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My daughter, Anna Grace Cross, is a senior on the Governor’s School of Agriculture at John de la Howe in McCormick. This is her second yr attending the college and she or he might be half of the primary graduating class.

She completed tenth grade at Clinton High School and determined to pursue her training and comply with her love of agriculture. This shouldn’t be your typical high faculty and gives so many nice alternatives for these college students that they usually wouldn’t get. Some of the scholars are attending the National FFA conference the place the AG mechanics CDE group simply received bronze. The Wildlife CDE group additionally received bronze degree in Natural Environmental and Natural Resources.

I had some mother and father to say two years in the past once we determined that AG would attend this faculty that she goes to overlook out on high faculty stuff. That’s the exact opposite. They are having a category ring ceremony, promenade, commencement this yr, spirit week was throughout FFA week with all types of enjoyable actions and dress-up days and, did I point out, a standard faculty yr. They can play sports activities for McCormick High School or take part at school sports activities like shotgun group, discipline trial group and a spread of golf equipment. They also have a yearbook. The college students have attended rabbit, beef and dairy cattle, horse and even pig reveals all through the state.

They have come residence with many ribbons, banners, scholarships and even first locations. This might not look like a lot however all the things has been shut down and digital so the scholars haven’t had the chance to do this stuff although they’ve been working and learning about their animals. It’s so cool when they’re learning animals. The college students can go on the property and apply on the animals.

The horticulture program has actually taken off this yr and even offered the cafeteria with broccoli, lettuce and different greens they grew proper on faculty grounds. The college students get loads of hands-on experiences, whether or not it’s the farm tools, meals plots, forestry, wildlife, horticulture. The forestry and wildlife lessons work carefully with the DNR. Students additionally take part in neighborhood involvement and volunteer on the McCormick County animal shelter, supporting McCormick County sheriff’s division, serving to aged members in the neighborhood and being a bunch for native faculty to take farm discipline journeys. The faculty has even hosted two Halloween festivals for the youngsters in the neighborhood to take pleasure in and hosted two plant gross sales in fall and spring. Lots of recollections have been made on bonfire night time the place college students sing and play guitars like their very personal live performance, karaoke nights and even recreation nights. There is one thing for everybody.

Even although the college’s first yr was throughout a nationwide pandemic, these college students have had a standard faculty yr and I’m so grateful for that. The faculty gives a lot.

Make an appointment and go test the campus out. The college and workers are like your loved ones and make you are feeling welcomed. The lecturers actually care about their college students and keep after faculty to assist tutor or reply questions. We have some of the very best agriculture lecturers within the state. Everyone, from School Resource Officer to safety guards, RAs, farm workers, administration and lecturers all watch after your children, make you are feeling welcomed and deal with your child as if it was their very own child. This means loads to a guardian, particularly along with your baby residing on campus.

These college students and workers are making historical past in the future at a time. These are our future agricultural leaders.