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K-State Presents 10th Annual Youth Animal Science Learning Opportunity

published: January 11th 2018
source: K State


High school students can apply now for the Kansas State University Animal Sciences Leadership Academy's 2018 class.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Students from across the country with an interest in the livestock industry and related careers can apply now for the Kansas State University Animal Sciences Leadership Academy. The academy, which is celebrating its 10th year, is an intensive four-day educational experience designed to enhance the leadership skills and animal science knowledge of students in ninth through 12th grades.

Hosted by the K-State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry and sponsored by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council (LMIC), the academy's goal is to develop young leaders within the livestock industry and prepare them for a successful future in this field.

"The academy is truly a rare opportunity for youth that want to enhance their leadership and educational experiences in agriculture," says Craig Good, LMIC president. "Part of the LMIC mission is to assist the Animal Sciences Department at KSU in its goal of providing great educational and research opportunities for youth across the country. I can say without hesitation, that supporting the leadership academy for the past 10 years has been a very rewarding and worthwhile activity and helps fulfill that mission."

The tenth class will meet in Manhattan, June 6-9. Applications are due April 2, 2018, and can be found at

The program's itinerary will feature interactive workshops, tours and faculty mentor time with animal science professors. Industry leaders will also join the participants frequently to share their knowledge and expertise. Throughout the week, participants will work in teams to evaluate current events within the animal science industry and educate others. This experience will culminate with team presentations and a closing reception on Saturday morning.

Only 20 students will be accepted for each session to ensure individualized attention from counselors, professors and industry leaders. Participants will stay on campus in university housing with program staff for the duration of the event. Transportation to and from the event is the responsibility of the participant, along with a $50 fee to reserve his or her space. The is only due upon acceptance and not at the time of application. LMIC generously provides all other sponsorships.

Please contact Academy Director Sharon Breiner with questions at or 785-532-6533.

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