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Clear Spring's Shirk earns top FFA degree

November 07, 2006

Clear Spring FFA member Lindsay Shirk received the American FFA Degree at the 79th National FFA Convention on Oct. 28.

The honor is the highest degree awarded by the National FFA organization.

It recognizes "Lindsay's demonstrated leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing and service programs," Clear Spring FFA adviser Terrie Shank said.

Fewer than one in 165 FFA members advance through their local chapter and state FFA degree programs to earn this national honor, Shank said.

Shirk, the daughter of Edwin and Bonnie Shirk of Clear Spring, was president of the Maryland FFA Association in its 2005-06 year. She is attending Delaware Valley College, majoring in environmental science.

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In addition to Shank, Shirk's other FFA adviser is Susan Lowery.

In recognition of her national achievement, Shirk received a gold American FFA Degree key, wallet ID card and a framed certificate.

The recognition program is sponsored by Case IH, The Farm Credit System Foundation and Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The national FFA convention is the nation's largest annual youth gathering.

FFA is a national youth organization with 490,017 student members preparing for leadership careers in the science, business and techology of agriculture with 7,210 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

By its code, "FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education."

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