Our Ambassadors' Adventures

As we told you about last fall, we have created a new program called the AGI Ambassadors. These students participate in a variety of activities: they represent the AGI at recruiting events across the state, they participate in community service projects and social events, and they meet every other week throughout the semester to learn about leadership and service.

2015-2016 AGI Ambassadors at the Senior Celebration with Advisor Alyssa Degreenia, Director Dr. Beth Wilson, and Kayla Howell

The Ambassadors represent the AGI at FFA events, career fairs and Spend-a-Day-at-State days, and some of them even visit high schools in their home towns or counties. Having some of our best and brightest students advocate for our program is a great way to give potential students a real look into what coming to the Ag Institute is all about. The Ambassadors “have been very helpful with recruiting,” says Alyssa Degreenia, advisor for the group, because “they give the student perspective.”

This semester, the Ambassadors also volunteered for the Miracle League of the Triangle, a program that helps children with special needs play baseball. And it isn’t all serious business: the students also went to Skyzone for a night of jumping fun. It was a great team-building activity, and students had a wonderful time.

Senior Ambassadors Roman Lawrence (left) and Jared Parks

Photo credit: Kenneth Martin

Two current Ambassadors, Roman Lawrence and Jared Parks, are graduating this semester, and both have chosen to continue their education here at NC State. Roman will major in Poultry Science, and Jared will be majoring in Ag Education. Jared says that the Ambassadors program gives students the “opportunity to serve the Ag Institute”, including “fellow students as well as the professors who put their time and efforts into their students.”

These two will be our first AGI Ambassadors alumni, and we look forward to inviting them back next year to mentor future Ambassadors. We couldn’t be more proud of them!

Contributors: Ashley Burns, Alyssa Degreenia, Kayla Howell