Agriscience Education program hosts 1,000 high school students for judging clinics

March 20, 2019

Aubie wearing an Alabama FFA jacketThe College of Education’s Agriscience Education program, in partnership with the College of Agriculture, recently hosted 1,000 high school students from across the state for a two-day judging clinic workshop. The event was hosted by Agriscience Education professors Jimmy Lindner and Christopher Clemons. Doctoral student Meredith Hall provided event-by-event management for the large and active crowd of students and their teachers.

“This is a two-day event with 500 students per day, and they are coming to Auburn from all across the state,” Hall said. “We have students from as far south as Foley and Gulf Shores, all the way up to the Tennessee Valley. They are learning to succeed in a variety of judging clinics all across campus. We are also fortunate to have eleven faculty members from the College of Agriculture doing the actual instruction at the clinics, and they are really good. The students love them.”

There were six separate clinics in the morning session, with another half-dozen coming in the afternoon following a catered barbecue lunch for 500. The morning clinics included dairy, forestry, livestock 1, meats, nursery/landscape, and land judging. The afternoon clinics focused on floriculture, horse, livestock 2, poultry, Ag Ed, and aquaculture.

“In spite of periods of rain, everyone is happy to be here and there a great vibe throughout the events,” Hall said. “These students are actually the best of the best. They were the ones selected by their Agriscience teachers to represent their schools. What they learn here will help them excel in their district and state competitions, as well as help them in their careers.”

Jimmy Lindner, in welcoming the crowd, started off with a big “War Eagle!” but went on to name every college and university in Alabama.

“We are glad to have you here in Auburn, but what we really want is to have you learn and succeed and go on to college and take what you know and share it with other students like yourselves. What you do here today will help you do that.”

In addition to the good food and outstanding instruction, one of the students even provided live music during lunch. David Martin from Daleville sang and played electric guitar for the crowd.

“I’m originally from Mississippi so I can’t really get away from the blues,” he said with a laugh. “But seriously, this is a great event and I am just happy to play a small part in the big picture. The campus is beautiful and the professors are outstanding. I just wish every Ag Ed student in the state could be here.”