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For Immediate Release: July 7, 1999 Contact:

Hope Gruzlovic


From left to right - Sam Garrison, vice president of Princeton Agriculture Association and New Jersey Assistant Secretary of Agriculture; Marissa Cardona, Piscataway FFA Chapter; Luke G. McDade, South Hunterdon FFA Chapter; Gary Hoten, Howell Living History Farm, accepting for Laura Cooper, Hunterdon Central FFA Chapter; and Dr. Richard Ilnicki, president of Princeton Agriculture Association.

Three FFA members were honored on June 24 by the Princeton Agriculture Association for their leadership activities in agricultural education and the FFA organization. Each received a $50 savings bond in the Association's first "FFA Recognition Program." The Princeton Agriculture Association is a 132-year-old association that strives to encourage youth to pursue agricultural careers and to spread knowledge of new and better concepts of promoting agriculture.

Dr. Richard Ilnicki, president of the Princeton Agriculture Association, presented the awards to Marissa Cardona of Perth Amboy, a member of the Piscataway FFA Chapter; Luke G. McDade of Stockton, a member of the South Hunterdon FFA Chapter; and Laura Cooper of Lambertville, a member of the Hunterdon Central FFA Chapter.

"This was a leadership-focused award. Each contestant had to write three essays on the development of their leadership skills, their agricultural education activities as well as how local FFA activities can impact the agriculture industry positively," Association vice-president Sam Garrison noted. "The Princeton Agriculture Association compliments these young people for the leadership roles they have played and for their interest in agriculture."