Three College of Agriculture and Human Sciences students received top awards for their achievement at the 28th Career Fair and Training Conference of the National Society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) in Sacramento, CA, March 21 -23.Rosemarie Somers, a junior agriculture major from Jamaica, West Indies, won 1st Place in the Undergraduate Public Speaking Contest for her speech focusing on the conference theme, “MANRRS: Turning Vision into Action.” As the 1st Place winner, Ms. Somers received a standing ovation after presenting her passionate speech to all conference participants at the closing gala. Somers indicated that this experience “provided the opportunity to address a large audience which has developed my confidence greatly.”
Portrait Plair, a sophomore nutrition major from Los Angeles, CA, won 2nd Place in the Undergraduate Essay Contest. Her essay also focused on the conference theme.
Helenia Hogan, a senior agriculture major from Hempstead, Texas, won 1st Place in the MANRRS Talent Show for performing a praise dance to Kirk Franklin’s song, “So Good.”
Fourteen students and three chaperons from Prairie View A&M University participated in the conference, which included about 80 student chapters from around the nation. Other contest participants from PVAMU included:
— Kacem Andalib: Research Discussion Contest
— Van Clark, Helenia Hogan, Zakee Johnson, Theo Reed: Quiz Bowl
— Normetta Hampton, Robert McClennon: Impromptu Public Speaking
— Conlee Fry: Conference Theme
— Quintin Scott: Undergraduate Essay
— Brashear Clemons: Photo Contest
Conference activities included workshops focusing on research, professional development and technical skill enhancement. The career fair provided opportunities for students to network with representatives from 57 entities representing governmental agencies, graduate schools and corporations.
The 2014 MANRRS Conference will be hosted in Birmingham, AL, March 27-29.