by: SUBMITTED  - Katelin WalkerClackamas High School senior Katelin Walker was selected from more than 100 other Future Farmers of America members for a $2,500 scholarship that was announced last week.

Walker, vice president of the North Clackamas FFA chapter and president of the Mt. Hood District FFA, plans to attend Oregon State University to become an agricultural educator and one day start her own FFA chapter.

Walker won a gold medal in last year’s FFA National Agriscience Fair. She said that her involvement in FFA helped her to develop “a passion to speak with people, help people and educate them.”

Innovacyn, which makes Vetericyn animal wound and skin care products, awarded a total of three scholarships to FFA members out of more than 130 high school seniors who submitted entries last month. The other two winners were Isabella Curtoni of Farmington, Calif., and Brett Wilder of Meridian, Idaho.

Applicants were judged on their answers to three essay questions, as well as their demonstrated commitment to the agriculture industry through classes, internships and life experiences.

“After meeting so many bright, articulate students at last year’s FFA convention, we wanted to increase our support of these future leaders as they advance their education,” said Bob Burlingame, chief executive officer of Innovacyn and former FFA member. “The skills I learned as an FFA member have helped me throughout my career. It’s truly rewarding to come full circle and help students as they begin their professional journey.”

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