Two students from West Feliciana Parish were among 20 students invited to participate recently in the Governor’s School for the Agricultural Sciences through LSU’s College of Agriculture.

John Emery Walker, a senior at West Feliciana High School, and Paycen Brouillette, a senior who is home schooled, were invited through a rigorous selection process for the two-week residential education program, designed for Louisiana’s academically talented seniors who are interested in agricultural sciences, a news release said.

The program allows the students to engage in college-level coursework in areas ranging from textiles and apparel merchandising to natural resource management. They also developed leadership skills by working with LSU College of Agriculture faculty and staff.

“It gave me the opportunity to make connections with the staff at LSU and other ag students in the state,” said Walker, who plans to study an agriculture-related field such as renewable natural resources, wildlife management or ecology. “We had a lecture every morning and a lab or activity in the afternoons. It was a great program and gave us a broad introduction to what LSU Agriculture is like. Even when we toured Tiger Stadium, we learned about turf management.”

Walker said LSU is at the top of his college choices while Brouillette said LSU has moved up among his top choices as well. Both students received $1,000 scholarship offers through the College of Agriculture if they attend LSU.

Brouillette, who has shown pigs, dairy cows and chickens through 4-H since he was in fourth grade, said the program expanded his knowledge of the different types of subjects related to agriculture.

“I went in expecting to learn about traditional agriculture,” said Brouillette, who plans a career in agriculture law, science or engineering. “But it opened doors to learn about subjects such as marketing and LSU did a great job showing that agriculture is more than farming and produce production.”

The program is designed to showcase the expertise of LSU’s agricultural programs. The students participated in field experiences at various research stations and industry partners to provide scholars with a glimpse of various careers in agriculture, the release said.

The Governor’s School is free for scholars, including on-campus accommodations, meals, staffing, course supplies, program materials, transportation, educational trips and events. The scholars are selected through an extensive competitive application process requiring recommendations from the applicant’s science teachers and guidance counselors, a resume, a personal statement and an essay.