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Agriculture Press Release

April 16, 1998

Students Win Awards For Ag Science Projects

TALLAHASSEE Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford today announced that two students have been awarded $1,000 Savings Bonds for their agricultural projects presented at the 43rd Annual State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida competition in Lakeland. Two other students also received awards for their projects from Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc.

Gino Cheng, of Stanton College Preparatory School in Jacksonville, won a $1,000 Savings Bond in the senior classification for her botany project. Aaron C. Richardson, of Walton Middle School in DeFuniak Springs, was the junior classification winner with a project in the environmental sciences category.

Andrew W. Buck, of Coral Reef Senior High School in Miami, won $50 and a certificate from Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc., for his microbiology project. A $25award and certificate went to Rica R. Hudson, of Powell Middle School in Brooksville, for her botany project.

"I congratulate these young people for directing their energy and talents to the agricultural sciences," Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford said. "The future of agriculture depends on new technology and innovations developed by the scientific community."

The State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida is a three-day display of science project exhibits prepared by aspiring scientists and engineers in grades six through twelve from throughout the state. The fair is administered by the Florida Foundation for Future Scientists, which promotes activities that encourage young people to pursue careers in science, engineering and research.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is among numerous government agencies, businesses and organizations that contribute awards for the fair. The winners of Department and Florida Ag in the Classroom awards were selected by Department specialists involved in food safety, entomology and plant pathology.

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