Franklin County Farm Bureau awards 2020 scholarships

The Franklin County Farm Bureau has selected 14 deserving scholarship recipients based on superb academic performance, agricultural involvement and more. 

Timothy Sullivan has lived in southwestern Franklin County his whole life. Tim graduated from Grove City Christian High School and will be attending the Ohio State University with a major in agricultural engineering. Throughout Tim’s high school career, he has been involved in Madison County 4-H in multiple capacities. This includes exhibiting projects such as market hogs, breeding hogs and market goats, all on top off serving on the Madison County Junior Fair Board and as a 4-H Camp Counselor. At Grove City Christian, Tim participated in basketball, golf, student government and the National Honor Society. Tim has also worked at the annual Farm Science Review for the past three years.

Olivia Boysel is from Hilliard, Ohio, and is a 2017 graduate of Hilliard Davidson High School. She is currently majoring in mechanical engineering at the University of Toledo. Olivia is involved in the University of Toledo Engineering Council, a public forum for students and student organizations within the engineering college. Olivia loves being able to still be a part of Franklin County 4-H by helping younger kids with their livestock and horse projects.

Michaela Kopczewski is from Orient, Ohio, and is a recent graduate of Bishop Ready High School. Michaela plans to attend the Ohio State University ATI to study agronomy this fall. While in high school, Michaela participated in basketball, soccer and track. She was also involved in the Beta Club and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Michaela was a student ambassador, member of the Student Council and assisted with the school ministries.

Caleb Sullivan is from London, Ohio, and is a 2018 graduate of Grove City Christian High School. He is currently majoring in agricultural business and applied economics at the Ohio State University. At Ohio State, Caleb is involved in Ag Business Club, Cru @ OSU and intramurals.

Katie Smith is from Columbus and is a recent graduate of Bishop Ready High School. Katie will be studying to become a sonographer at the Ohio State University this fall. At Ohio State, she will be participating in the Environmental Scholars Program and hopes to join the women’s rowing team. While in school, Katie was involved in Student Council, FBLA, Beta Club, National Honor Society and Campus Ministry. Katie is active in Girl Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, 4-H and swimming. 

Erin Wisard is from Columbus, Ohio, and is a 2018 graduate of Worthington Kilbourne High School. Erin will be a junior this fall at Syracuse University and plans to continue studying forensic science, chemistry and women’s and gender studies. While in high school, Erin was involved in the hip-hop dance team, Student Council and served as her senior class president.

Brooke Fleshman is from Galloway, Ohio. She attended Ohio Virtual Academy. Brooke has been a 4-H member since she was 5-years-old and is currently involved at the county, state and national level. She has volunteered over the past 10 years in Franklin County Farm Bureau events including Breakfast on the Farm, COSI Farm Days, Country Olympics, the ice cream social and the educational animal display at the Franklin County Fair. She plans to attend Columbus State Community College with the hopes of completing her degree at The Ohio State University in agriscience education.

Jason Hollick is from Dublin, Ohio, and is a 2017 graduate of Dublin Scioto High School. He will be a senior this fall at the Ohio State University studying sustainable plant systems with a specialization in agroecology. At Ohio State, Jason is involved in the Environment and Natural Resource Scholars Program, Pi Alpha Xi (PAX) National Honor Society, Ohio State University Poultry Science Club, independent undergraduate research on vegetable grafting, Kubota Laboratory and is a student farm assistant at Ohio State’s Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resource Laboratory.

Martin Paul Susec is from Hilliard, Ohio, and is a recent graduate of Hilliard Darby High School. While in high school, Martin enjoyed volunteering with the Westgate Community, working at his father’s winery and completing science activities. Martin plans on attending the Ohio State University to study biology this fall. He also hopes to work with the College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences research labs.

Avonna Boysel is from Hilliard, Ohio, and is a rising junior at the University of Toledo. She is studying business with a focus in professional sales and marketing. At UT she has been involved in business and leadership organizations, as well as her social sorority. Avonna also grew up on a small farm with goats, lambs, hogs, rabbits, horses, chickens and sheep. She was involved in 4-H for nine years and enjoyed showing her goats and lambs. 

Elijah Voorhees is from Upper Arlington, Ohio, and is a recent graduate of Upper Arlington High School. He will be attending Kent State University this fall majoring in public health with a concentration in pre-med. While in high school, Elijah was a part of the public health student alliance and the orchestra.

Anna Rose is a rising sophomore at the Ohio State University majoring in forestry and wildlife, and is pursuing her passion for fine arts through a studio art minor. Anna is a 2019 graduate of Bishop Watterson High School. In high school she was a member of the Serendipity 4-H Club, exhibiting poultry, photography and natural resources projects. She hopes to fulfill her long-term goal of becoming a field ornithologist after graduation.

Other scholarship recipients include Garrett Hoffman and Carlie Snodgrass. Congratulations and best of luck, graduates!