Horticultural Options in Plant Sciences (HOPS) Holds Graduation

June 16, 2022

The HOPS Project at Texas A&M University is a two semester training program to provide instruction and support for individuals with disabilities to gain the necessary skills and experiences to work in the horticulture industry.

This first year, they had 8 students graduate from the program. Victoria Lynn Arevalo, Chloe Rose Mallette, Noah Samuel Martin, Kayley Marie McLean, Christopher William Green Pizana, Kylee Jean Rosier, Sofia Angelina Montemayor Thomas, and Breionna Lachea Toliver.

The Director’s Award is the most prestigious award that we provide a student and is given to the student who exemplifies the Aggie Core values of respect, leadership, integrity, loyalty, excellence, and selfless service. This student represents well, not only themselves, but also the HOPS program and Texas A&M University. This award was presented to Kylee Jean Rosier.

The Leadership Award is presented to the student who guides and influences others, someone who is willing to inspire others to to do more and be more. This award was presented to Breionna Lachea Toliver.
The students celebrated their graduation with family and friends at a reception after their graduation.
As these graduates leave Texas A&M University to begin using their new skills in their communities a new group of students will begin their training this summer.

To apply for the HOPS program, students must first complete the Summer WACO program. Once they have completed the 5-week summer program they may apply to the HOPS Program.
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(Photo: Breionna Lachea Toliver, Chloe Rose Mallette, Christopher William Green Pizana, Kayley Marie McLean, Kylee Jean Rosier, Noah Samuel Martin, Sofia Angelina Montemayor Thomas, and Victoria Lynn Arevalo, and Shelbi Davenport, AgriLife Extension Program Assistant)