Colorado Farm Show awards scholarships to 12 high school seniors and two college students |

Colorado Farm Show awards scholarships to 12 high school seniors and two college students

Tucker Teague

This year, 12 graduating high school seniors and two college freshmen will receive scholarships from the Colorado Farm Show.

The farm show is giving a total of $27,000 to the students Jan. 27 at the Events Center at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, Colo., according to a news release from the show. In total, the Colorado Farm Show has awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships to young adults who wish to pursue agricultural careers.

» Tucker Teague, from Fort Morgan, and a student at Wiggins High School, is receiving the 2016 Rolling Scholarship, a four-year, $1,000 per-year award for a student pursuing an agricultural field of study at a four-year college or university. Recipients of this award must reapply every year, according to the release. He is the ranch manager at his family’s farm and ranch, as well as a 4.0 student, a 10-year 4-Her and a 4-year FFA member. He’s involved in various extracurricular activities at school, including the Future Business Leaders of America, football team, National Honor Society and Lettermen’s Club. He also has shown hogs, goats and lambs at the county, state and national levels. After he graduates, Teague plans to attend Texas A&M to major in animal science.

» Carr’s Brooke Hinojosa, a 4.03 student at Highland High School in Ault, is another 2016 Rolling Scholarship recipient. She is an active high school athlete, competing in cross-country, basketball, volleyball and track, while also participating in the National Honor Society, Student Council and Future Business Leaders of America. She’s a 10-year 4-H member and a 4-year FFA member, as well as the current president of the Colorado Junior Hereford Association. She has been the Colorado Hereford Queen for three years and is active in the National Junior Hereford Association. When she graduates, she plans to attend Oklahoma State University and double-major in animal science and food science.

» Dane Corliss of Kersey is a Platte Valley High School student who balances a 4.07 grade point average with cross-country, track and field and the Knowledge Bowl. He has been active in 4-H for a decade showing swine, crops, leather craft and participating in shooting sports at county, state and national levels. The 4-year FFA member, and current Platte Valley chapter president, is a recipient of the Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship began in 1992 to honor the Colorado Farm Show’s founder and recognize outstanding 4-H and FFA students. After graduation, Corliss plans to attend Colorado State University to study agriculture mechanical engineering.

» Another recipient of the Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarship is Jennifer Walsh of Meeker. She attends Meeker High School and is active in Student Council, volleyball, basketball, Future Business Leaders of America and Future Career and Community Leaders of America. For nine years, Walsh has shown beef, swine, ceramics and scrapbooking in the 4-H program, and she is active in Meeker’s FFA chapter. She is also a director at a youth camp and works part-time at several local businesses, as well as providing child care for local families. She plans to study agribusiness at Oklahoma State University, Iowa State University or Colorado State University.

» Blake Ferris of Wiggins High School is the third Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarship recipient. He is a 4.0 student, a member of the National Honor Society, History Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Student Council and the International Club, as well as a student athlete in football and baseball. He is a four-year FFA member and is the president of the Wiggins chapter and District 14. He plans to attend Kansas State University and study agriculture economics and agribusiness.

» Also receiving the Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarship is Madison Shults, a Meeker High School student with a 3.96 GPA. She currently attends Colorado Northwestern Community College in addition to Meeker, and already completed 47 college credits. In nine years in 4-H, she has shown swine and beef at the county, state and national levels. She is a 4-year FFA member, has been on the 4-H livestock judging team, plays varsity basketball and is a member of the National Honor Society. In addition to school, she’s worked as a housekeeper, a cowhand and a hay boss. After graduation, she plans to attend Texas Tech University and major in animal science.

» Reid Ernst, a Wiggins High School student, balances History Club, National Honor Society, Student Council, cross country, basketball and track and field while maintaining a 4.05 grade point average. The recipient of the Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarship has been in his school’s FFA program for 4 years and is the chapter’s vice president and the district’s secretary. For 13 years, he’s been involved in 4-H, and for eight years, he’s held offices in his local club. He shows steers, swine and woodworking. Ernst plans to attend Colorado State University to pursue a degree in environmental engineering with a minor in soil resources and conservation.

» KateLynn Seelhoff, the final recipient of the Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarship, lives in Greeley and goes to Valley High School. She plays soccer, is a drum major in the band, a member of the National Honor Society and maintains a 3.9 GPA. She is a 4-year FFA member and has held both the secretary and sentinel offices. She is a nine-year 4-H member, serving as the treasurer, vice president and the president of her club. She also works part-time. She plans to attend Colorado State University after graduation and major in animal science/pre-vet.

» Shelby Teague of Fort Morgan is a recipient of a Colorado Farm Show Secondary Scholarship, a $1,500 scholarship awarded to a past winner of a farm show scholarship currently pursuing their education in an agricultural or vocational technology field of study. She is attending Kansas State University and majoring in animal science and agriculture communications, and has a 3.6 GPA. She writes for the K-State Collegian newspaper and is a member of the meat judging team, the wool judging team and the K-State Block and Bridle Club. She also blogs for Ranch House Designs, a livestock design firm, and works for the K-State Sheep and Meat Goat Unit.

» Topanga McBride, a Severance woman currently attending Kansas State University, is the second recipient of the Secondary Scholarship. She is majoring in agricultural communications/journalism and agriculture economics. She’s a member of the Collegiate Farm Bureau, Sigma Alpha, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, National Agri-Marketing Association, American Holstein Association, American Milking Shorthorn Association and the Colorado Holstein Association, all while maintaining a 3.66 GPA. She works part-time at Cornerstone Bakery and K-State Athletics.

» Christopher Weisenhorn of Holly is a recipient of the Carl Luther Vo-Tech Memorial Scholarship, an award to honor Carl Luther, a long-time exhibitor and supporter of the farm show. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to graduating high schoolers pursuing a degree in an ag-related vocational tech field. Weisenhorn is a member of student council and National Honor Society, and plays football and track. He was All-Conference Honorable Mention Defensive End in 2014. He works at Weisenhorn Farms and Warren Schwarb Farm Equipment repair, is a member of the Holly Volunteer Fire Department and holds a priesthood office with his church. After high school, he plans to go to Lincoln Technical Institute in Denver for Welding.

» Flagler’s Trent Leoffler, the second winner of the 2016 Carl Luther Vo-Tech Memorial Scholarship, goes to Arickaree School and is a member of Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, student council and drama, while playing football, basketball and track. He is a four-year FFA member and is his chapter’s vice president, as well as an eight-year 4-H member, where he has been the treasurer and the vice president. He plans to farm and ranch on his family’s operation after studying diesel mechanics at Northwestern Kansas Technical College.

» Carissa Weber, a Windsor High School student, is a recipient of the Colorado Farm Show Friend of the farm Show $1,000 scholarship. This award is for students who have volunteered, or who have a relative who has volunteered, for the show. Weber is a four-year FFA student and is currently serving as the president of her chapter. She is on her school’s swim team, plays clarinet and bass clarinet in the Pride of Windsor Marching Band and helped put on an agriculture event for fourth graders. She is active not only at her church, but she is a volunteer with the farm show. Her father has been committed to the show for 33 years as well. She plans to pursue agriculture education at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling.

» Hannah Bott also received the Friend of the Farm Show Scholarship. She has a 4.1 GPA at Eaton High School, where she is the president of the FFA and has served as the secretary and been a member for four years. She is a 10-year member of her 4-H club and has shown poultry and cake decorating. She is a section leader and drum major for concert and marching band, and participates in knowledge bowl and student council. She is also a student athlete, competing in swimming and track and field. Hannah works as a janitor at the Countryside Large Animal Clinic, is a babysitter and a horse riding assistant. She plans to go to Montana State University to study bioengineering. ❖

-Staff reports

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