CHELAN, Wash. — A Lake Chelan High School graduate was among 17 people honored at the White House, July 29, as Agricultural Champions of Change.

Magdaleno De Jesus Rodriguez was one of two high school students so honored and was chosen through an FFA and USDA program, said Jennifer Witherbee, executive director of the Washington Apple Education Foundation in Wenatchee.

Rodriguez has received scholarships through the foundation from Syngenta and Chelan Fruit Cooperative totaling $3,500, to attend Wenatchee Valley College this fall, Witherbee said.

His mother, Morena Rodriguez, sorts fruit for Chelan Fruit, and his father, Magdaleno Rodriguez, works for a Chelan-area grower, she said. The younger Rodriguez also has worked in orchards, she said. He intends to pursue a career in horticulture, according to a White House website.

— Dan Wheat

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