Education shoutouts

  • Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 11:58 p.m.
Leslie Brown
Leslie Brown

RCCC student president

SALISBURY — Leslie Brown of Granite Quarry, a college transfer student pursing her associate in science, is the new student government association (SGA) president at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

“We are proud to welcome Leslie as an ex officio member of the college’s Board of Trustees,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.


Brown was introduced as the 2013-14 SGA leader at a recent Board of Trustees meeting. Born in Steubenville, Ohio, Brown relocated to North Carolina in 2001 with an opportunity to manage local restaurants in Salisbury and Concord. With the desire to continue her education and set an example for her teenage children, Brown decided to pursue a degree at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in the spring of 2010.

“As SGA President, one of my focuses for the 2013-2014 academic year will be on the college’s environmental initiatives. I am excited about the college’s efforts to dramatically cut print waste,” said Brown. “This year, I also hope to encourage students to take full advantage of the Academic & Career Advising Center.”

Brown enjoys the atmosphere of a laboratory and discovering new things. Career exploration has led her to the field of microbiology, where she would like to make an impact locally, nationally and globally in the area of parasitology (the study of parasitic infections).

“I believe the student government association can help students feel connected to the college and the greater community, while campus resources assist students in their goal of college completion,” said Brown. “I am looking forward to being the voice for students as Rowan-Cabarrus Community College navigates forward.”

Local FFA member gets national appointment

Beverly Hampton, an FFA member from Mount Ulla, has been selected to serve on the 2013-14 National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador team by the National FFA Organization.

Hampton, 19, underwent specialized training Aug. 5-9 in Greensboro to learn how to best advocate for agriculture and agricultural education throughout the nation. Each ambassador must complete a minimum of 30 hours of presentations to businesses, schools, community groups and more. They will also facilitate seminars and workshops to audiences of all ages interested in learning more about the agriculture industry.

Together, this group of ambassadors help increase public understanding of the food, fiber and natural resources industry; promote awareness of the scientific, economical and mechanical resources needed to produce a safe and reliable food source; increase awareness of career opportunities in the agriculture industry for collegiate students and the general public and help provide growth opportunities in leadership, facilitation and the agricultural industry for the collegiate agriculture ambassador team.

Those selected as ambassadors were chosen in early July after submitting an application to the program and participating in an interview process. Each ambassador will serve a year in their role and receive a $1,000 scholarship for their efforts that can be used toward tuition and other school expenses.

The 2013-14 National Collegiate Ambassador program is sponsored by Syngenta, BASF and Cargill.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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