeding, giving vaccinations, trimming hair, training calves and more.
Last month, the school’s FFA students competed in the White County Snow Flurries winter dairy show against 150 other exhibitors, and students Emily Lance and Andrew Cape came in first and second place, respectively, in senior showmanship.
Showmanship is a portion of the competition in which the judges evaluate how the students prepared their animal, including hair clipping, cleanliness and demeanor in the ring. The winners are regarded as the top showmen at the event.
“The program is designed to build relationships with local farmers and also teach students commitment and hard work,” Davis said. “Students are encouraged to be actively involved in the industry by learning everything they can about both showing the animals, judging the animals, milk production, dairy product production and marketing of dairy products. We have been truly successful on all fronts and have seen great success in only our second year. I have never seen a group put in more hours than these students.”
The team will also compete in the state livestock show Feb. 19-21 in Perry.
UNG offering dual-enrollment summer language program
This year, the University of North Georgia will offer not only the only summer dual-enrollment program for high school students in Georgia, but the program will include study abroad opportunities.
The university’s Summer Accel Language Institute will run June 21 to July 30 and allow students to live in residence halls on the Dahlonega campus and study Arabic, Chinese, Korean or Russian.
Students can also apply for the German program, which will run July 5-24 and allow students to live with a host family in Berlin. The program is an addition to the university’s Federal Service Language Academy.
Both programs allow students to earn college or high school credits and are open to rising juniors or seniors.
For applications and information on costs of the Accel program, go to http://ung.edu/undergrad/summerAccel.
Applications and other details regarding the Berlin trip are available at http://ung.edu/global-engagement/fsla/fsla-berlin.php.
Three high school enterprises receive national certification
The Oaks at Lanier Charter Career Academy and Flowery Branch High School both have new feathers to put in their caps.
Lanier Charter Career Academy recently received DECA Gold-Level Certification for Get Gifted and Design 360, two school-based enterprises. Flowery Branch also received gold-level certification for its Corner Café.
Lanier Charter Career Academy student interns Gabrielle Smith and Melanie Zuluaga worked on the certification manuals with their advisers Joni Cochran and Mary Warren.
Flowery Branch students Kimberly Nguyen and Makenna Murphy completed their manual with the help of adviser Carol Summer.
They will all be recognized at a conference in Orlando, Fla., at the end of April, where they will also be competing in the SBE Academy Competition for additional awards.
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