So this is an unusual post, but I’m putting it out there anyway. Turf Diseases was started as a grassroots effort by myself and four other faculty in the turf industry. One of the best things about this industry is the networking and assistance that everyone provides for each other. Well, when former Senior Manager for Conference Education of GCSAA, Karen Cooper, reached out to me about helping her daughter win an all expense paid trip to Chicago for the International Garden Centers Show in August I jumped on the opportunity (Her daughter is amazing and has a resume better than most kids her age). Let it be known…Karen asked me to personally like Courtney’s profile and I decided on my own to take it to the masses. Go big or go home.
What can you do (takes 2 minutes)?
- Download the GrowIt app in the App Store or in Google Play
- Setup your own account (it’s a pretty cool app anyway)
- Follow “Courtney Fay Cooper” (her profile pictured right)
- Stay following her through the June 1st deadline
* The students with the top 5 followers are then interviewed and 2 selected. See why if she gets an interview I feel she will have no problem winning the trip!
About Courtney Cooper
I have highlighted some bullet points below, but felt like I would describe a little bit about what I know of Courtney. She has all sorts of leadership roles in HS including Co-Captain of the Debate Team, Journalism Photo Editor, a Liaison between her school a local community shelter, and is a Gold Award Recipient (Girl Scout equivalent of an Eagle Scout). She was admitted to the Honors College at the University of Arkansas, has received numerous scholarships, and is a member of a variety of clubs and AOII sorority. On top of all of that she holds three jobs and has recently accepted a Community Development Study Abroad trip to Vietnam this May.
Bottom line…she’s pretty damn good.
- Honors student in Horticulture, Landscape and Turf at the University of Arkansas
- Golden Award Recipient (Girl Scout equivalent of an Eagle Scout)
- Holds down three jobs including being a research assistant for the famous turfgrass scientist Dr. Mike Richardson.
- Volunteers in a variety of preschools and community gardens
Help out each other
Again, I know this is an unusual request, but sometimes it’s good to use whatever platform you have to help out another. That’s what I’m doing here. I have followed Courtney’s career and international service (as well as her photography) for a long time now and I’m happy to help in any way I can.