Houghton College senior Jacob Annis recently attended the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) 2018 national conference, where he was elected as the undergraduate vice president of Region I for the MANRRS organization. Region I encompasses New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Annis, who is the local Houghton College chapter president of MANRRS, also won third place in the national elevator speech competition, which he was qualified to compete in after taking first at the MANRRS Region I Cluster Meeting last fall.
Annis attended the conference through his previously awarded Farm Credit VIP Scholarship, which included round-trip transportation, registration, and accommodations for the conference, as well as a $1,000 award to be applied to college tuition.
MANRRS is a national society that welcomes people of all racial and ethnic groups who are interested in agriculture, natural resources, and other related sciences into its membership. The organization provides networking, leadership, and public speaking opportunities for its student members. The conference, which took place April 4-7, in Greensboro, North Carolina, offered training sessions, career opportunities, and speaker events for participants.
“Really it’s just an honor that God has put me in a position to be a part of something bigger than myself,” says Annis. “I hope that in the future I can continue to grow and develop myself as a leader in my surrounding community.”