BRATTLEBORO -- Sam Rushton, a senior from Leland & Gray Union High School and a resident of Grafton, has been named the October 2013 Windham Regional Career Center Student of the Month. Rushton was nominated for this award by Dennis Hamilton, his Career Center instructor in Agricultural Land Management. He is additionally enrolled in Personal Finance at the Career Center. Story Body:

BRATTLEBORO -- Sam Rushton, a senior from Leland & Gray Union High School and a resident of Grafton, has been named the October 2013 Windham Regional Career Center Student of the Month. Rushton was nominated for this award by Dennis Hamilton, his Career Center instructor in Agricultural Land Management. He is additionally enrolled in Personal Finance at the Career Center. Story Body:

BRATTLEBORO -- Sam Rushton, a senior from Leland & Gray Union High School and a resident of Grafton, has been named the October 2013 Windham Regional Career Center Student of the Month. Rushton was nominated for this award by Dennis Hamilton, his Career Center instructor in Agricultural Land Management. He is additionally enrolled in Personal Finance at the Career Center.

According to Hamilton, Rushton has demonstrated tremendous effort in his program and that he "understands that his job here (in school) is to work hard" and to take advantage of what he’s being offered.

"No one here works as hard as Rushton does," said Hamilton.


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His investment in his education includes joining Hamilton for lunch most days to continue his questions and on-going conversations regarding his interest in agriculture.

Rushton, who has been raised on the Rushton Farm in Grafton, intends to pursue a career in agriculture or other outdoor employment. Hamilton first met Rushton six years ago when Rushton signed up for a UVM extension service course in tractor safety that had been taught at the Career Center. That was Rushton’s introduction to the Career Center.

Rushton’s course this year at the career center is an outside environmental class working with land use, measurement, conservation, indigenous and invasive plants, and trees, wildlife, habitat, water, soils and drainage projects. Students also gain experience operating a variety of large and small forestry and farm equipment. Rushton’s class is currently preparing to compete in a soil judging contest that will be held at Vermont Technical College.