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Rebecca M. Creighton was awarded a $500 2013 Charles County Farm Bureau scholarship by David Hancock Jr., president of Charles County Farm Bureau.

The scholarship was awarded July 14 at the annual picnic held at Nancy Wolfe’s farm in Allens Fresh.

The scholarship provides financial support to a student in an agriculture-related curriculum, which will enable them to grow, prosper and contribute to the community, according to a news release from the farm bureau.

Creighton is the daughter of Rochelle and Greg Creighton-Tompa of Bryans Road.

She graduated from North Point High School in 2011.

Creighton’s interest in farming and agriculture started when she was 13, after she decided she wanted to purchase a rabbit.

Her mother advised her to join 4-H and learn animal husbandry.

She went from being a Girl Scout and cheerleader to a first-generation farmer.

Over a five-year span, Creighton’s 4-H animal projects expanded to breeding sheep, goats, hogs and cows.

She taught herself how to care for her animals with help from experienced farmers.

She showed her animals at the local fair, and in 2011, she was awarded grand champion for a pair of market hogs.

She took on the leadership role in 4-H by holding the positions of secretary and president of the Farmers Fortune 4-H Club and the Rabbit 4-H Club.

Creighton has volunteered as a tribe leader and counselor at 4-H day and overnight camps.

Her involvement with 4-H continues as she works with Charles County to become a registered adult volunteer.

In 2010, Creighton was named Miss Charles County Farm Bureau and also was the fourth runner-up of the Miss Maryland Agriculture Contest, which was held at the State Fair in Timonium.

She also participated in agriculture in the classroom, where she taught elementary school children about agriculture.

Creighton is a member of Sigma Alpha professional agricultural society and belongs to Block and Bridle at the University of Maryland.

She works part time in administration for the Maryland 4-H Center and also at University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center as a nursing assistant during her summer break.

Creighton will return to the University of Maryland, College Park in the fall as a junior, majoring in agricultural science and technology.

Interested seniors may apply for the Charles County Farm Bureau scholarship for the 2014-15 school year by obtaining an application from school career counselors or emailing the farm bureau at ricefarms3@gmail.com.

Deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 1.

Applicants must be residents of Charles County.

For information about the scholarship, call 800-248-9012