Columbus graduate named Southeast Community College Ag Student of the Year

Columbus graduate named Southeast Community College Ag Student of the Year
Lacy Williams was named the SCC Agriculture Student of the Year. (Photo Courtesy Southeast Community College)
February 14th, 2024 | Alex Makovicka

A Columbus high school graduate was named the 2024 Southeast Community College Agriculture Student of the Year.

Lacy Williams earned the program’s top honor, announced at an ag seminar hosted by the college.

Williams is a double major, pursuing agribusiness and horticulture degrees at the Beatrice campus. She will graduate in May 2024.

“I hope to be a part of the horticulture and agriculture industry,” she said. “After I graduate college, I’m going to Michigan and I’m going to do an internship at Walters Gardens.”

Prior to graduation, agriculture students at SCC must complete an internship to gain real-world experience in their profession. Walters Gardens, Inc. is a perennial wholesale company that grows Proven Winners® plants.

SCC faculty and staff described Williams as an active student who is an all-around good person.

Williams said she didn’t intend to pursue horticulture as a career until she got to high school.

“My agriculture teacher took a chance on me and threw me into the greenhouse at my high school,” she said. “Realizing that I could make a career out of it just put everything into perspective for me.”

Williams credits a strong support system from her school, family and faith for helping her reach her goals.

“Stay confident in yourself. Make sure that when no one’s looking, you’re doing the right thing.”

Lacy is the daughter of Patty Long and Clancy Williams, both of Columbus.


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