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Student receives national award

November 17, 2003

Tifton- Students in Lynne Cook's Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Class spent the day playing Wordbinder, an agricultural education game based on the word game Taboo.

Wordbinder is the first product 17-year old Lindsey Towson will distribute through Musing and Things, one of only ten student businesses in the nation to win an FFA Agri-entrepreneur Award.

"I was just shocked. I was really really surprised because I obviously felt it was a good project, but I just didn't expect it to win nationals, I didn't really think my application was good enough to win nationals, so I was just shocked, and of course very very happy," she says.

"My father owned his own business, and I kind of grew up in that kind of atmosphere, so maybe that's where she got a little of it," says Lindsey's father, Ben Towson.

"We both have business degrees, so we've kind of encouraged that," adds her mother Kim.

Lindsey is proving that being in Future Farmers of America doesn't always mean learning to run a farm or work in fields.

"I don't live out in the country; I live in the city, and having livestock is not really an option for me, and I wanted something that was really neat," she says.

"Agriculture is so much more because you've got the agribusiness section, you've got research, you've got education and so these students and all of our other members are learning to be leaders within their community," says Cook.

These Tift County high School seniors are also becoming leaders within the organization.

"Every one of these students in this room actually gained a gold emblem on the national level, which is unheard of. We had the most gold emblem national winners in the nation this year at Tift County FFA, and it was because of them and they're efforts on this project," adds Cook.

Now that she's won the award Lindsey is banking on her business to help her with college expenses which may lead to a career in agri-business for a girl who grew up in the city.

Students in 7th grade through the collegiate level entered the competition. Towson also received a $1000.00 prize in addition to her award.

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