N.C. A&T student wins USDA essay contest

Monday, March 3, 2014

Simone Hairston, a senior majoring in dietetics at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, was among 20 juniors and seniors from universities across the country to win the "Agriculture as a Career," USDA Essay Contest. Hairston received an expenses-paid trip to the USDA’s 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum, "The Changing Face of Agriculture," held Feb. 20-21, in Arlington, Va.

“It’s a great, great honor,” she said, adding that her essay described her belief that, “agriculture is the basis for everything. Nutrition and agriculture are closely related.” Hairston is also an undergraduate research scholar and participant in the multicultural scholars program at N.C. A&T.

The potential for a rewarding and stimulating career in dietetics is one reason Hairston decided to enroll in the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at A&T. She hopes to focus her career on childhood nutrition's relevance to obesity prevention.

In addition to its program in nutrition and dietetics, the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences has programs that lead to careers in veterinary sciences, biotechnology, food science, fashion design, education, child development, biological engineering, natural resources management, environmental protection, agribusiness and more.