National Farmers - 2018 Farm Kids for College Winners
Phenom Farm Kids
Three star students of agriculture are claiming victory in the 2018 Farm Kids for
College Scholarship competition, winning among a field of 17 finalists representing
every region of the United States.
And the Winners Are
Brandon Strupp, Hartford, Wis.
Nick McCleave, Harrisonville, Mo.
Luke Wolfisberg, Everson, Wash.
Wisconsin’s Brandon Strupp
A senior at Hartford Union High School, Strupp is involved in his family’s custom
calf feeding operation, and formerly, the family dairy farm.
“Over the years I have watched Brandon deftly juggle the demands of raising sheep,
hogs, and dairy animals with his academics, and extracurricular activities like
band and baseball. Without a doubt, it is Brandon’s dedication and perseverance
that allow him to be successful in his countless activities,” said Jeff Ast, vice
president, Lallemand Specialties, Inc., in a recommendation letter.
In his FFA chapter, Strupp served as president, secretary and parliamentarian. He
earned the Star Greenhand Degree and placed fifth in the Wisconsin state FFA Beef
Placement Proficiency Award competition. Strupp plans to attend University of Wisconsin-Madison
to pursue a dairy science major. He intends to work in dairy nutrition, and own
a cattle operation. He is the son of Jeff and Carol Strupp.
Missouri’s Nick McCleave
Raised on his family’s beef cattle and row crop operation, McCleave is a senior
at Harrisonville High School. In FFA, he has served as the Area VII president and
chapter president, chapter treasurer, Greenhand president, and was named Star Greenhand
and chapter Star Farmer.
McCleave earned first place in his FFA area for Forage Production Proficiency, and
was first place in his district for Accounting II. He plans to attend University
of Missouri to major in agribusiness management and accountancy.
“Nick’s ambitions for his future are directed at staying involved in the family
farm operation as well as working for other farmers in a professional setting. His
goal of becoming certified as an accountant and working with farmers is a highly
needed skill set in agriculture. There are a lot of accountants out there, but only
a few that understand agriculture like Nick does,” said Marshall Streit, agriculture
adviser at Harrisonville’s Cass Career Center. He is the son of Randy and Janie
Wolfisberg lives on his family’s dairy farm and is a senior at Lynden High School.
He is involved in FFA, National Honor Society, and, in athletics, cross country,
soccer and swim teams. In FFA, he has served as the chapter secretary and won two
state team titles, on the Livestock Evaluation Team and on the Dairy Judging Team.
He has also been secretary, reporter and president of his 4-H club.
“My observation of Luke shows that he approaches everything he sets his mind to
with optimism and a strong sense of performing to the best of his ability,” said
Jean Laird, of Laird Dairy, where Wolfisberg works part-time. “In leadership, Luke
works alongside others to lead and teach by example.” Wolfisberg plans to attend
Washington Sate University, to major in agricultural economics and dairy science.
He is the son of Hans and Colleeen Wolfisberg.