Teachers - with the National FFA Convention coming up, it will be very easy to run out of time to work with your students on completing their Governor's Honors Program nomination form.  If your local GHP coordinator for your school or system has not contacted you or given you an application by now - then please contact them and find out when your local applications are due and ask for a copy of the nomination form.   Most system set the deadline sometime this month since all the applications are due to the state GHP office next month.  


Remember that you can nominate four of your students (two in Agriscience and two in Environmental Science) per high school.  The students nominated must be current 10th or 11th grade students.  Below is more detailed information on the nomination process.  Please take a few minutes to make sure your students have this opportunity.  Please let me know if you have questions.  The students you nominate will go straight to the interview process on Saturday, February 2 in Athens at UGA.  It is the responsibility of the parents to get the students to the interviews.  

Your student should submit the following to have a complete application (all of this is turned in and sent with the nomination form):


1. Nomination form including class ranking for your student - such as 35th out of 125
2. Teacher recommendation form

3. Picture of student attached to the front of nomination form

4. Portfolio - up to 10 pages documenting student activities and achievements in both FFA and other organizations.  This can include pictures, newspaper clippings, copy of certificates and pictures of awards.

5.  Agriscience abstract - this is used to show that the student exhibits skill in scientific writing and communication. Attach a 300 to 500 word abstract of a current or proposed Agriscience research project.  This abstract should describe research of genuine interest to the student and represent research which could feasibly be completed by the student.  (An abstract is a summary of the important points of the current or proposed research.  It should include a title and contain (1) a statement of purpose; (2) why the problem is significant; and, (3) how the problem will be investigated.)
6. Resume - Attach a resume describing activities. List activities in these areas (use these headings): (1) Participation in agricultural education classes; (2)Participation in Agriscience; (3) Participation in FFA and other Agriculture organizations; (4) Participation in other student organizations and community groups; (5) Leadership positions; (6) Academic achievements;(7) Agriculture Supervised Experience Projects.


The Governors Honors Program student nomination forms are now available through your local GHP coordinator.  Every high school can nominate students in four areas: Academic, Fine Arts, Technology/Career Education and Agriculture Education.  We have a separate quota for Ag. Ed.  Four of your students can be nominated per high school.  Two in the area of Agriscience and two in the area of Environmental (forestry, wildlife, natural resources).   Some of the information that your local GHP coordinator might have, will still say three students for Ag. Ed., but you can nominate four students.  They need to be currently in the 10 or 11 grade and should be one of your top students.  If  you do not consider them one of your top students in your program, please do not nominate them.  They should be mature, well rounded and have an A average in your ag. class.  They should also have an A or high B average in science.

Each local system has different deadlines on when the applications are due.  If you have not heard from your local GHP coordinator, please ask them for the nomination forms, the criteria for Ag. Ed. and the date of the local deadline.  Below is a summary of the criteria and other general information.  All students nominated in Ag. Ed. will be interviewed on Saturday, February 2 at UGA in Athens.  It is the responsibility of the student and parents to get them to the interviews.  


Also, we have a great new video on the Agriscience GHP.  Please have any of your students that you are thinking about nominating to review the video.  It features some of the past state FFA Officers who attended GHP.  It can be found at:  http://aged.ces.uga.edu/governors_honors/index.htm  .

Criteria:


Students must be currently in the 10th or 11th grade.  Seniors can not apply.

Have taken or be currently enrolled in an agricultural education course such as forestry, horticulture, agriculture, mechanics, animal science, plant science or agriscience is highly recommended with an awareness and appreciation of biotechnology or forestry science.


Demonstrate knowledge, interest, and aptitude in an agricultural career and the ability to communicate in a variety of formats about the results of experiments, data collection, research, or opinions of agricultural issues.


Attach a current photograph to their application.


Exhibit evidence of high academic proficiency.  An overall GPA of 3.0 is recommended with an A in science courses (or B in honors or AP classes) and an A in agricultural education courses.


Indicate a desire to participate in GHP in Agriscience and Biotechnology.


Exhibit skill in scientific writing and communication. Attach a 300 to 500 word abstract of a current or proposed Agriscience research project.  This abstract should describe research of genuine interest to the student and represent research which could feasibly be completed by the student.  (An abstract is a summary of the important points of the current or proposed research.  It should include a title and contain (1) a statement of purpose; (2) why the problem is significant; and, (3) how the problem will be investigated.)



Blane Marable
North Region Agricultural Education
Georgia FFA Alumni Association
201 Four Towers, University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia  30602
Office phone:  706-542-9793
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Georgia FFA Alumni website:  http://www.FFAalumni.org
National FFA Alumni website:  http://www.FFA.org/alumni.cfm