Richland County announces 2024 scholarship recipients

The Richland County Farm Bureau is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2024 Richland County Farm Bureau Scholarship.

Cadence Fairchild is the daughter of Nick and Heather Fairchild. She is a recent graduate of Shelby High School, where she was involved in FFA, Academic Challenge, Math League, Student Council and volleyball. Cadence is also very active in 4-H and the Richland County Fair. She has served on the Richland County Junior Fair Board, Livestock Committee, and 4-H Committee, been a 4-H Camp counselor and was the 2022 Richland County 4-H Member of the Year. She shows lambs at the fair and hopes to continue working with livestock by breeding and raising her own club lambs. Cadence has also taken numerous leadership roles in the Shelby FFA Chapter and is a State FFA Degree recipient and State Specialty Crop Proficiency Award finalist. Outside of agriculture, she dances at the Shelby YMCA and works as a youth assistant dance instructor. In the fall she plans to attend Ohio State University majoring in agribusiness.

Sarah Hoak is the daughter of Tom and Sally Hoak. She recently completed her first year at Ohio State University majoring in sustainable agriculture. On campus she is involved with Collegiate Farm Bureau, Student Council, Crops and Soils Club, Agricultural Systems Management Club, Agribusiness Club, the student farm and Law and Society Scholars. She was awarded the 2023-2024 Jill A. Pfister Outstanding First-Year Student Award. Sarah is an active Farm Bureau member and was elected to serve as the president of Collegiate Farm Bureau for the 2024-2025 school year. Sarah is a 2023 graduate of Plymouth High School and was heavily involved in FFA during high school. She will be receiving her American FFA Degree this fall and continues to be involved as a Plymouth FFA Alumni member and coach for the Plymouth FFA Chapter’s Poultry Judging Career Development Event Team.

A maximum of two $500 scholarships were available to support the further education of Richland County High School graduates. Congratulations to the recipients; the Richland County Farm Bureau wishes you the best of luck this fall!

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