Hayden McCord placed fourth at the National FFA Agriscience fair.
McCord is a Senior at Thomson High School and has been doing these agriscience fairs for the last four years, so he was no stranger to this event.
Rick Dubose is the FFA advisor at Thomson High School and he also teaches agriculture.
“Hayden competed in agriscience fair in middle school, in eighth grade, and competed in nationals in ninth grade,” Dubose said. “So I knew he had what it takes to be successful in agriscience research and following the scientific method and competing against other individuals.”
McCord has a passion for scientific research and he wants to make an impact and see how he can benefit others around him.
For his agriscience project, McCord conducted research to see if there was any residual lactose in lactose free milk.
“I set up a research experiment through actually testing for glucose, which lactose is made of both, glucose and lactose,” McCord said. “When it’s broken down you can test for increases in glucose to see if there was any residual lactose.”
McCord’s main goal was to test something people were familiar with, lactose intolerance. He wanted to make sure his project was relatable to people who may come across his research.
“I just have a passion for research,” McCord said.
McCord’s fourth-place finish was his best yet and he also achieved the gold rank.
Not only is McCord getting his high school diploma but he will also be getting his associates degree in biology from Georgia Military College this year.