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Fayette County Extension Office has entered a new partnership with the University of Alabama’s Rural Health Scholars program.

Ten high school juniors from around the county were chosen as Rural Health Scholars for 2013. They were, Julisa Morrison and Richard Narramore from Berry High School, Bri Brent, Eric Bynum, Allie Kizzire, Kenyele Sparks and Lindsey Yerby from Fayette County High School, and Kaylee Jones, Kaitlyn Little and Gabe Stidham from Hubbertville High School. To be selected, students must have at least a ‘B’ average and interested in health care careers. Those selected had to submit an application and interview before a committee of local health care and academic professionals.

The student scholars will participate in monthly field trips to explore the field of healthcare and attend a one-week summer camp where they will learn about science and technology. Ronni Rena Brasher, 4-H regional Extension agent, was invited to teach the science portion at the camp.

The students went on a farm tour with Brasher, Fayette County Extension Coordinator Warren Griffith, Program Director Melissa Cox and community leader Heather Collins. The first farm they visited was Hubert’s Dairy to learn about its milking facility and about accidents that could occur in the operation. Their second visit to Gary Farms and Fayette Grain and Feed acquainted them to biohazards involved in poultry farming, grain-bin disasters and the dangers associated with operating heavy farm machinery. Their final stop was at the Auburn University Upper Coastal Plains Research Center where Farm Superintendent Randall Rawls gave them a review of current and past research programs at the Center.

Funding for the program was provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission.