First SC Scholarship Winners Set the Bar High
A deep and very talented field of young people with big plans in the agricultural world made selecting the winners a really tough endeavor in the first Show Circuit Scholarship Contest. While there were many deserving youth that applied, our six winners rose to the top with a combination of excellent grades, an amazing degree of involvement in 4-H, FFA, junior breed associations and dedicated volunteer time with other community programs. They've already invested a lot of time in jobs, internships or on the family farm gaining valuable work experience.
They also have in common a sincere desire and targeted plan to be part of a bright future in agriculture as they go through college and start on career paths. Join us in congratulating these future industry leaders!
$500 Career Division Winners
Agribusiness: Bailey Core
Bailey Core, 18, a senior at Pleasantville High School in Iowa, has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA while serving as president of the Iowa Junior Beef Breeds Board, Vice President of the National Junior Maine Anjou Board and she's served as her FFA chapter's president for two consecutive years. She's been a winner at local, state and national levels in every organization she's been involved with, including her show career. Bailey's been awarded the All Around Sweepstakes Award four times and is especially honored to have won three different breeds' National Junior Heifer Show Showmanship awards.
Bailey says: "To me, junior heifer shows were much more than just show day; they were about taking every opportunity given."
Agricultural Communications: Paige Wallace
As a 20-year-old sophomore at Butler Community College, Paige Wallace has made a successful transition from high school (in Missouri), where she was an Area FFA president and highly competitive in public speaking contests on a state level as well as national 4-H livestock judging, to college where she keeps a 4.0 GPA while serving as the 2011 Miss American Angus, co-hosting a weekly television show for RFD-TV, The Angus Report and being active in a variety of student organizations.
Paige says: "My career goals reflect this passion and I have no doubt that the rest of my life will continue to be surrounded by livestock. Whether that's working for an agricultural company in Washington D.C. or writing for a livestock magazine or maybe just working self employed from home on my family farm. I'm always striving to make a difference in agriculture, hoping to make a daily impact on this industry I've grown so fond of."
Animal Science: Jessica Harsh
If you're attending the Chianina/Maine Anjou Junior National Event in Ohio this summer, chances are you'll get to meet 17-year-old Jessica Harsh from Radnor, OH. As a representative on the American Junior Chianina Association Board, Jessica is helping to plan and work the event. She's also serving a two-year term with the Ohio Cattleman's Association BEST program, where she represents 300-plus exhibitors. Before graduating this year, she was president of both her 4-H club and her FFA chapter, and works for an insurance agency and a show cattle operation while keeping a 3.99 GPA.
Jessica says: "I had the privilege to speak at an 'Ag Weekend' seminar sponsored by TurnKey. People from the city, who have no farm background, were in attendance. I spoke about the benefits of agriculture from a 'kids' perspective. My opening line to them was, 'When you think of agriculture you most likely think of the food you see on your plate three times a day. But when I think of agriculture I think of the infinite number of possibilities that are in front of me from a leadership and future career perspective to serve the world.'"
Other: Kenzie Selke
A sophomore at Butler Community College, Kenzie Selke, 19, of Frankfort, IN, has worked on the family farm from a very young age. The work ethic learned by that work experience has led to a highly successful livestock judging career, the opportunity to serve in multiple leadership roles through 4-H, FFA, the Indiana Junior Beef Association Executive Board and the Butler Community College Agriculture Ambassador program. That's not to mention volunteering with a range of groups, both in high school and college, and maintaining a 3.92 GPA.
Kinzie says: "Due to the passionate educators and the priceless opportunities I have received due to 4-H, FFA and junior shows, it is my goal to become an agriculture teacher or extension agent. I hope to give my students the same opportunities. The idea of watching my students become passionate leaders in the agriculture industry is the driving force for my degree path."
$250 Partner Organization Division
Missouri Club Calf Association: Brianne Abramovitz
Brianne, 20, is an animal science/pre-vet major at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she maintains a 3.8 GPA while working with AbraKadabra Cattle Co., a 100-head Hereford herd that she co-owns. She's also active in student organizations and, as a pre-vet student, has spent more than 200 hours shadowing large animal and equine veterinarians to learn as much as she can. Her track record includes the usual officer positions in 4-H and FFA, the Missouri Junior Hereford Association, the Missouri Club Calf Association and more. But she also shined as a livestock judging team member – representing the U.S. at the Scottish Royal Highlands livestock judging contest in 2010.
Brianne says: "I would like to open my own reproductive clinic focusing on embryo transfer and/or other new technologies that are prevalent in the beef industry. I plan to continue raising Hereford Cattle and would like to continue showing at open shows such as the Missouri State Fair, American Royal and National Western if time allows."
Oklahoma Club Calf Association: Gabrielle Woods
After graduating from Tupelo High School as Salutatorian with a 3.63 GPA, Gabrielle will attend Oklahoma State University, majoring in animal science/pre-vet. Her high school resume is chock full of leadership and volunteer experiences, including founding a charity focused on providing quality of life for pediatric oncology patients. She's served as a district representative for OCCA, vice president of the Oklahoma Shorthorn Association and president of her FFA chapter. Her trophy shelf has not only cattle trophies, but also awards from her participation in Miss Teen Oklahoma and Miss Jr. Teen pageants and Presidential Call to Service Awards from Presidents Bush and Obama.
Gabrielle says: "I am always inspired by young women who want to shatter glass ceilings, but equally impressed by those who strive to continue tradition, even if they bring exciting innovation to the sustainability of agricultural pursuits."