Heather Sciubba of Havertown was selected from the chosen few to attend The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Agricultural Sciences this summer. PGSAS will operate a four-week residential program of intensive study in the agricultural sciences at the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) at the University Park campus. To be eligible, students must have completed the eleventh grade during school year 2013-14 and be headed to attend twelfth grade in the fall of 2014. PGSAS is a four-week summer residential enrichment program. All students are required to live in a college dormitory on the Penn State University Park campus. PGSAS is an intensive program of study in which the students take core courses related to agriculture and environmental science. Coupled with each core course, students will participate in a hands-on laboratory course related to each core course. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in field trips, special events and lecture series.
A major goal of the program is to encourage young talent to pursue careers in these areas, thereby fostering global competiveness in the fields of agricultural sciences, including the scientific and professional opportunities available to them in the food, agriculture, and natural resource sciences. Students will be chosen through a competitive application process, which is both merit-based and configured to include participants from across the Commonwealth. The program creates a collaborative living and learning environment, in which students work in teams and solve complex problems, both in the laboratory and classroom. Successful applicants will receive a full scholarship to attend PGSAS. The scholarship includes the cost of housing, meals, and all instructional materials.
Heather Sciubba is currently a junior at Haverford High School. She is in the Sheep and Poultry clubs at Delaware County 4-H. She is secretary of the sheep club and president of the poultry club. Within these clubs, she loves to work with her lamb and chicken to train them in showmanship. She also enjoys teaching younger club members about them. Her other hobbies include doing community service projects with her school’s National Honor Society, Interact and Cooking for a Cause. She also enjoys her work in academics. After high school, she plans on going to college and hopes to become either a veterinarian or a teacher of agriculture.