Andrea Fristoe

Cathcart is President of Clemson University FFA Organization

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Mar 13, 2018

SOUTH CAROLINA AGRI-NEWS SERVICE

JOHN W. PARRIS, DIRECTOR

PO BOX 8312

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA 29202

scffa@bellsouth.net 803-315-2987

March 12, 2018

 

 

CATHCART IS PRESIDENT OF CLEMSON UNIVERSITY FFA ORGANIZATION

 

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COLUMBIA, SC……Austin D. Cathcart of Irmo, SC, a 2016 graduate of Spring Hill High School, is serving as president of the Collegiate FFA Organization at Clemson University for school year 2017-18, reports John W. Parris, director of the SC Agri-News Service. The Collegiate FFA Organization is made up of students majoring in Agricultural Education and others who were active in FFA in high school but are majoring in other agricultural fields at Clemson.

          

“The mission of the FFA is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success,” Mr. Parris said.

           

Austin and his twin brother, Jacob, who plan to be agricultural educators when they graduate from Clemson University in 2020, are direct descendants of the first Smith-Hughes Federally-funded agricultural educator in South Carolina one hundred years ago by the name of Thomas Cathcart. 

            

Active in the FFA in high school, Austin was a member of the 2014 State FFA Livestock Judging Team and competed in the national finals held at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. He took top honors in the 2015 State FFA Extemporaneous Speaking Finals and was recognized as a semi-finalist in the national competition. A delegate to the 2015 Commissioner’s School of Agriculture at Clemson University, Austin received the Thomas Dobbins Founder’s Award for his superb leadership as a delegate. A member of the 2016 State FFA Nursery-Landscape Team, he served as an official delegate to the National FFA Convention that year. He also served as president of the SC FFA Association in 2016-17.

          

An Eagle Scout and an active member of the Riverland Hills Baptist Church near Columbia, Austin is the son of Christopher and Robin Cathcart of Irmo, SC. He is employed by the LeMaster Dairy Center while at Clemson University and at the White Oak Conference Center in Fairfield County when he is home on break.

         

“Austin is at the top of the list of outstanding FFA members in the nation as evidenced by his successful participation in FFA activities at the state and national levels and by his dynamic leadership ability,” Mr. Parris added.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Note to Editor: For additional information contact John W. Parris at 803-315-2987 and Austin D. Cathcart at 803-603-7346 .

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