The Board of Trustees of Wayne County Farm Bureau is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 scholarships annually provided by the Farm Bureau members. Deserving students who are either high school seniors preparing to pursue either college or technical education or students currently pursuing post high school studies are recommended by a committee of community leaders and then approved by the trustees. Recipients must be members of Wayne County Farm Bureau and are chosen on qualities of academic performance and community involvement. Preference is given to students pursuing studies leading to a career in an agricultural field. The recipients of the 2016 scholarships are:
Zachary Studer, son of Brian and June Studer of Smithville. Zachary is a student at Connors State College in Oklahoma majoring in Animal Science. He will be transferring to Purdue University this fall. He recently was recognized through “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities”. In addition to his studies, Zachary participates on the university livestock judging team and the Aggie Club. As a youth he participated in 4-H, FFA, and was a 4-H youth camp counselor.
Philip Eberly, son of Daniel and Rebecca Eberly of Wooster. Daniel will be graduating from Northwestern High School and begin studies at The Ohio State University this fall majoring in Food Science and Technology. At Northwestern Philip has been on the honor roll all four years, received a superior rating at the state science fair, and was the principal oboist in the tri-county honors band. He is currently the president of his FFA chapter and heavily involved in school and community volunteer programs.
Christopher Shoup, son of Dean and Susan Shoup of Orrville. Christopher will graduate from Orrville High School this year and will be attending The Ohio State University this fall majoring in Agricultural Systems Management. At Orrville Christopher has been on the honor roll all four years and was an All OCC scholar athlete. He was involved in 4-H for ten years and was a youth camp counselor for 4-H. He also was in FFA. Chris has been involved in numerous school and community volunteer capacities in addition to his responsibilities on the family farm.
Daniel Hodge, son of Dan and Tamara Hodge of Wooster. Daniel is a student at OSU-ATI majoring in crop science and soil conservation. As a youth, Daniel was involved in 4-H for six years, worked on his family farm, and still found time to volunteer in school, church and community activities. Following completion of his Associate Degree, Daniel plans continue with the family farm and start his own agricultural business.
Katherine Shoup, daughter of Dean and Susan Shoup of Orrville. Katherine currently attends The Ohio State University where she is majoring in Agricultural Communications. In addition to her studies, Katherine is involved in Collegiate 4-H and Collegiate Young Farmers. As a youth she was involved in 4-H for eleven years and has volunteered in school, church and community projects too numerous to list.
Emily Caldwell, daughter of Bernie and LeeAnn Caldwell of Wooster. Emily is attending the University of Findlay majoring in Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary. She is on the dean’s list at Findlay and also plays basketball and is active in campus ministries. As a youth she was involved FFA, eleven years in 4-H (holding several offices), and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, in addition to numerous other activities and volunteer capacities.
Emily Horst, daughter of Duane and Bethany Horst of Smithville. Emily will be graduating from Smithville High School and begin studies at The Ohio State University in the fall majoring in Agricultural Science. At Smithville, Emily has been on the honor roll all four years; received the Outstanding Student Award in both Health and Chemistry; achieved Golden Apple Award (all A’s) every year; and earned advanced placement college credit. In addition to academic excellence, Emily is vice-president of her class and has been involved in 4-H, FFA, numerous school clubs, sports, church and community activities and volunteer capacities.