What do Jackson Bogardus, Deanna Comp, Christiana Crites, Allison Crouch, Hollie Dalton, Tyler Dunbar, Raeann Eldred, Sarah Hermann, Andrew Holden, Lisa Kalas, Jessica Krulic, Bailee Mazzaro, Calla Mazzaro, Sydney Millard, Katie Stokes and Rachel Yilit all have in common? If you guessed they are very bright, talented and goal-oriented young people, you are correct! Because of these qualities and many more, they were selected to be recipients of a 2017-18 Agricultural Scholarship Fund Award.

The Ashtabula County Agricultural Scholarship Fund was founded on April 29, 1952, by a group of local leaders to help promote interest in the study of agriculture, home economics, environmental sciences, and natural resources. Since then, the committee has grown to include additional community scholarships which are open to any student regardless of the college major. This scholarship program is driven by a super group of Ashtabula County volunteers and supported by countless families, agribusiness firms and prior recipients.

This year, I am very pleased to announce the scholarship committee was able to present a total of $21,000 in scholarship money to 16 outstanding young people. This is the most money ever given in the history of the scholarship fund! It was a tough selection process for our committee as we were impressed with all the applications submitted for consideration. The scholarship recipients chosen were:

• Katie Stokes, daughter of Kenny and Tammy Stokes of New Lyme, is the recipient of the $1,000 Alan C. Jerome Memorial Scholarship and a $500 Lester C. Marrison Memorial Scholarship. Katie will graduate from Pymatuning Valley High School this spring and will attend The Ohio State University next fall majoring in Biology.

• Calla Mazzaro, daughter of Tom and Charity Mazzaro of Williamsfield, is the recipient of a $1,500 Service-Jerome Scholarship. Calla is a 2016 graduate of Pymatuning Valley High School and is currently attending The Ohio State University majoring in Animal Science with a BioScience Specialization.

• Tyler Dunbar, son of Diana Dunbar and Eric Dunbar of Williamsfield, is the recipient of a $1,000 Service-Jerome Scholarship and a $500 Ashtabula County Ag Scholarship. Tyler will graduate from Pymatuning Valley High School this spring and will attend The Ohio State University next fall majoring in AgriScience Education.

• Andrew Holden, son of Glen and Robin Holden of Pierpont, is the recipient of a $1,000 Service-Jerome Scholarship and a $500 Ashtabula County Ag Scholarship. Andrew is 2015 graduate of Pymatuning Valley High School and is attending The Ohio State University majoring in Agribusiness and Applied Economics with a minor in Agronomy.

• Bailee Mazzaro, daughter of Tom and Charity Mazzaro of Williamsfield, is the recipient of a $1,000 Service-Jerome Scholarship and a $500 Ashtabula County Ag Scholarship. Bailee is 2014 graduate of Pymatuning Valley High School and is attending The Ohio State University majoring in Agricultural Communications.

• Sydney Millard, daughter of Lynne and Scott Millard of Pierpont, is the recipient of the $1,000 Lester C. Marrison Memorial Scholarship and a $500 Ashtabula County Ag Scholarship. Sydney will graduate from Pymatuning Valley High School this spring and will be attending the Ohio State University next fall majoring in Actuarial Science.

• Raeann Eldred, daughter of Myron and Rosmarie Eldred of Kingsville, is the recipient of a $1,500 Ashtabula County Holstein Club Scholarship. Raeann is a 2016 graduate of Edgewood High School and is currently attending The Ohio State University majoring in Early Childhood Education.

• Lisa Kalas, daughter of Janet and George Kalas of Jefferson, is the recipient of the $1,000 Kellogg Memorial Scholarship and a $500 Ashtabula County Holstein Club Scholarship. Lisa is a 2014 graduate of Jefferson High School and is currently attending Lake Erie College majoring in Business Administration with a minor in accounting.

• Allison Crouch, daughter of Beth and Ken Crouch of Cherry Valley, is the recipient of the $1,000 Harold and Dick Springer Memorial Scholarship and a $500 Ashtabula County Ag Scholarship. Allison is a 2015 graduate of Pymatuning Valley High School and is currently attending Wilmington College majoring in Agricultural Education and Agronomy.

• Deanna Comp, daughter of Jerry Comp of Dorset and Linda Comp of Jefferson, is the recipient of the $1,000 Christopher L. Zaebst Memorial Scholarship. Deanna is 2015 graduate of Jefferson High School and is currently attending Kent State University majoring in nursing.

• Hollie Dalton, daughter of Bobbi and Mark Dalton of Ashtabula, is the recipient of the $1,000 Prochko Memorial Scholarship. Hollie will graduate from Jefferson High School this spring and will be attending Youngstown State University next fall majoring in Pre-Veterinary Biology.

• Jackson Bogardus, son of David and Sarah Bogardus of Andover, is a recipient of a $1,500 Ashtabula County Ag Scholarship. Jackson is a 2015 graduate of Pymatuning Valley High School and is currently attending Hocking College majoring in Wildlife Resource Management.

• Sarah Hermann, daughter of Mary Anne and Ray Hermann of Conneaut, is a recipient of a $1,000 Ashtabula County Ag Scholarship. Sarah is a 2012 graduate of Conneaut High School and will be attending Kent State University-Trumbull next fall majoring in Veterinary Technology.

• Rachel Yilit, daughter of Jan and Mike Yilit of Kingsville, is recipient of a $1,250 Centerra Co-op Scholarship. Rachel is a graduate of 2013 graduate of Charleroi School District and is currently attending Kent State University-Ashtabula majoring in nursing.

• Jessica Krulic, daughter of Karla and Tony Krulic of Cherry Valley, is a recipient of a $1,250 Centerra Co-op Scholarship. Jessica is a graduate of 2013 graduate of Pymatuning High School and a 2017 graduate of Hiram College where she majored in accounting. She will be attending Ohio Northern University for her Master’s Degree next fall.

• Christiana Crites, daughter of Donald and Tracy Crites of Geneva, is the recipient of the $500 Lautanen Family 4-H Scholarship. Christiana will graduate from Geneva High School this spring and will be attending Lakeland Community College next fall majoring in Radiology Technology.

Ashtabula County, you should be proud of Jackson, Deanna, Christiana, Allison, Hollie, Tyler, Raeann, Sarah, Andrew, Lisa, Jessica, Bailee, Calla, Sydney, Katie, and Rachel. They are super individuals and a great reflection of all that is good in Ashtabula County.

I would like to leave you with a quote from Helen Keller who stated, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Have a good and safe day!

 

DAVID MARRISON: is associate professor and extension educator, agriculture and natural resources, Ohio State University Extension. Marrison can be reached at 440-576-9008 or marrison.2@osu.edu.

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