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Forestry student awarded for academic excellence

Forestry student awarded for academic excellence

Brandon Light, a student in Haywood Community College’s Forest Management Technology Program, has been named the college’s Academic Excellence Award winner. 

Light spent more than a decade after high school exploring different countries and traveling throughout the U.S. His travels inspired him to return to the classroom to better understand sustainable forestry. 

“I am convinced that a thorough understanding of forest ecosystems is critical to ensuring the health and continued survival of life on earth,” Light explains. “I hope to become a writer spreading knowledge of ethics, conservation and sustainability in nature.”

Light is the president of HCC’s Society of American Foresters Chapter, a member of the Appalachian SAF Leadership Academy, a social media intern for the Appalachian SAF and employee at one of the country’s best tree care companies on high-level urban tree care projects. He received a $1,000 scholarship from The North Carolina Forestry Association’s Forest Education and Conservation Foundation and was the 2020 HCC Dendrology Champion.

Light plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in forest management and a master’s degree in wildlife natural resource management. 

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