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WDC student receives U of M Science Achievement Award

Photo provided University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Science (CFANS) Alumnus Clarence Horsager presents the Science Achievement Award to WDC FFA member Allison Monson.

Allison Monson, a student at the Wadena Deer Creek High School, has received a Science Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS).

The award recognizes Monson's strong interest in science and environment. As part of the award, Monson received the book Borlaug: the Mild-Mannered Maverick Who Fed a Billion People, written by Noel Vietmeyer. This book tells the story of Norman Borlaug, a CFANS graduate and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize who is credited with saving a billion people from starvation. Borlaug's vision and scientific rigor rescued several nations from famine and provided a blueprint for countering today's resurgence in global hunger.

The award was presented by CFANS alumnus Clarence Horsager of Verndale. The award is sponsored by CFANS Alumni Society, a 3,400-member organization dedicated to connecting alumni and friends to the college; supporting excellence in the educational experience; building college pride, spirit, and community; and enhancing the reputation of the college.

More information about the college is available at www.cfans.umn.edu. The college's priorities are to develop viable food and agricultural systems for the 21st century; to become a national center of excellence in research related to energy and products from renewable resources; to address fundamental issues related to global climate and environmental change; and to study the origin, distribution, economic value and conservation of biodiversity. More than 2,300 students are enrolled in the college's undergraduate and graduate programs.

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