Bria Spaulding, a sophomore student attending historically black Central State University, and is also a member of the university’s woman’s basketball team playing the point guard position, has been keeping herself busy over the summer working “in the forests of Kentucky as an intern for the United States Department of Agriculture.” Spaulding, a true freshman who played in all 30 contests last year for the Lady Marauders Basketball Team and started 8 games, could also possibly take over and lead the Lady Marauders this year as a key on-court, and off-court player on the team: “She is projected to compete for the starting point guard position,” reports the Central State Marauders Athletics website.
This experience has given me tools that I can use in my line of work in the future. The internship has also taught me leadership skills which I can use on the court heading into next season. I am so grateful for this experience and I appreciate Central State for aiding me in this opportunity.
“Central State point guard Bria Spaulding is spending her summer in the forests of Kentucky as an intern for the United States Department of Agriculture.
Working specifically with the department’s Forest Service Agency, Spaulding along with CSU ROTC student Joseph Coleman have been conducting natural gas and oil well inspections throughout the Daniel Boone National Forest Lands. Spaulding has also learned many facets about the agency which manages and protects 154 national forests and 20 grasslands throughout 44 states and Puerto Rico.
“This experience has given me tools that I can use in my line of work in the future,” Spaulding says. “The internship has also taught me leadership skills which I can use on the court heading into next season. I am so grateful for this experience and I appreciate Central State for aiding me in this opportunity.”
As an intern, Spaulding is part of the Forest Service Agency’s Pathways Program, which focuses on career development for students who are currently enrolled in qualifying educational programs.
An agriculture major, Spaulding will complete her internship throughout the next few weeks before returning to CSU for her sophomore year. Spaulding looks to continue to build on an already impressive resume. In April, she was selected to represent CSU at the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum. She has also recently been elected to serve as president of CSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and is a key member of the Make-A-Wish campaign on campus. She excelled in the classroom last year, making the Dean’s List in the fall and spring semesters.”
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