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McCormick receives American FFA Degree

December 20, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Katherine McCormick received the American FFA Degree Oct. 24 at the 82nd annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

It is the highest degree awarded by the National FFA Organization and recognized Katherine's "demonstrated leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in agriculture business, production, processing and service programs."

Less than one in 154 FFA members advance through their local chapter and state FFA programs to earn this national degree.

Katherine, the daughter of David and Kendra McCormick of Smithsburg, is a junior at Purdue University majoring in large animal science with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine. Her supervised agricultural experience program involved her raising and owning duroc, hampshire and cross-bred market and breeding swine. She has exhibited her swine at local, state and national shows.

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At Purdue University, she is involved in the pre-veterinary club, Blocks & Bridle, and the Sigma Alpha national agricultural sorority. She is a member of the Clear Spring FFA Chapter and her agricultural education instructors and advisers are Terrie Shank and Susan Lowery.

Katherine received a gold American FFA Degree key, wallet ID card and a certificate to commemorate her earning the American Degree. The recognition program is sponsored by Chase IH, Farm Credit, Pioneer Hi-Bred, a Dupont Co., and Syngenta, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

For more information about FFA, go to www.ffa.org.

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