Saturday, March 4, 2017

3 Win Statewide Farm Bureau Youth Scholarships

Three New York high school seniors have received the distinct honor of being named statewide winners of the 2017 New York Farm Bureau Agricultural Youth Scholarship. 

Each student received district wide recognition and then competed for one of three statewide scholarships. The students must have a family Farm Bureau membership or a student Farm Bureau membership in order to qualify.  

A panel of judges selected the winners based on their essay submissions, as well as their applications, which include their community and agricultural engagement.

The first place winner is Carolyn Wright of Franklinville. She is a member of Cattaraugus County Farm Bureau in District 1 and will receive a $1,500 scholarship from New York Farm Bureau. 

Wright grew up on her family’s dairy farm and maple operation. Recently, she was the Western New York Maple Ambassador where she spent the year promoting maple syrup. She has also been very active in FFA. 

Wright is a senior at Ten Broeck Academy and Franklinville Central School and plans to attend college at either Alfred State College or Cornell University where she will study agricultural business and agriculture education.

The second place winner is Jane Miles from Himrod. She has had many responsibilities on her family’s vineyard in the Finger Lakes. She represents Yates County Farm Bureau in District 3. 

In addition to her work, Miles became active in New York Farm Bureau through her family, attending meetings and lobby days. She is a senior at Penn Yan Academy and plans to continue her education at either Clemson University or University of Central Florida majoring in agribusiness management. Miles will receive a $1,200 scholarship from New York Farm Bureau.

The third place winner receiving a $1,000 scholarship is Elizabeth Klosky of Cornwall-on-Hudson. 

Representing Orange County Farm Bureau in District 10, Klosky became involved in agriculture in the seventh grade when she began raising game birds. She also assists in her family’s maple operation and produces honey from their six beehives. 

4-H has been an important activity for Klosky as well as volunteering at a local goat farm. With a goal to work on farm sustainability issues in the future, the Cornwall Central High School senior would like to attend Cornell University to pursue a degree in biological engineering with an emphasis in agriculture.

Other district scholarship winners include:

District 2: Melissa Keller is from Corfu, Genesee County, where she attends Pembroke Junior/Senior High School. Upon graduation, she will attend junior college with plans to transfer to a four-year school focusing on agriculture and livestock evaluation.

District 4: Sydney Jewell is from Spencer, Tioga County, where she attends Spencer–Van Etten High School. She plans to pursue a degree in animal science and eventually become a veterinarian.

District 5: Addison Randall is from Cuyler, Cortland County, where she attends DeRuyter Central School. After graduating, she will be attending SUNY Cobleskill studying sustainable agriculture.

District 6: Camille Ledoux is from Croghan, Lewis County, where she attends Beaver River Central School. She plans to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she will major in biology before moving on to veterinary school.

District 8: Julia Houser is from Greenwich, Washington County, where she attends Greenwich Junior-Senior High School. She will attend either SUNY Cobleskill or Cornell in the fall to study dairy science. 

District 9: Cheyanne Matulewich is from Grahamsville, Sullivan County, where she attends Tri-Valley Central School. Upon graduation, she will attend SUNY Cobleskill to earn a degree in agricultural sciences.

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