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2011 Winners Farm Kids for College Scholarships
Contact: Perry Garner, communications director
...528 Billy Sunday Rd, Ames, Iowa  50010
For Immediate Release

National Farmers’ Farm Kids for College scholarship judges select winners from Iowa, Wisconsin, Kentucky

     AMES, IOWA (April 25, 2011)—National Farmers’ Farm Kids for College national youth scholarship has named its top three award recipients for 2011. Three high school students earned $1,000 each — Zach Tietz, Frederic, Wis., Kelsi Pringnitz, Garner, Iowa, and Lydia Richardson, Brandenburg, Ky.
     “The Farm Kids for College judging panel at the National Farmers headquarters in Ames, Iowa, reviewed student applications, looking at activities and honors, essays, references, future plans and involvement in independent agriculture, and these three students earned the highest scores,” says Helene Bergren, national scholarship coordinator. “These students are serious about making contributions to agriculture, understand the importance of family and independent farming in our country and offer great potential for the future.”
     Tietz, who attends Frederic High School, Frederic, Wis., plans to major in agricultural engineering technology at University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He plans to work in an industrial manufacturing setting, and eventually plans to operate his family’s dairy. For the last two years, he has operated his own custom round baling business, and has participated in Future Farmers of America, holding the offices of president, vice president and parliamentarian. He has earned the Greenhand Award, and has served on the Dairy Judging Team, winning the regional contest three years. He belongs to Indian Creek 4-H Club, serving now as president, and as vice president and treasurer previous years. He has also played football throughout high school. He is the son of Joe and Donna Tietz of Frederic, Wis.
     Pringnitz attends Garner-Hayfield High School, Garner, Iowa. She plans to attend South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D., majoring in agricultural business, economics and/or agricultural promotions. She has been an FFA member from 2008 to 2011, participating on the Conduct of Meetings Team, winning first place at sub-district and third at the district competition. She earned the Swine Proficiency Award, received the Iowa Farmer Degree and served as chapter treasurer. In her 4-H club, she has served as treasurer, and has been a National Honor Society member since 2009, and in track since 2008. She is the daughter of Jesse and Angela Pringnitz of Garner, Iowa.
     Lydia Richardson, Brandenburg, Ky., attends La Rue County High School, Hodgenville, Ky. She plans to attend Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, majoring in horticulture. She has been involved in FFA throughout high school, serving as vice president, and in 4-H, earning the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. She also served as a National 4-H Congress Delegate. She has been involved in Future Business Leaders of America, Y-Club, served on student council and participated in varsity soccer. She also participated in an FFA-Kentucky Soybean Association YouTube contest, producing a video about how Kentucky farmers take good care of their livestock.
     The Farm Kids for College national scholarship competition is open to high school seniors committed to pursuing college degrees in agricultural fields. National Farmers provides professional marketing and risk management services for grain, livestock and dairy commodities, as well as farm financial services for producers nationwide.
     “At National Farmers, we are happy to help students who have such great potential to succeed in college and agricultural careers,” Bergren added.