Lettuce Project Sprouts National Prize for UA Student

Thursday, September 23, 2010


One Yuman's work in iceberg lettuce has paid off - with national recognition.

For the first time, University of Arizona-Yuma had one of their undergraduate students, Kaylee Renick, recognized at the national level for her work in agricultural research into iceberg lettuce. She received first place in the oral competition at the American Society for Horticultural Science Annual Conference in Palm Desert, Calif., with seven other students from universities around the nation.

Renick graduated from Kofa High School in 2007 and is also an Arizona Western College agriculture graduate in addition to a current UA-Yuma agriculture systems management undergraduate.

"As with all faculty, mentors or teachers, there's a certain gratification that comes with student success. And, in the case with Kaylee's accomplishment at the national level, being a part of her achievement is surely a pinnacle of my career," said internship supervisor Kurt Nolte, an agent with the University of Arizona Yuma County Extension. "I don't get the opportunity to personally witness these sorts of student successes very often, and when it happens, it's very special. Yuma agriculture is very proud of her."

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