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Clover state FFA leader meets President Bush

CLOVER -- Flint Holbrook, a rising senior at Clover High School, had an opportunity not all high-schoolers have.

As the president of South Carolina Future Farmers of America Association, he recently met with President George Bush for a 45-minute talk at the White House.

Along with the National FFA officer team and officers from other states, they talked about the president's day-to-day life and decision-making process.

"It was really nice," said Holbrook, who has been serving as an FFA chapter officer at Clover High. "He was a really nice man to talk to, not because he is the president but because he was really interesting."

Holbrook said they also discussed the president's thoughts on biofuel but not his policies regarding the issue.

"He thinks it's the future," Holbrook said, adding that Bush said people have to do everything possible to avoid depending on petroleum.

Holbrook has been engaged with biodiesel fuel research and experimentation at his home for about three years and recently prepared a documentary on how to build a processor to produce biodiesel fuel. He has spoken about the production and use of biodiesel fuel at several agricultural and environmental conferences in South Carolina and Georgia. He is currently serving as the youth advisor to the Clemson University Biosystems Technology Curriculum Development Comittee.

While in Washington attending the national conference, Holbrook also met with US Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer, US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, and several members of congress including York native John Spratt.