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Three Midwest youth win National Farmers’ 2016 Farm Kids for College Scholarships
AMES, Iowa (May 3, 2016)—Students from Ohio, Missouri and Wisconsin ran away with the wins in National Farmers’ 2016 Farm Kids for College Scholarship competition. And all three intend to direct their futures toward animal agriculture.
Garrett Stanfield, Manchester, Ohio, Rebecca Sjostrand, Hartsburg, Mo., and Allissa Frisle, Prairie Farm, Wis., earned top points in the competition, which requires students to write two agriculture-related essays, detail their involvement in independent agriculture and future plans, and provide evidence of academic and community achievement.
Stanfield will graduate from Mason County High School, Maysville, Ky. He assists with beef herd management on his family’s farm in Ohio, including daily care, such as nutrition and breeding decisions. He also helps during calving and with record keeping.
Stanfield is president of the Mason County High School FFA chapter, and is regional vice president. He also serves as a trustee on the board of the American Junior Simmental Association. He earned the Kentucky FFA State Degree in 2015, is part of National Honor Society and participates in 4-H breeding and market projects. He plans to attend Redlands Community College, El Reno, Okla., and ultimately earn a bachelor’s degree in animal science. He intends to work in the livestock genetics industry to optimize livestock breeding, and become part of improving sustainability in the beef industry.
Sjostrand will graduate from Southern Boone County High School, Ashland, Mo. Through the Supervised Agriculture Experience Program in FFA, she started a swine and poultry operation, and markets, poultry, eggs and market hogs to the public, including local restaurants.
Sjostrand has served as president, vice president and reporter of the Southern Boone County High School FFA chapter, and as Area Officer. She has also served as president of Englewood 4-H Club, and belongs to National Honor Society. She plans to attend University of Missouri at Columbia, majoring in animal science, then continue her education in veterinary school to become a large animal veterinarian.
Frisle will graduate from Prairie Farm High School, and is involved in her family’s farm, FrisleVue Holsteins, which includes a 75-cow milking herd. She owns about 20 Holsteins, either in whole, or in part, with her sisters. She assists with barn preparation and afternoon milking, vaccinations and general herd health. Additionally, she has input into sire selection, and assists with calf and heifer feeding.
Frisle’s activities include Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association, FFA, 4-H, Family, Community and Career Leaders of America, Forensics, National Honor Society, Science Olympiad, Youth in Christ, band, sports and drama. In FFA, she earned the Greenhand Award, Top Scholar Award and Blue and Gold Award. She has been on the A honor roll every semester. She plans to attend University of Wisconsin at Madison, majoring in dairy science.
Scholarship recipients must major in an agricultural career field at an accredited college or university. The competition is open to high school seniors, and the award is for the college freshman year. The competition is launched each fall, with three winners being announced the subsequent spring. For more information, see the About Us section of nationalfarmers.com.