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Jamie Worsley Named Presidential Scholar at ABAC

May 15, 2017

TIFTON—Jamie Worsley of Arlington is the newest Presidential Scholar at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.  The entering freshman from Pataula Charter Academy will begin her ABAC education this fall.

“I was in disbelief,” Worsley said about being named an ABAC Presidential Scholar.  “The first thing I did was call my parents, and they were so surprised. We celebrated with the whole family by going out to eat that night.  It was a moment I will never forget.”

Through her exposure to ABAC with the FFA, Worsley decided that ABAC would be the perfect college to continue her education. Worsley, the daughter of Larry and Heather Worsley, also has a family tie.  Her father is an ABAC alumnus.

“It’s only two hours from home, it’s affordable, and completely gorgeous,” said Worsley.  “It is by far the best college I toured.  Once I got accepted there was no question about where I would attend college. I can’t wait to be a Stallion.”

Worsley, who has a grade point average of 4.0, will be the first student at ABAC to double major in biology/biochemistry and wildlife biology.

“The professors and department heads offered to create a custom curriculum plan just for me, which is another reason I love ABAC,” said Worsley.  “They are willing to go that extra mile to help students become successful.”

Worsley found she had a passion for wildlife from her experiences in FFA. She also works at a local veterinary clinic.

“Through my involvement in the FFA Wildlife Management and Environmental Natural Resources contests, I discovered I love working with animals and managing habitats and environments,” said Worsley.  “Growing up, my dad was always involved in the outdoors and once I took his wildlife class I realized I loved wildlife and animal science, too.”

Now that college life is upon her, Worsley isn’t worried about balancing her academics with her extracurricular activities.

“I hope to make many new friends with common interests while living on campus,” Worsley said.  “However, even though I am looking forward to the social aspects of college, I do understand the importance of a balance between social and academic college life. Because of ABAC’s size, I hope to experience a hands-on, connected classroom experience while still making friends and having fun.”

She is very interested in being a part of ABAC’s student leadership.

“I feel that the opportunity to join sororities, clubs, organizations, and groups promotes leadership and college success,” said Worsley. “I plan to join multiple clubs and organizations at ABAC, including the Honors program, the Collegiate FFA Chapter, and the Baldwin Players.

“By joining these clubs and organizations, I will learn more about myself and will be given the opportunity to take leadership at ABAC through service projects, participation, and performances. After becoming familiar with campus life, I will consider other clubs that contribute to my personal leadership and will encourage others to recognize their own leadership potential as well.”

Throughout her high school experience, Worsley was heavily involved in FFA on both the chapter and area levels.  She was also a cheerleader and acted at Cotton Hall Theatre.  She served as a member of the National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, and Sigma Kappa Theta Honor Society. She competed in one act play and literary events and currently holds the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) state title in dramatic interpretation.

Although she is open to any opportunities that may come her way, Worsley would love to work in wildlife research veterinary medicine, most likely for the state of Georgia or at the federal level.  She is a big proponent of wildlife conservation and management and her dream would be to combine the two with veterinary medicine.

If she chooses veterinary school after ABAC, she plans to attend either the University of Georgia or Auburn University.

“My family members are alumni of both universities so either college would be a great option,” said Worsley.

If Worsley has her way, ten years from now she hopes to be enjoying a career and finding success in the workplace.

“With hard work and the support of ABAC, I know I can make my dreams come true,” said Worsley.  “I am so honored and humbled by the outpouring of love from ABAC and my scholarship sponsors.  Without them, making my dreams come true would be a much more difficult process.”
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