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Farm Tech Days awards 3 scholarships

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SELECTION CRITERIA: Scholarship recipients were chosen based on their volunteer efforts before and during this year’s Wisconsin Farm Technology Days hosted by Wood County, plus scholastic achievements, and school and community activities.
Three Wisconsin students will split $3,500.

Wisconsin Farm Technology Days Inc. has announced the recipients of three scholarships presented to youth who were involved as volunteers for this year’s Wisconsin Farm Technology Days hosted by Wood County, Wis. Scholarship recipients were chosen on the basis of their volunteer efforts before and during the Wood County show, scholastic achievements, as well as school and community activities. Scholarship recipients must live in Wood County or an adjoining county.

• Jenna Snortheim, a senior at Auburndale High School, will receive a $2,000 scholarship to attend University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where she intends to major in agricultural education. At Farm Technology Days, Snortheim was involved with the Youth Committee, starting with the planning process two years before the show and continuing to work in many different areas of the Youth Campus at the show. She also worked in several other areas at the show, helping set up the National Farm Medicine Center display, raking mulch in the exposition and food tents, and taking down fencing after the show.

Snortheim is a four-year FFA member and has served as treasurer, vice president and president. She was awarded the Greenhand Degree and Chapter Degree, and was chosen to attend the FFA Washington Leadership Conference. She has also been a longtime 4-H member, serving as secretary, vice president and president of her club. She has been a member of the Wood County Livestock Judging Team, attended the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Conference, and was selected as the 2017 Central Wisconsin State Fair Junior Fairest of the Fair.  She is active in her church, serving as server and reader for mass and singing in the choir.

Jillian Tyler, a recent graduate of Granton Area Schools, will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship, which she will use to attend UW-River Falls, where she plans to major in agricultural education. Tyler volunteered to work in the Wisconsin Team Ag Ed booth for two days of Farm Tech Days, where she promoted agricultural education and answered visitor questions.

Active in her high school FFA chapter, Tyler received numerous awards, including the State Degree in 2018. She served in several leadership capacities, including local chapter president and state FFA vice president in 2018. She was also a quiz bowl team district winner, FFA Creed speaking contest district winner, parliamentary procedure team state finalist and prepared public speaking district winner.

Tyler’s school activities included National Honor Society, Student Council and being class president. She has been active in her community as well, working with Hunger Rally, Adopt-a-Highway, Granton Fall Festival, Christmas Angel Project, Project Merry Christmas, Relay for Life, Red Cross blood drives and the Granton Community Park Picnic.

• Martina Schulz, Arpin, who graduated from Pittsville High School, will receive a $500 scholarship to attend Southwest Technical College in Fennimore, where she plans to study agribusiness and animal science. Schulz was involved with the cranberry exhibit in Innovation Square at Farm Tech Days. She worked all three days of the show, helping set up and tear down the exhibit. She also worked with the youth aspects of the exhibit, helping visitors experience a slice of the cranberry industry.

Schulz was active in school activities, including serving as baseball manager for four years, participating in solo and ensemble contests for four years, singing in the show choir, and obtaining the lead role in the high school musical. She was an active FFA member, winning the FFA Star Award-State Proficiency Award in Specialty Farming, and was selected as the Wisconsin State Fair Supreme Champion Showman for sheep.

Source: Wisconsin Farm Technology Days

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