Suc­cess grow­ing for ag pro­gram

Vader-Ann gets a help­ing hand to fur­ther her ed­u­ca­tion

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JODIE DIXON

OVER the past year Childers had been di­vided over a par­cel of land oc­cu­pied by the High School Agriculture pro­gram.

The fi­nal de­ci­sion made at the end of 2015 may have been a bit­ter pill to swal­low for many but the fruit grow­ers are happy to an­nounce their great work con­tin­ued and proof is in the fruit of all its labour with the as­so­ci­a­tion con­tin­u­ing its great pro­gram.

The storm clouds have lifted and the ex­cel­lent work con­tin­ues to shine over the re­gion of cane.

Childers and District Fruit and Veg­etable Grow­ers has awarded Vader-Ann Weg­ner the as­so­ci­a­tion’s bur­sary for 2015.

The bur­sary is for $500 to fur­ther her ed­u­ca­tion in ru­ral op­er­a­tions and agri­cul­tural stud­ies.

As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Tom Dun­can said the bur­sary was de­signed to sup­port ag stu­dents. All the stu­dents had worked hard and they all should be proud.

“I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to con­grat­u­late Vader-Ann on her hard work dur­ing Year 11 and 12,” Mr Dun­can said.

The bur­sary has a cou­ple of con­di­tions – the money must be used for her ed­u­ca­tion and she must keep in touch with the as­so­ci­a­tion with the oc­ca­sional email and photo.

“It’s im­por­tant for us to sup­port our stu­dents and the agriculture pro­grams in our schools,” Mr Dun­can said.

“Agri­cul­tural is the lifeblood of our re­gion and we need our stu­dents to take over when we are gone.”

2016 marks a new chap­ter for last year’s grad­u­at­ing class.

Ms Weg­ner said she was sur­prised to be awarded the bur­sary and she thanked the as­so­ci­a­tion for the bur­sary award.

“I would like to thank the Fruit and Veg­etable Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion for the op­por­tu­nity to study their pro­gram, Tom and Donna Dun­can for all the help and sup­port, my agriculture teacher all through­out high school who has been su­per sup­port­ive and en­cour­aged me so much, Cathy Schouten and then lastly my fam­ily,” she said.

She is ready to get back into study and is ex­cited for the new chap­ter in her life.

Ms Weg­ner was ac­cepted into the Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast to study a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence and is due to start in the com­ing weeks.

With dreams of do­ing well and plans for the fu­ture, Ms Weg­ner is con­sid­er­ing ma­jor­ing in en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence or bi­o­log­i­cal sci­ence.

Her short-term am­bi­tion for the fu­ture will be study and she would like to get in­volved in some sort of re­search in­volv­ing an­i­mals.

For now, Ms Weg­ner is ready for new be­gin­nings.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

GROW­ING SUC­CESS: Vader-Ann Weg­ner con­grat­u­lated by the pres­i­dent of the Childers and District Fruit and Veg­etable Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Tom Dun­can.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

KISS KISS: Vader-Ann Weg­ner has been awarded the Childers and District Fruit and Veg­etable Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion bur­sary.

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