Delaware County Youth Attends Governor’s School for the Agricultural Sciences

Posted: December 10, 2014

The Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences is a four-week summer residential program held on Penn State's University Park campus for academically talented and gifted high school students (rising seniors) from throughout Pennsylvania.
Heather Sciubba with her 4-H project sheep.

Heather Sciubba with her 4-H project sheep.

One of Delaware County’s 4-H members, Heather Sciubba, was selected for the prestigious Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Agricultural Sciences, which brought 40 academically talented and gifted students together at Penn State's University Park campus.

The students got a broad overview of the diverse fields of agriculture and natural resources, learned about educational opportunities and careers in the agricultural sciences, and got a taste of college life.

For four weeks, participants lived and ate in campus residence halls as they explored such topics as animal and plant sciences, food science, engineering, environmental and natural resource conservation, and community awareness. Students participated in challenging courses and research projects with Penn State faculty and program staff.

Working with a variety of individuals in the agricultural sciences, the youth scholars also enjoyed a truly unique service learning experience. The three service-learning projects offered were:

  • Landscape Contracting Program: Introduction to residential landscape design.
  • Agricultural Education Program: Surveying municipal trees to minimize public risk.
  • The Arboretum at Penn State: Children's garden project to maximize pollinator and native plant education.

Heather's experience has given her clearer insight into the importance of agriculture, as well as a better understanding of her future college life and career options.

This program is free to participants and is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, and the state’s Intermediate Units.

Get more information on Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Agricultural Sciences.

Contact Information

Devin Cunningham
  • 4-H Youth Educator
Phone: 717-921-8803