Oakleaf Agriscience Programs
|October 18, 2012||Posted by Arlette under Agriculture, Kids|
By Arlette Roberge and Kelly Mosley
When you open the news clip from Jacksonville’s WJXT Channel 4 News you will be greeted with enthusiastic shouts and applause from players and fans rooting for Oakleaf High’s football team, The Knights. But even if you are not a football fan, stick around for a few minutes and watch the segment about Oakleaf High’s Agriscience program.
Even though this Orange Park program is only in its third year, it is doing amazing things for students and the community. This Florida school was recently honored with the National Chapter Award at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.
And because of the perseverance of Ms. Keri Milligan, the Plant Biotechnology Teacher/FFA Advisor, and her hardworking students, the program continues to expand. When Oakleaf High opened, there were only 24 students enrolled in the Agriscience program. This year, those numbers have increased to 108 students in the high school program and 250 students at Oakleaf Junior High. Both Ms. Milligan and Ms. Laura Hendricks at Oakleaf Junior high make sure they provide integrated academic programs for their students. And both teachers are doing an excellent job!
Both programs appreciate the support they have received from members of their communities who have donated supplies and equipment, sponsored internships programs, participated in career fairs, judged FFA competitions, provided financial sponsorships, and much more! Your time and efforts make all of this possible!