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Student Perspectives: Agriculture is my Passion

Agriculture is my PassionRecently, Gabrielle Morris, a student at Parkside High School in Wicomico County, was selected as a 2015 delegate to Global Youth Institute of the World Food Prize. Gabby will represent the State of Maryland in October as a participant in this three-day Global Youth Institute hosted by the World Food Prize. Gabby’s nomination paper is entitled “Climate Change/Jamaica- Impact and Solutions.”

Gabby is the second Parkside CTE Horticulture student to be selected to this prestigious global institute. Brian Colliton, Parkside Senior, was the first delegate from the State of Maryland in 2014.

Approximately 200 high school students from the United States and other countries are selected to participate in the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute. Gabby will present her findings with a “faculty panel” of international experts and other students.  Youth Institute students, tour cutting-edge industrial and research facilities, and take part in discussions with global leaders in science, industry and policy.

The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food.

Says Gabby:

“Participating in the horticulture program has changed my entire outlook on the future. I would have never thought about a career in agriculture. In the beginning, I thought agriculture was all about farming, but it’s so much more. Agriculture is my passion.

I’m very excited about attending the Global Youth Institute. I’m proud to represent Parkside and all those who have encouraged me. I’m excited and somewhat anxious to present my paper to such distinguished professionals.”