Scholarship recipients announced

John Kirby: Fred Pursley $1000 Scholarship recipient

John is the son of Glen and Jennifer Kirby of Lebanon, Ohio. His family has been active in farm bureau, volunteering and attending events. They have approximately 20 laying hens along with steers, hogs and a few dogs, all of which he helps take care of. John attended Lebanon high school where he was a member of the national honor society, Future Business Leader of American member and involved in 4H. He also played football, Lacrosse and Wrestled. John plans to continue to play football at college when he attends Rose-Hulman institute of Technology in Terre Haute Indiana this fall. He plans to major in Mechanical/Agricultural Engineering.  Once he completes his bachelor’s degree he hopes to work for an agriculture equipment company such as John Deere and improve the devices of our nation. Congratulations John.


Hannah Kirby: Farm Bureau $1000 Scholarship recipient

Hannah is the daughter of Glen and Jennifer Kirby of Lebanon, Ohio.  Hannah’s family farms hens, steer, and hogs.  Hannah will be starting her 4th year at the Ohio State University pursuing her degree in Agribusiness and applied Economics. While at Ohio State she has served as Second Vice President, Membership Educator in Sigma Alpha, Alpha Chapter and the National Agricultural Marketing Association.  Hannah and her family have been active volunteers with the fair booth and farmer share breakfast.  Hannah has been involved in 4-H as a member and a counselor.  After college Hannah plans to start a career that includes positions focused in agri marketing and sales management. Congratulations Hannah


Chelsey Younkman: Farm Bureau $1000 Scholarship recipient

Chelsey is the granddaughter of Bernie Younkman of Lebanon, Ohio. Chelsea will begin her first year in college this fall at Cedarville University. Her major will be Business Administration.  Chelsey plans to continue with pursuing a master’s degree once her bachelor’s degree is achieved.  Chelsey has been a very active part of Farm Bureau , she has assisted with the Milk Booth and participated in the famers share breakfast and has attended the Ohio Leadership conference for  two years.  Chelsea has also read the book ‘How did that get in my lunchbox’ for the Ag in the class program. Chelsey ‘s long list of achievements are a perfect example of why she was a great choice to receive this scholarship. Congratulations Chelsey.


Dana Bullock: Farm Bureau $1000 Scholarship recipient

Dana is the daughter of David and Jennifer Bullock of Lebanon, Ohio where Dana has been involved with many 4H livestock projects that included market goats, market hogs, market steers and feeder calves. Dana also worked with newborn calves, by helping move and sort cattle and cleaning stalls. Dana is a sophomore at Miami University pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Her plans are to pursue a career in marketing agricultural commodities and livestock.  Dana’s short term plan is to obtain an internship in this field for the summer following her sophomore year to gain experience. Dana has been an active participate with the Farmers share breakfast and the Warren County Fair for many years. As well, Dana has been active in 4H, serving as Vice President and on the Junior Fair board. Dana also served in the Future Business Leaders. Dana was the 2014 Fred Pursley Scholarship Winner. Congratulations Dana


Morgan Stegemiller: Farm Bureau $1000 Scholarship recipient

Morgan is the daughter of Mark & Heidi Stegemiller of Franklin, Ohio where Morgan takes care of her Alpacas. Morgan cares for them by giving them shots, vitamins and bottles. She also helps cared for the newborn babies. Morgan participated in 4-H  as president, vice president, and secretary. She played varsity basketball and volleyball. Morgan was also a member of the National honor society. She has also been an active volunteer with our Farmers share breakfast and Milk booth at the fair. Morgan will be attending Ohio State University where she will pursue a Bachelor degree in Animal Sciences. Her plans are to receive her degree and go on to veterinary school and become a large/food animal veterinarian. Congratulations Morgan.

Wesley Wehrle: Farm Bureau $500 Scholarship recipient

Wesley is the son of Dan & Karen Wehrle of Lebanon, Ohio. Wesley will attend The Ohio State University this fall. He will pursue a bachelor’s degree in Economics.  Wesley has been active in 4H since 2006 and a 4H camp counselor since 2012. When Wesley is not caring for his sheep and rabbits he is working at Whits frozen custard. Wesley has been a member of the National honor society and was a varsity tennis player in high school. Congratulations Wesley


Evan Smrtnik: Farm Bureau $500 Scholarship recipient


Evan is the son of John & Julie Smrtnik of Lebanon, Ohio. Evan will begin his 4th year at Wright State University this fall. Evan is working towards his Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering, Evan then plans to pursue his Masters degree afterwards. Evan and his family have been dedicated volunteers at the Farmers share breakfast and with the County fair events.  Evan is currently a 3rd year 4-H advisor, and camp counselor and has been active in the 4H program for the past 16 years.  Evan also served on the Jr.  fair board. Congratulations Evan