Courtney chosen to attend Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders

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By The Staff

Nicole Courtney, a junior at Grant County High School, has been chosen to attend the Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL), sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau.

IFAL is a unique five-day summer leadership conference that exposes high school students to college life and explores the different fields of study for careers in agriculture. Participants were selected by their county Farm Bureau board of directors with the assistance of school personnel and youth group advisors. Selected students are among the top in their class who plan to further their education at the post-secondary level and have an interest in pursing a career in agriculture.

Courtney was selected to attend the IFAL conference held June 13-17 on the campus of Murray State University where she will live in university dormitories, eat in university dining facilities and become acquainted with the college campus. Another group of students will attend an identical IFAL conference June 20-24 at the University of Kentucky. Attendees of both week-long conferences will be exposed to classes and speakers focusing on the values of leadership, team-building recreational activities and visits to research farms and agriculture-related industries.

Courtney is the vice president of her GCHS’s FFA chapter, while also receiving the Greenhand Degree and being awarded Most Excellent Sophomore in FFA. As a third-year enrolled JROTC member, she placed as the top female in Physical Test, received the Cadet Excellence Award and ranks as a Second Lieutenant. She is the daughter of Kay and Martin Gbur of Dry Ridge.