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For Immediate Release
Youth from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Pennsylvania win National Farmers’ Farm Kids for College Scholarship
AMES, IOWA (May 1, 2012)—National Farmers’ Farm Kids for College national youth scholarship has named its top three
award recipients for 2012. Three high school students earned $1,000 each — Justin Stangel, Kewaunee, Wis., Connor McCormick,
Caledonia, Minn., and Kelley Jay, Artemas, Penn.
The Farm Kids for College Scholarship judges examined student applications, reviewing activities, academics and honors,
essays, references, future plans and involvement in independent agriculture. “These three young people ranked the highest, and
shared admirable plans to make contributions in agriculture,” says Helene Bergren, national scholarship coordinator. “Opportunities in
the industry continue to grow, and we are confident that these youth will be an asset to ag producers and their communities.”
A student at Kewaunee High School, Wisconsin’s Stangel has participated in FFA, National Honor Society, 4-H, Spanish
National Honor Society, football and received academic letters. He was a volunteer coach for flag football in 2011, and participated in
Skills USA 2012. He plans to attend University of Wisconsin-River Falls to major in agriculture education.
Attending Caledonia High School, McCormick has participated and held offices in FFA, National Honor Society, and 4-H. He
received the Governor’s Award for volunteer activities, and in football, received the Academic All-State Award and All-State Honorable
Mention. He also participated in wrestling, and track. McCormick plans to attend St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., and ultimately
pursue veterinary medicine.
Jay attends Everett Area High School, and has particiated, received awards and held offices in FFA, 4-H, and Future Business
Leaders of America. She was the Bedford County Dairy Princess, 2011-12, and was the 2009 and 2011 Outstanding 4-Her of the Year.
She was named to National Honor Society, serving as president, and was a class officer throughout high school. She plans to attend
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Penn., to major in animal science and pursue veterinary medicine.
The Farm Kids for College Scholarship competition is open to high school seniors committed to pursuing college degrees in
agricultural fields. “At National Farmers, we focus on helping ag producers succeed, and that extends to assisting ambitious students
who show passion for agriculture, and the drive and talent to succeed in college and in their future careers,” Bergren added.
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for producers nationwide.