Katelyn Stagg (center) is pictured here with her brother Ethan (left) and her sister Emily (right) as they place ears of corn into a crawfish sack at a corn field in Whiteville. The Stagg siblings hand pick the corn and sell the ears as a way of raising money for college. The older Stagg will be attending LSU-A in the fall for nursing before going to school to be a nurse anesthetist. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)
With the ever increasing cost of college tuition and the ever increasing cuts to the state’s Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS), students and their parents are sent scratching to find ways to cover the difference. Because of this, one recent high school graduate from Whiteville, with the help of her family, has started scratching in the dirt to grow corn in order to raise money for college.