Tuscola seniors attend resource conservation workshop

Dinwiddie wins scholarship after achieving top exam scores
Aug 09, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo Allie Dinwiddie, on the right, is given her $500 scholarship after achieving top exam scores by Liz Driscoll, Extension Specialist in Horticultural Science at N.C. State University. Dinwiddie competed against 91 other students for the scholarship.

Rising Tuscola seniors Allie Dinwiddie and Maggie Rogers recently joined 91 high school students from across the state in attending the 50th annual resource conservation workshop in Wake County. The girls were sponsored by the Haywood Soil and Water Conservation District and were chosen based on their interest in natural resources, demonstrated by their participation in District programs such as Envirothon and the Youth Environmental Stewardship (YES) Camp.

At the workshop, students were housed in a dorm at N.C. State University and spent their days with scientists, foresters, biologists, wetland specialists, wildlife experts and engineers who provided classroom instruction and outdoor study in the environmental sciences. Students also received information and insight into careers in natural resource management.

The celebration of 50 years of this workshop reinforced the commitment by the numerous workshop instructors to provide engaging, hands-on activities for students to explore their profession.

“How many opportunities do kids get to explore so many different career fields in one week?” asked Kevin Pittman, a long-time Resource Conservation Workshop teacher and educational forest ranger with the N.C. Division of Forest Resources at Clemmons Educational State Forest in Clayton.

Instructors and judges came from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources; N.C. State University’s Continuing Education and Professional Development Center; soil and water conservation districts in Wake, Johnston and Durham counties; U.S. Department of Agricultural Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Following an intense week of learning together, students took a challenging written exam on the final morning, and then attended an awards ceremony at the McKimmon Center at NCSU. A number of scholarships were awarded, with this year’s top exam score achieved by none other than Allie Dinwiddie, who won a $500 scholarship plus $100 cash.

The Workshop is sponsored and organized by the N.C. Division of Soil and Water Conservation, the N.C. Soil and Water Conservation Commission, the N.C. Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, The Hugh Hammond Bennett Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society of America and the Soil Science Department of N.C. State University.