Ag Science Department Award Winners
Outstanding Senior Awards
James Travis Avent
Travis Avent is a senior in Agricultural Mechanization and Business from Cameron, South Carolina. He has a strong leadership and service record with the Ag. Mech. Club, where he currently serves as president. Among other agriculture related experience, Travis previously held a position as a precision agriculture intern at the Edisto REC, where he worked closely with various precision ag technologies and practices. Academically, he has been on the President’s or Dean’s list every semester since coming to Clemson.
Brooke Feder is a senior Agricultural Education major also pursuing a minor in Horticulture. Brooke conducted her student teaching at Loris High School and will graduate in May 2020. Her career objective is to share her passion for agricultural literacy and experiential learning to become an effective agricultural education teacher. She has served as the SC FFA Association National Officer Candidate, State Vice President and is a recipient of the American FFA Degree. Brooke has also engaged in several experiential learning programs as a Native Heritage Trail Worker at the SC Botanical Garden, a Camp Counselor at the SC FFA Leadership Center and as an International Horticulture Intern at the Claude Monet House and Gardens. While living in Giverny, France during the internship Brooke gained extensive horticultural knowledge in the famed garden while also learning the basics of the French language. Brooke is an author on three publications which include two Clemson Extension Home Garden Information Center Tree Species Fact Sheets and a featured student editorial in the SC Nurseryman’s Magazine (2016). Brooke exemplifies characteristics of excellence in effective teaching, scholarship and leadership.
Robert Carter Jay
Carter is an Agribusiness major, Finance minor student from Grenville, SC. His academic success has been recognized with several competitive awards and scholarships including being the recipient of: i) the Stackey-Ritchie Endowment Agricultural Scholarship, ii) of the Jeremiah Milbank Senior Memorial Scholarship, and iii) of the AgSouth Farm Credit Scholarship. Carter has also been named 2 times in the President list and three times in the Dean’s list. Besides excelling in the classroom, Carter has been very active with leadership and extracurricular activities. He currently serves as the Secretary of Clemson’s Agribusiness Association, and the Vice President of the student section of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (national Agricultural Economics Association). He is also a member of Clemson’s Academic Bowl team and has represented the program in two competitions, performing extremely well. Starting the Fall of 2020 Carter will join the APEC graduate program.
Nicole Bridges is a senior in Agricultural Mechanization and Business from Thomson, Georgia. She is very active outside the classroom as the former secretary of the Ag. Mech. Club, a member of the Agricultural Business Club, and a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Nicole is minoring in Agricultural Business Management, and her excellent work ethic shows up in her impressive academic record with numerous appearances on the President’s list. After graduation Nicole plans to go to graduate school at the University of Georgia
Grant graduated as an Agricultural Education major in December of 2019. He was actively involved in many aspects of the Agricultural Education Program and especially helpful in planning and preparing for the AGED programs’ 100th anniversary celebration. He received the James H. Talbert Memorial Award for outstanding AGED student in the Spring of 2018. He served as a Camp Counselor at the SC FFA Leadership Center and provided mentorship and training for youth. Grant completed his student teaching in the Spring of 2019 at Seneca High School and is now a “first-year” agricultural education teacher at Carver’s Bay High School in Hemingway, Georgetown County, South Carolina. Grant now shares his passion for agriculture by teaching his students in the classroom, laboratory, through engagement in Supervised Agricultural Education experiences and participation in the FFA student organization.
Addie is a senior Agribusiness major, Spanish minor student from Dallas, Texas. Addie is the first Agribusiness student, over the last few years, with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Her academic accomplishments have been recognized with numerous awards. Addie has been named in President’s list every semester since the Fall of 2016, she won the Blue Key award, she is a scholarship recipient of the Southern Produce Council and has been two times the recipient of the academic achievement award from the Agribusiness Association. Besides her impeccable academic record, Addie has been very active regarding extracurricular and leadership activities. She has served as the president and treasurer of the Agribusiness Association, served as the PR chair for the Student Section of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (national Agricultural Economics Association), among others. Addie has also been two times on the team that won the Southern Agricultural Economics Association Academic Bowl competition and one time on the team that finished 4th on the national Agricultural Economics Academic Bowl. During the last year Addie is the coach of Clemson’s Agribusiness quiz bowl team. Addie was also a member of the team that won the 2019 Cultivate CAFLS competition.
To extend her academic horizons she has attended several conferences during her 4 years at Clemson, including the Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference, and studied abroad in Australia. Addie’s passion about the Agricultural industry is clear to anyone who has interacted with her and can be further illustrated from her TEDx talk in March of 2019, in front of an audience of more than 100 people.
J. S. Lytle Memorial Graduate Student Award
Tanner holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Clemson Agribusiness program and is in his first year in the APEC graduate program. Tanner currently serves as a TA for AGRB 3080 and AGRB 4080 classes. His research will focus on Economic analysis of sustainable agricultural practices for fresh tomato productions in SC and GA.
Sara Ann Comer Memorial Award
Jessie is a Junior Agricultural Education Major. She is actively involved in several activities including providing leadership as the 2018-2019 South Carolina FFA Association Vice President serving as Reporter. She is a member of the Clemson Collegiate FFA Chapter, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Agriculture Mechanization Club and the York County Cattlemen’s Association. She has worked as a Student Assistant in the Bookhart Student Services Center and has conducted and presented undergraduate research at the CAFLS Research Symposium. Her research topic focused on “Assessing Willingness and Use of Available Services for Early Intervention and Prevention of Psychological Distress in Farm Workers by South Carolina Agricultural Educators”. Her research was also accepted through a National peer review process to be presented at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Conference in June of 2020. Jessie aspires to be a secondary Agricultural Educator where she can apply her knowledge and technical skills to help support students to grow and succeed.
Dr. Curtis D. White and Eartha L. White Annual Award
Christle is a Junior Agricultural Education Major in the teaching emphasis area. In addition to her academics, Christle is actively involved in many leadership activities. She currently serves as the 2019-2020 Clemson Collegiate FFA Chapter President and is a South Carolina Farm Bureau Youth Ambassador. She also previously served as the 2017-2018 South Carolina FFA Association Vice President. Christle works as a Teach AG intern to assist with the South Carolina STAR state “Teach AG Campaign” strategies and projects. She has developed communication tools and designed graphic products used for outreach and teaching high school students how to become aware of the many resources and opportunities available to them to teach agricultural education throughout the state and nation.
James H. Talbert Memorial Award
Mariah is a Junior Agricultural Education Major in the teaching emphasis area and is also seeking a minor in Horticulture. She is an active member of the Clemson Collegiate FFA, served as the 2018-2019 South Carolina FFA Association State Secretary and was the spring 2018 recipient of the Sara Ann Comer Memorial Award. In addition to her academic excellence and leadership activities, Mariah works as a Teach AG intern to assist with the South Carolina STAR state “Teach AG Campaign” strategies and projects. Based on her work sponsored by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) STAR grant and from a Clemson UPIC internship, Mariah also conducted undergraduate research sponsored by the CAFLS Undergraduate Research Initiative this spring. Her research focused on “Promotion for the Career of Agricultural Education Teachers”. Her efforts, ideas and innovative research will continue to help recruit the next generation of agricultural educators.
Clark Lindsay McCaslan Award
Bennett Bucher is a senior in Agricultural Mechanization and Business from Mt Pleasant, South Carolina. With his 4.0 GPA he has the highest GPA of any senior in the major. Additionally, he is one of the Ag. Mech. students to join the Clemson Agribusiness Quiz Bowl Team.
Maryann Shelley Lovern
Shelley Lovern is a junior in Agricultural Mechanization and Business from FT. Lawn, SC. She stands out academically, maintaining a 4.0 GPA and has received six different scholarships. Shelley is very active outside the classroom as an active member of Block and Bridle, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and the Ag. Mech. club. Additionally, she recently joined the Clemson Agribusiness Quiz Bowl Team.
Phi Kappa Phi Award
Joey McCannon is a senior Agricultural Education major also pursuing a minor in Horticulture. His very impressive academic achievements have landed him on the Dean’s/President’s list six semesters. He conducted his student teaching experience at Franklin County High School in Georgia. Joey has served in several leadership roles as the SC State Association Secretary, an Ambassador for Agriculture Future of America (AFA) at the University and National levels, where he attended two national conferences as a Clemson University representative. Joey also served as a Counselor for the SC Commissioner’s School for Agriculture where he was a group leader and facilitated learning for a diverse group of students. In addition to his strong academic record and leadership experience, Joey has also conducted an extension internship in the on-campus Cooperative Extension Office at Clemson University. He collaborated with the Office of the Director on the Lever Hall of Fame Ceremony and planned the Ag Days event at the Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of SC. Joey serves on the Pendleton Farmer Society, received his American FFA Degree and had been an active member of the Clemson Collegiate FFA. Joey is well-known in CAFLS and serves as a mentor to incoming students in the Agricultural Education major. There are few events that Joey has not been involved to show support, lend a hand, provide leadership or actively be engaged. Joey’s numerous accomplishments provide evidence that he is very worthy of the Phi Kappa Phi Award of Merit.