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Columbus Native Receives National Award

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

Paul Young Jr., who teaches horticulture at Cape Fear High School in Fayetteville, is the winner of a national award for agricultural educators given by the National Association of Agricultural Educators.

Young, a who hails from Bolton, received the 2022 National Association of Agricultural Educators Teachers Turn the Key Scholarship Award. The grantees were announced at the 2022 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas from Nov. 29-Dec. 3.

"First, I am so thankful for God allowing me to flourish in a field that I am definitely in love with. So thankful that when some didn’t see my true gift and passions, others from several states do and appreciate my work ethic and success. That’s what an Ag Ed Family is and I’m so thankful for each of you," he said in a Facebook post.

The program he incorporates at the high school shows students both the purpose and reward of a career in horticulture and agriculture. The kids hold three plant sales annually to present the fruits of their labor and to raise money that can be invested back into the project.

Young began his career in the school system five years ago and takes pride in leading the Future Farmers of America program.

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