Louisiana: Hardwick Family Supports AgCenter Student Worker Awards

Sydney Cephus, second from left, is one of three recipients of the first Hardwick award. The awards are funded by the Hardwick family, of Tensas Parish, to full-time and part-time student workers at LSU AgCenter research stations in northeast Louisiana. Pictured with Cephus are Mead and Marshall Hardwick and AgCenter Associate Vice President Rogers Leonard, right. Photo: Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter

The LSU AgCenter recently presented awards to three students who have worked at AgCenter research stations in northeast Louisiana.

The awards were given to full-time and part-time student workers recommended by faculty at the research stations. They are sponsored by the Hardwick family, which grows corn, cotton, grain sorghum, soybeans and wheat on the Somerset Plantation in Tensas Parish.

The three recipients are Sydney Cephus, Acey Hendrix, and Valerian Johnson. Each received $500 and a plaque.

Cephus graduated from Davidson High School in St. Joseph and is currently a sophomore majoring in physical education at Alcorn State University.

She has worked in the agronomic research program at the AgCenter Northeast Research Station for about four years. She is described as polite, punctual, attentive to instructions and inquisitive.

“She can be depended on to carry out her job assignments in a very conscientious manner,” said Melissa Cater, director of the AgCenter Northeast Region.

Hendrix attends Tensas Academy, where he is a senior this year. He joined the weed science program as a summer worker at the Northeast Research Station this year.

Cater said Hendrix is an outstanding first-year student worker who performed his duties well and was eager to learn.

“He carried out a variety of tasks in the field and in the lab,” Cater said. “He learned tasks quickly and asked questions so he could better understand the job.”

Johnson, currently a freshman at Alcorn State University, has been employed in the cover crop agronomy program at the Northeast Research Station since June 2016.

“Valerian has demonstrated an excellent work ethic, is detail oriented and cares about her job performance,” Cater said. “She is described as respectful, dependable and trustworthy.”

Cater said the awards will be given annually.


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