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CLEMSON, SC… Jacob C. Cathcart of Irmo, SC, a Clemson University junior majoring in Agricultural Education, is the recipient of the John W. Parris Agricultural Leadership Award for 2018. The award was presented to Jacob by his twin brother Austin, president of the Clemson Collegiate FFA Organization, at the recent annual awards and recognition banquet.    


Jacob has provided dynamic leadership promoting the mission of the Collegiate FFA Organization by planning and leading superb educational tours for its members and the Agricultural Education faculty and by conducting record-breaking fund-raising events for Agricultural Education scholarships.


An outstanding FFA member since high school, Jacob served as president of the Lexington-Richland School District Five FFA Chapter and competed in the national finals as a member of the State Championship FFA Livestock Evaluation Team, the State Championship FFA Agricultural Mechanics Team and the State Championship FFA Nursery-Landscape Team.  He has attended the National FFA Convention four times and was awarded the prestigious American FFA Degree in October 2018.


Jacob is employed by the Simpson Agricultural Research and Education Center at Clemson University during the school year and at the White Oak Conference Center during the summer. An active member of the Riverland Hills Baptist Church in Columbia, Jacob is the son of Christopher and Robin Cathcart of Irmo.


The John W. Parris Agricultural Leadership Award was established several years ago and named in honor of Mr. Parris of Columbia, SC, a nationally recognized leader in agriculture and natural resource conservation with 60 years of professional service. A recipient of the 600,000-member National FFA Organization’s VIP Award, Mr. Parris was the first South Carolinian named to the National Conservation Hall of Fame and is the only South Carolinian to be honored with the National Professional Conservationist Award.