Tifton Gazette


January 30, 2014

Internship gives ABAC student chance to follow General Assembly


Andrew Smith, a rural studies major from Folkston at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, is spending a portion of his spring semester in Atlanta as one of the participants in the 2014 Georgia Legislature Internship Program.  

Smith is working in the office of Sen. Steve Henson (D-Tucker), who serves as minority leader of the Georgia State Senate.  Smith found out about the program from former ABAC student Brittany Trotter.  She talked of the day-to-day aspects of the internship and that is what drew him to the program.  

Smith has always been interested in politics and started his career in the field at quite a young age.

“I started serving as a page when I was 12 years old and continued to do so until college,” Smith said.  “I realized that is where I wanted to work – my dream job.  This internship completes my dream.”

For 40 days, he will get the full general assembly experience and learn how the lawmakers operate in a full session.

“The people there inspire me,” Smith said.  “I want to go up there and be a part of the process, not just be an observer.”

The Folkston native is now in his senior year as a student of ABAC, and he knows he made the right choice of colleges.  His sister had attended ABAC, and he had also heard the college being praised from people he knew within the Charlton County Board of Commissioners, where he worked in high school.   

Smith began his ABAC career in 2008 and will graduate in December with his bachelor’s degree in rural studies with a concentration in politics and modern cultures.  While at ABAC, he has served in the political science club, served as president of the College Democrats and is presently serving as a research assistant to two ABAC professors, Dr. Joseph Njoroge and Dr. Hans Schmeisser.  

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

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