West Johnston Senior Wins Conservation Workshop Scholarship

Christopher LermaWith sponsorship from Four Oaks Bank, the Johnston Soil and Water Conservation District has awarded the 2016 Resource Conservation Workshop Scholarship to Christopher Lerma, a senior at West Johnston High School.

Chris joined 100 other high school students from across the state to attend the weeklong environmental Resource Conservation Workshop on the North Carolina State University campus this past summer. The program included hands-on participation in a wide range of conservation topics and exposed high school students to career opportunities in natural resources management.

During the week, students toured a water-treatment plant, visited Clemmons Educational State Forest in Clayton, saw some of the university’s conservation projects, and met with representatives from various natural resource management agencies. Students took an exam at the end of the week to test what they have learned and to compete for college scholarships.  Chris received the NC District Employees Scholarship in the amount of $1,000, the highest prize awarded.

Four Oaks Bank has been a longtime sponsor of the Resource Conservation Workshop scholarship.  This has enabled many Johnston County high school students to develop their career interests, pursue educational goals and receive scholarships for higher education.  The experience from the Resource Conservation Workshop provides students the opportunity to learn about various career paths, make lifelong friendships and enhance their career potential.

The Resource Conservation Workshop is in its 53nd year and is a program partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, NC State University, the NCDA&CS Division of Soil and Water Conservation and the NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.