How is it almost over?!

By: Karthik Dhanireddy, Ai Mochida, Joey Yoon, Brittany Scheffler, and Rebecca Richardson

It’s hard to believe that it’s the final Tuesday at The Governor’s School for Agriculture. Time really goes by when you’re having fun. Looking back now, there have been plenty of memorable experiences that have helped shape our view on agriculture and life in general. We couldn’t be more thankful for getting into such a unique program and having the best summer of our lives. Keeping up to today’s date, there are a lot of things going on. Some of them are fun, while some are just nerve racking.

This week is the week when everything involved with global seminar is due. That involves posters, brochures, papers, etc. It feels like it was just yesterday that we were trying to understand what our research topic was about. Time sure does go by fast. Our group was a unique mix. We were all new to one another, and we were all hesitant about revealing our ideas at the beginning. However, at this point in time, no one is afraid of saying anything. It could be the stupidest idea ever, or even the most brilliant idea. Everyone is comfortable around one another and that’s what makes us so productive as a team. As we come to a close with our brochure and poster, we could not be more satisfied. We’ve put everything we’ve had into these items and hopefully the end result is satisfying. Conversely, this feeling of satisfaction wasn’t always there. There were disagreements between our members over trivial things, such as the color of the poster and brochure. However, we were quickly able to resolve these conflicts and move forward and achieve a beautiful poster and brochure.

Switching gears, this week also marked the beginning of our second elective class. There were five electives to choose from: Aesthetic Horticulture, Food Sheds, Neurology, Robotics, and Watersheds. Aesthetic horticulture focuses on putting together different flowers to create a beautiful display of nature. Food sheds focuses on the flow of food feeding a particular population, whereas watersheds focuses on the flow of water feeding into a particular community. In addition, neurology goes into depth about the brain and robotics goes into depth about modern technology. All of these electives are career oriented and they expose a new field and area. Furthermore, all of these tie back into the central theme of agriculture as they show how important the agriculture industry is and what it’s responsible for.

Overall, Governor’s School has provided us numerous opportunities and we are all glad to have been part of such an amazing program. It’s hard to believe that it’s coming to an end, but we all know that the memories we’ve made here will last a life time. Hopefully we rock the symposium and win awards! Group 19 is more than happy to be part of this program. We would like to thank all of the GSL’s, Samantha Won, and Dr. Curt Friedel for making all this possible! Thank you!

In the Research Paper ICU

By: Group #13

“Get me 3 ccs of brainpower, STAT!” Our first draft of the research paper had to be taken to the ICU when our GSL realized that we hadn’t used respectable sources, didn’t have a clue about proper format in a scientific paper, and, worst of all, we weren’t really on topic. For a moment, we were despondently certain that our project had suffered heart failure at the pronouncement, and we didn’t know if we could revive it, but we did know that failure would never be an option.

We spent a long evening in emergency surgery before our GSL, Garret, finally approved our revised draft. In the process, we discovered a deep well of resilience within ourselves and realized that C. S. Lewis was right when he said “Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn”. Our group has certainly learned that asking for help early on is a wise choice. It tends to prevent brutally long hours of frantic activity in the research paper ICU.

By now, the patient has walked out of the hospital, and our group learned more about carbon sequestration than we ever imagined. More importantly, however, this experience has taught us a life lesson: an ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure.


GSA Dance: Better than High School Prom?

By: Group #20

At Governor’s School last week, we were pleasantly surprised to find out about an upcoming dance. Some wondered about the futility of having a dance when we should be learning about agriculture, and others complained about how the dance was ‘required’ for all Governor’s School for Agriculture students. When we arrived at the YMCA location, with the words, ‘thrift shop’ labeled on at the entrance, a few wondered if they had chosen the place solely for its cost-effectiveness. 

Once the dance started, however, and everyone began sliding side-to-side with their glowing bracelets, any shyness that was hanging around the group evaporated and the mood quickly changed. With energetic jumps, shouts, and squeals, the GSA students, for the most part, were enjoying themselves. The quality of this dance surpassed our high school prom, in which dancing was few-and-far in between. 

From a broader perspective, the dance was an opportunity to bond with fellow students before entering the last and final week of Governor’s School. By this time, many had already made friends and were enjoying the dance in their respective groups. All in all, this dance changed the atmosphere of Governor’s School going into the final week.