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Animal pharmaceutical company supports FFA

Posted: September 22, 2015 4:28 p.m.
Updated: September 23, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Meredith Phillips and Alicia Cook (second from right and far right) with South Carolina Equine Associates (SCEA) present a certificate representing a financial donation to the Applied Technology Education Center (ATEC) to student Taylor Thompson. Others looking on are (from left) ATEC Agriculture teacher and Future Farmers of America advisor Katie Gilson; the SCEA’s Sheryl Shumate; and ATEC students Duncan Gillis, Camri Thompson, Luke Pruitt, Matthew Stokes and Jordan Atkinson.

Two Kershaw County chapters of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) are benefiting from the generosity of animal pharmaceutical company Zoetis, which is the animal medications division of Pfizer. The FFA programs at the Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) and North Central High School were chosen as this year’s recipients. The choices were made by the South Carolina Equine Associates (SCEA) in Camden.

ATEC teacher and FFA advisor Katie Gilson said the $263 gift her program received will be used to help send students to the national FFA convention.

“We are very grateful for them nominating us for this opportunity to have this check. The check will help pay for our expenses to the national FFA convention in Louisville, Kentucky on the last week of October,” Gilson said. 

Student Duncan Gillis said he enjoys learning agriculture at ATEC and plans for a career in forestry.

“We learn how to drive tractors, drive the Gator. We work in the greenhouse, plant plants,” Gillis said.

The North Central FFA program also received $263. North Central FFA advisor George Morrow said the generosity of SCEA and Zoetis is beneficial to the students.

“We appreciate all the help we get from the agricultural areas of our community. We will use these funds to help with expenses for different trips we will go on, including our trip to the national FFA convention at the end of October,” Morrow said. “Without people like Equine Associates, some of our students may not be able to participate in some of the FFA events.

The amount of the annual award is based on the amount of Zoetis products purchased by the SCEA within the year.

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