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9/3/04 10:09 AM
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Research Pays Off for Local Student: Ruddle named National Finalist for Two FFA Awards Indianapolis- The National FFA Organization recently named Paul Ruddle II of Valdosta, GA, as a finalist in both the Agriscience Student Scholarship and Recognition Program and National FFA Proficiency Award in Emerging Agricultural Technology. Ruddle has entered both of these awards programs based on his research project, “An Early Growth Study on Possible Photosynthetic Variances in Transgenic Plants: A Fourth Year Study.” Ruddle, the President of the Lowndes FFA Chapter, became eligible for the national awards after winning the Georgia State FFA competitions earlier this year. As one of eight national finalists for the Agriscience Student program, Ruddle has earned a $1,000 scholarship. The Agriscience Student program selects eligible FFA members on the basis of research projects involving agriscience skills, using applications and new technologies learned in their high school agriculture classes. Students apply these lessons to their supervised agricultural experience programs. They are also evaluated on their academic achievement as well as their involvement in school and community activities. The program is sponsored by Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Ruddle is one of only four people chosen to compete for selected as a national finalist for the National FFA Proficiency Award in Emerging Agricultural Technology. The proficiency awards recognize outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through hands-on career experience. The Emerging Agricultural Technology Award in one of 49 proficiency program areas FFA members can participate in to develop valuable experience and leadership skills at the local, state and national levels. This award is sponsored by Chevrolet/GM Powertrain; Micro Flo Company and National FFA Foundation. Ruddle will compete for national honors in both areas at the 77th National FFA Convention, October 27-30, 2004, in Louisville, Kentucky. He will interviewed by a panel of judges for each competition. Both interviews are scheduled for Thursday, October 28th. He will also compete that same day with his project in the National Agriscience Fair. Lowndes FFA Advisor, James Corbett, praises Ruddle’s achievements, “Paul has certainly worked hard on this research project the past fours years. He has developed a number of skills while working with this supervised agriculture experience project including the use of the scientific method and the ability to report his work in a scholarly fashion. He is to be commended for earning his positions as National Finalist in both categories. This is considerable when one considers the fact that FFA is a national youth organization of 464,267 members.”
9/4/04 6:03 PM
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Congrats to the both of you.
9/4/04 10:07 PM
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Thanks, Sovann. We will have results on the competition after the National FFA Convention. I met Rulon Gardner last year at the convention. Rulon was an active FFA member as well.
11/4/04 9:43 AM
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Ruddle wins FFA award


VALDOSTA — About five years ago, Paul Ruddle began studying the characteristics of genetically altered plants. Now a senior at Lowndes High School, Ruddle’s research has earned him national recognition.

Ruddle was named the National Agriscience Student of the Year for his research on the photosynthetic variances in genetically altered plants.

A member of the Lowndes High FFA Chapter, he was recognized at the 77th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., on Friday.

The National FFA Organization, originally created as Future Farmers of America, prepares students for careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.

In addition, Ruddle won the National Emerging Agriculture Technologies Proficiency Award to recognize his accomplishments as a FFA member.

“I was surprised. It shows that the research was worth something,” Ruddle said. “I’ve spent 600 hours on the subject.”

Ruddle’s research began in the seventh grade after he gave a speech on the topic of genetically altered plants. The speech turned into a study on the advantages and disadvantages of transgenic plants.

He was inspired to complete the study because of the lack of research and experiments done in basal plant processes. Using cotton, soybeans, and round-up ready corn, he tested each for differences in photosynthesis. Ruddle said he found that only the corn, after 21 days of growth, had a photosynthesis rate that was higher than non-genetically altered corn.

Ruddle said the recognition he received for his research is the start he needs to build a career in plant biology.

“I’ve already made the contacts with the people involved,” Ruddle said.

The president of Lowndes High’s FFA Chapter, Ruddle wants to pursue a degree in plant biology at the University of Georgia or Cornell University, and then continue his studies at a research company.

James Corbett, Lowndes High School FFA advisor, said the award makes Ruddle one of the top agriscience students in the nation, an achievement of many more to come for this student.

“He has a great work ethic and really pushes himself,” Corbett said. “Just like anything else in life he really worked hard on this. I wouldn’t be surprised if he edited (his project report) 25 to 30 times. This is certainly a milestone for him to get noticed in other endeavors in life.””


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