New Jersey student named National Agriscience Student of the Year Runner Up

Ami Adams receives honors for her environmental efforts

INDIANAPOLIS – Parts of the east coast once had large populations of terrapins, particularly in areas such as Maryland and New Jersey. But because terrapins were considered a delicacy, they were aggressively hunted and at one point faced extinction. With the help of Ami Adams and other conservationists, terrapin populations could see significant growth in the coming years. This research has now won her national honors.

Adams was named Agriscience Student of the Year Runner Up at the 84th National FFA Convention during an onstage ceremony. She is a member of the Cape May Tech FFA Chapter in Cape May Court House, N.J. Her chapter advisors are JoAnn Sopchak and Hans Soft. She is the daughter of Violanda and Michael Adams.

Eight national finalists are selected for the Agriscience Student of the Year award. To qualify, applicants must present the findings of their own agriscience-related research projects. They are also evaluated on their general academic achievements and their involvement in school and community activities. The Agriscience Student Recognition Program is sponsored by Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.     

Adams conducted experiments on diamondback terrapins, which are the only sea turtles common to southern New Jersey. Her goal was to determine what feed ration resulted in the best rates of gain in young terrapins. Adams has shared her findings with a local wetlands institute with the goals of improving both terrapin health and population. Currently attending Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., she is studying environmental studies with a minor in physics. Her long-term goal is to become an environmental lawyer.

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