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Grandson of Joan Whitaker Chosen to Work in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 • Posted November 18, 2009

COLLEGE STATION- Patrick McMahon, a 2006 graduate of Ballinger High School and a senior entomology major at Texas A&M University, recently began a fall 2009 internship in Washington, D.C. Patrick will spend the fall as an integral part of the House committee on Agriculture.Patrick is one of fifteen students selected for a policy internship through the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy (ANRP) Internship Program at Texas A&M University. Patrick’s duties include monitoring legislation, attending committee hearings and briefings, and preparing reports. Patrick is the son of Kevin and Terra McMahon of Coleman, Texas and the grandson of Joan Whitaker and the late Weldon Whitaker.“This internship program plays an integral role at Texas A&M,” says Breanne Svehla, director of the ANRP Internship Program. “It gives agricultural students the opportunity to gain real world experience in a challenging and rewarding environment. The ANRP Internship Program is one of the few in the nation specifically geared toward transforming today’s agricultural students into tomorrow’s leaders.”The program is in its 19th year of sending students to Washington, D.C. to work in congressional offices and other agricultural organizations. Since its inception, more than 700 Aggies have worked in Washington D.C. through the program. Each student receives course credit for their internship as well as a scholarship. Scholarships are provided by private donors and commodity organizations, such as: the Texas Corn Producers Board, the Texas Grain & Feed Association, Blue Bell Creameries, Texas Farm Bureau, the South Texas Cotton and Grain Association, and Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. To learn more about Patrick and his experiences, visit the program’s website at ger/nov 18 whitaker grandson

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