This just in…and I’m bursting with grandfatherly pride…

by David

…Church had just been accepted into the veterinary school at Cornell University!

For the past two years, he’s been running Thistle Hill Farm and its herd of purebred Devon. All the while he’s pursed a graduate degree in biology at George Mason University. Before that he was graduated from Denison University in Ohio.

If that wasn’t enough, Church also wrangled a few pigs and worked for our local vet at Rose Hill veterinary service. And somehow he’s managed the time to help his uncle at Tolsons Appliance, a longtime family store.

Church’s achievements more than justify his grandmother’s belief in him. She was always his biggest booster! And a key moment in his young career was spending a summer working at Jim Gerrish’s ranch in Idaho.

Cornell’s vet school…for those outside farming…is one of the top, if not THE top, veterinary colleges in the country. More than 3,000 people vie every year for just 100 openings. It has been likened to the Harvard Medical School for physicians.

Not long ago Church was named one of the Outstanding Young Cattlemen in the entire nation. This admission to Cornell eclipses everything!

And I also don’t want to forget to congratulate mom and dad who have sweated out this every step of the way!