Foremost Farms USA Names 2012 Agricultural Education Scholars

Foremost Farms USA Names 2012 Agricultural Education Scholars

Ten graduating high school seniors and college students will receive an Agricultural Education Scholarship from Foremost Farms USA.

Each of 10 students will receive a $2,000 scholarship funded by the Foremost Farms USA Charitable Foundation. Recipients must be a dairy farmer member-owner or the son or daughter of a Foremost Farms member with plans to study an agricultural-based curriculum.

High School Winners

Foremost Farms USA Names 2012 Agricultural Education Scholars

Matthew Ehlen, Burlington, Wis., is the son of John and Jennifer Ehlen. Matthew is a graduating senior at Burlington High School. He is a three-time varsity letter winner for wrestling and was named All County Wrestler-Honorable Mention. He is also on the honor roll. Matthew's interests include hunting, fishing and helping on the farm. He plans to enroll in the Farm and Industry Short Course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Matthew plans to graduate in 2013.

Sean Brown, Dodgeville, Wis., is the son of Angela Davis-Brown and Mark Brown. Sean is a graduating senior at Dodgeville High School and is the president of his FFA chapter. Sean served as Iowa County 4-H King and plans to enroll in the Farm and Industry Short Course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sean plans to graduate in 2014 and return home to the farm.

Rachel Hartlaub, Cleveland, Wis., is the daughter of David and Rose Mary Hartlaub. Rachel is a graduating senior at Howards Grove High School and is vice president of her FFA chapter. She is also involved in National Honor Society, is vice president of the Junior Holstein Association and vice president of her 4-H club. Rachel is captain of the track and field team, is a dairy judging team member and ranks 10th in her senior class. She is very interested and passionate about the dairy industry. Rachel plans to study dairy science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She plans to graduate in 2016.

Devin Kepler, Viola, Wis., is the son of Lonnie and Dana Kepler. Devin is a graduating senior at Richland Center High School. He is vice president of his FFA chapter, was named the 2011 Outstanding Dairy Exhibitor at the Richland County Fair and is a member of the National Honor Society. He is also president of the Richland County Junior Holstein Association and is the senior dairy bowl captain. He plans to study dairy herd management at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Fennimore, Wis., and plans to graduate in 2013.

Bethany Dado, Amery, Wis., is the daughter of Richard and Gwen Dado. Bethany is a graduating senior at Amery High School and is a recipient of the Herb Kohl Scholarship. She has attended district and state solo and ensemble contests in jazz band, jazz choir and also performed solos. She has won three sectional speaking contest events and has competed at the state level. Bethany plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study dairy science. She expects to graduate in 2016.

Mallarie Stookey, Milford, Ind., is the daughter of Jeff and Marla Stookey. Marla is a graduating senior at Warsaw Community High School. She is the Indiana Dairy Princess and president of her local FFA chapter. Mallarie is also the FFA District II vice president and has been named "Student of the Week". She enjoys showing dairy cows and spending time with family. Mallarie plans to attend Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., to study agriculture education. She plans to graduate in 2016.

College Winners

Jan Fokker, Ohio City, Ohio, is the son of Jan and Gina Fokker. Jan will be a sophomore next fall at Wright State University-Lake Campus, Celina, Ohio, pursuing a degree in technical study. A graduate of Van Wert High School, he has been in youth group activities for many years at Calvary Evangelical Church. He was also in 4-H for seven years and was treasurer of his local club for four years. Jan plays church softball and participated in Spanish Club all four years of high school. He plans to graduate from college in 2013.

Laura Hornby, Viroqua, Wis., is the daughter of David and Bernadine Hornby. Laura will be a senior next fall at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville studying soil and crop science. A graduate of Viroqua High School, Laura is the 2012 president of the UW-Platteville Agronomy and Soil Conservation Club and is 2011-12 Vernon County Fairest of the Fair. She served as a Wisconsin State FFA Officer in 2010-11 and is a member of the UW-Platteville WELS Campus Ministry. Laura plans to graduate from college in 2013.

Anna Radke, Wilton, Wis., is the daughter of Kurt Radke and Kari Bruckner-Radke. She will be a sophomore next fall at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point studying soil science and watershed management. A graduate of Brookwood High School, Ontario, Wis., Anna is a member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society and part of the Horicon Marsh research project. She is a member of Students for Wetland Awareness, Management and Protection, and received highest honors for the Fall 2011 semester. Anna is also a member of the Phi Eta Sigma honor society. She plans to graduate in 2015.

Bethany Simon, Farley, Iowa, is the daughter of Rick and Jodi Simon. Bethany will be a sophomore next fall at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, where she is studying agricultural business and accounting. A graduate of Western Dubuque High School, Epworth, Iowa, Bethany is a member of the Dairy Science Club, Agriculture Business Club and is in collegiate FFA. She was recently awarded the Dubuque County Dairy Princess Alternate title. Bethany plans to graduate in 2015.

Foremost Farms USA is a dairy cooperative headquartered in Baraboo, Wis., and is among the top 10 dairy cooperatives in the U.S. based on milk volume. Its 1,945 dairy farmer members live in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. The cooperative marketed 5.7 billion pounds of milk in 2011 with revenues of $1.7 billion. Foremost Farms employs 1,125 people and operates nine cheese plants, five dairy ingredient plants and one butter plant.

Note:  Electronic photos of the scholarship winners are available upon request by sending an e-mail to Laura Mihm at [email protected] or call (608) 355-8798.

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