Look in the dictionary for the term over-achiever, and you will likely find Normand “Rudy” Adams. Following his Summa Cum Laude graduation from SVCC in 2012, Rudy went on to Virginia Tech to pursue a dual degree in Agribusiness and Horticulture. If his final semester is like his five previous ones in Blacksburg, he will graduate this May with a perfect 4.0 for his VT career.
Does that level of academic achievement leave time for anything else? Only if you count being a teaching assistant, obtaining an internship that leads to a full-time career opportunity, holding a leadership role in three organizations and serving as a Student Ambassador for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In addition to that myriad of campus activities, when he travels home to Farmville during school breaks and weekends, he still serves as a Volunteer Firefighter for the Darlington Heights Fire Department and as a Volunteer EMT-B and Firefighter for the Meherrin Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.
Before departing for Virginia Tech, Rudy served as a Park Operations Assistant with the Virginia State Park in Green Bay, where his level of achievement earned him the Virginia State Parks’ Focus for Excellence Employee of the Year Award in 2012. At VT, he has been honored with two major awards: the 2013 American Society of Horticulture Sciences Outstanding Undergraduate Horticulture Student and the Outstanding Senior in the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department for 2015.
Rudy credits SVCC with providing him a fun and exciting time that formed a strong foundation for him to grow upon while at Virginia Tech. He showed his leadership at SVCC by serving as president of Phi Theta Kappa and leading an initiative to create a 5K run to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Rudy also served as the official photographer for the SVCC agribusiness program.
Following graduation in May, Rudy will enter a management position at Riverbend Nursery in Riner, Virginia, where he will contribute the agribusiness, horticultural, leadership, and teamwork skills that he has enhanced through his years of outstanding educational and extra-curricular achievement.