Merriam Martin with US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

An area high school student was recognized for her writing skills.  After noticing a call for entries Meadville High School junior Merriam Martin decided to participate in the National Ag Day Essay Contest..

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Martin won a 1-thousand dollar scholarship and a three day excursion to Washington DC.  During her stay in the nation’s capital city she read the award winning essay to an audience industry represenatives including US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. 

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Martin says the decision to participate happened on a whim…

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The three day trip to the beltway was one she won’t forget..

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Martin’s essay is posted on the National Ag Day website.