The Geauga County Farm Bureau Board of Trustees would like to honor their 2022 scholarship recipients: Rachel O’Reilly, John Patterson, Michael Soltis and Claire Suszynski.

Rachel O’Reilly is the daughter of Kevin and Amy O’Reilly of Middlefield. She is a recent graduate of Notre Dame – Cathedral Latin and will be attending the Ohio State University, majoring in agribusiness and applied economics. Rachel has been active on the Student Activities Board, Mu Alpha Theta Math Club, a NASPA Certified Peer Educator, a Student Ambassador, Cornhole Club and Outdoor Track & Field. She has shown animals on the Ohio Cattleman’s Association BEST Show Circuit, is 2021-22 president of the Jr. Fair Board, member of the Flockmaster’s 4-H Club, 2021-22 Jr. Leaders president, along with many other various 4-H activities and is a member of St. Helen Church, Life Teen Youth Group. She has also received a number of honors, awards and recognition in school, 4-H and Beef Showmanship. Rachel is looking forward to her life-long goal of attending the Ohio State University this upcoming fall semester.

John Patterson is the son of Dave and Pam Patterson of Chesterland. He will be a sophomore at Edinboro University majoring in secondary education- Biology. John’s activities at Edinboro include member of EU Triathlon Club, member of the Edinboro University Honors College, part of the Honors Pen Pal program and a member of the Edinboro University Student Government.  He has received the President’s Excellence Award, the Honors College Scholarship and the College of Education Dean’s list. John is interested in the production of fruits and vegetables, particularly tree fruits and he also wants to educate the next generation in agriculture-related subjects.

Michael Soltis is the son of Michael and Monique Soltis of Middlefield. He is a recent graduate of Cardinal High School. He will be attending college this fall majoring in agriculture. Michael was the captain of the football team and received three all conference, two all district and two all Ohio offensive lineman honors. In track he was a two-time indoor state qualifier in shot put, indoor state qualifier in the weight throw, conference champion in shot put, and regional qualifier in shot put and discus. He also holds the indoor record for shot put and weight throw. In 4-H he won three grand, two reserve champion, and three showmanship awards in different animal species. Michael also received two awards for leadership/community service through 4-H. Michael hopes to eventually take over the family farm and help Ohio’s largest industry continue to progress. 

Claire Suszynski is the daughter of Todd and Holly Suszynski of Chardon. She is a recent graduate of Chardon High School and will be attending West Virginia University majoring in animal and nutritional sciences. Claire was active in Varsity Volleyball, AFS, Freshman Mentoring, Student Executive Council and a member of the National Honor Society.  She received the President’s Award, WRC Scholar-Athlete, Topper Club Academic Letter and is a three-year Varsity Volleyball letter winner. Claire has also volunteered at her church, with United Way and with the elementary schools with school volunteering through NHS. Claire is interested in learning more about agriculture and wildlife.

Congratulations, Rachel, John, Michael and Claire. “Best of Luck” in your future endeavors!

I'm eternally grateful for the support Ohio Farm Bureau scholarships provided in helping me turn my dreams into reality.
Bethany Starlin's avatar
Bethany Starlin

Hocking County Farm Bureau

Available scholarships
I appreciate the benefit of having a strong voice in my corner. The extras that are included in membership are wonderful, but I'm a member because of the positive impact to my local and state agricultural communities.
Ernie Welch's avatar
Ernie Welch

Van Wert County Farm Bureau

Strong communities
I see the value and need to be engaged in the community I live in, to be a part of the decision-making process and to volunteer with organizations that help make our community better.
Matt Aultman's avatar
Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

Leadership development
Farm Bureau involvement has taught me how to grow my professional and leadership experience outside of the workforce and how to do that in a community-centric way.
Jaclyn De Candio's avatar
Jaclyn De Candio

Clark County Farm Bureau

Young Ag Professionals program
With not growing up on a farm, I’d say I was a late bloomer to agriculture. I feel so fortunate that I found the agriculture industry. There are so many opportunities for growth.
Jenna Gregorich's avatar
Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
Labor has always been an issue, mainly because we are a seasonal operation. So that's a challenge finding somebody who only wants to work three months out of a year, sometimes up to six months.
Mandy Way's avatar
Mandy Way

Way Farms

Business Solutions
Knowing that horticulture is under the agriculture umbrella and having Farm Bureau supporting horticulture like it does the rest of ag is very important.
Jared Hughes's avatar
Jared Hughes

Groovy Plants Ranch

Groovy Plants Ranch
If it wasn't for Farm Bureau, I personally, along with many others, would not have had the opportunity to meet with our representatives face to face in Washington.
Austin Heil's avatar
Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
So many of the issues that OFBF and its members are advocating for are important to all Ohioans. I look at OFBF as an agricultural watchdog advocating for farmers and rural communities across Ohio.
Mary Smallsreed's avatar
Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

Suggested Tags: