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February 7, 2006

Tifton -- Today's open house at Abraham Baldwin College reached an all-time high with more than 1,200 students attending this year's open house. That number is a significant increase from previous years Potential students visited with faculty and staff.

Two friends who traveled from Florida say this experience only confirms their decision to attend the school.

These two friends, Amanda Reck and Jamie Young, are only two of the 1,200 students visiting Abraham Baldwin college today for Open campus. The two traveled from Florida and using information learned today, have already picked out their majors.

Amanda Reck said, "I want to do actually a double major, I want to do livestock health and animal science."

Jamie Young says, "Do AG education, I've shown cows since middle school and that's my passion."

Their checklist for success when choosing a college. Jamie Young says, "Definitely the academic aspects of it you want somewhere that has a good system teachers, more about the people if they are friendly especially if you are going away from home you don't want to go to a place where people aren't very friendly and they won't accept you."

"Class sizes, tuition and the environment just whether or not their will be a lot of chaos around, whether or not things are going to be easy to go. Majors that are around," Reck says.

As for the school, sot:Michael Chason says, "The best thing about ABAC you can come here and major in a turf management. You can major in some of the largest technology areas in the nation."

Students were also given a chance to take a bus or walking tour of the campus and facilities. Chason says ABAC apartments, small class sizes, and various majors are key factors in enrollment.

One lucky student from ABAC attended this year's Super Bowl and shared his experiences with other students today. William Ray was selected by Toro to help the grounds crew at the Super Bowl in Detroit.

Toro makes turf and landscaping equipment used to maintain the field of the arena. Ray says it was an experience he'll never forget. "The highlight was definitely game day on Sunday. I have numerous photos with celebrities, and it was a great opportunity. I met hall of fame quarterbacks and players and TV personalities and on-air personalities, and it was great."

Ray beat students from schools including Tennessee, Penn State, and Ohio State. He says it shows smaller schools such as ABAC can provide quality workers.

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