Florence, S.C. – Clemson’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences (CAFLS) recognized outstanding alumni at an alumni event coinciding with the 2017 SC AgriBiz & Farm Expo.

The college honored alumni in the categories of Young Alumni, Professional Achievement, and Distinguished Service.

“I have had the opportunity to work with each of these recipients on various projects over the years and each of them is very deserving of this recognition,” said Sennah Honea, CAFLS Alumni Board Executive Director. “It is an honor to be able to recognize our alumni who are not only successful in their professions, but who also give back to their communities and Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences.”


The CAFLS Young Alumni Award is presented each year to no more than two young alumni for their ‘ever loyal’ dedication to Clemson and the CAFLS, and their impacts in business, leadership, community, educational, and/or philanthropic endeavors.

Will Amick

 Amick graduated in 2012 with a degree in Applied Economics and Statistics and a minor in business administration, and is currently a partner, advisor and registered representative with Amick and Associates in Columbia, SC, where he develops business and wealth management plans.

An active community member, he is part of the Lexington County Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher organization and a leader in South Carolina Ducks Unlimited.  He serves as chair of the Youth and Education Committee of the South Carolina Duck Stamp Program and also as the District Chair with the State Board of Directors of Ducks Unlimited.  Amick was recognized as recipient of the “District Chairman of the Year” in 2015.

Drake Yon

Drake Yon (L) with Bethel DuRant , President of the CAFLS Agriculture Alumni Board of Directors

Drake Yon (L) with Bethel DuRant, President of the CAFLS Agriculture Alumni Board of Directors.

Yon graduated Clemson in 2014 with a degree in Applied Economics and Statistics. As a Clemson student, Yon participated in the Block & Bridle Club, the Collegiate Cattlemen’s Association, and was a member of the Clemson University Livestock Judging Team.

Yon returned to his family’s cattle farm in Ridge Spring where he has been involved in the farm’s expansion into pecan growing. He also volunteers with the Ridge Spring Fire Department, Little League Baseball, and the Saluda County Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors.




The CAFLS Professional Achievement Award is presented to alumni for outstanding service and dedication in their professional responsibilities and accomplishments along with their service to CAFLS.

Blake Berry

Blake Berry (L) with Bethel DuRant, President of the CAFLS Agriculture Alumni Board of Directors

Blake Berry (L) with Bethel DuRant, President of the CAFLS Agriculture Alumni Board of Directors.

Berry earned his bachelors and master’s degrees in Agricultural Education in 2005 and 2006, respectively.  Berry has been the Agri-Science instructor at Pendleton High School since 2009, and was named Pendleton High School Teacher of the Year in 2011. He was also selected Outstanding Young Agricultural Educator in South Carolina and the Southeastern Region of the United States.  Berry has also been named one of six Outstanding Young Agricultural Educators in the nation by the National Association of Agricultural Educators.

As Pendleton FFA program leader, Berry has coached 40 State Championship FFA Teams and individuals in Career Development. His teams have competed in the national finals at the National FFA Convention and the National Land Judging finals. Berry also serves his community as a member and former president of the Pendleton Farmers Society and assists with the operation of the Pendleton Farmers Market during the summer and fall months.

Berry is a supervisory teacher for Clemson University Agricultural Education student teachers and has appeared many times on Clemson’s “Your Day” radio broadcast.  In 2013, he was named Clemson University’s Roaring Ten.

 Chalmers Carr

Carr graduated from Clemson in 1990 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. In 1999, he and his wife Lori Anne began Titan Farms in Ridge Spring, SC, where they cultivate more than 5,300 acres of peaches and 800 acres of vegetables. Titan Farms is a leader in quality, traceability, food safety and sustainability.

Carr currently serves on the USDA National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Committee, National Peach Council President, and on the Palmetto Agribusiness Council Executive Board.  Carr was a Farm Journal/Ag-Web Top Producer of the Year finalist in 2016 and was the Bayer Crop Science Produce Innovation Award Winner in 2015.

The Carrs began the Chalmers and Lori Anne Carr Creative Inquiry Endowment at Clemson to support cross curriculum students working on the production, promotion, marketing, economic impact, product development and research and development of fruits and vegetables.


The CAFLS Distinguished Service Award is awarded to one alumnus annually for outstanding service to Clemson University, success in professional or personal callings, and commitment to the communities to which they belong, and is the highest honor bestowed upon a CAFLS alumnus.

John Morse 

John Morse (L) with Bethel DuRant, President of the CAFLS Agriculture Alumni Board of Directors.

John Morse (L) with Bethel DuRant, President of the CAFLS Agriculture Alumni Board of Directors.

Morse received his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in entomology from Clemson in 1970 and 1974, respectively. Morse began his teaching career at Clemson in 1975 and retired as an Emeritus Professor of Entomology in 2008. He has authored more than 170 peer-reviewed publications, served as primary advisor for over 40 graduate students, and received several large research grants. He has worked internationally scientists and provided lectures and workshops for students.

In 1976, Morse helped to found the Clemson Montessori School and has longstanding involvement with the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics.  He has advised student research through the South Carolina Junior Academy of Sciences and also led annual workshops on Aquatic Insects for Boy and Girl Scouts.   Morse is also active in Pendleton City affairs, including chairing a city recycling committee and speaking up for local environmental preservation and quality-of-life issues. He and his wife, Suzanne, endowed the John and Suzanne Morse Chair of Arthropod Biodiversity.