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WAUPUN, AUG. 20, 2014 -- East Central/Select Sires awarded five, $1,000 scholarships on Aug. 19, 2014, at the East Central/Select Sires Annual Meeting at the Crowne Plaza, Madison. The scholarships were open to incoming and current college students at two- and four-year universities, pursuing agriculture majors. Applicants were judged on academics, agricultural and community involvement, as well as dedication to the agriculture industry.
The scholarship winners are as follows.
Chad Bruss, Markesan, will be a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville this fall studying dairy science. In high school, Bruss was involved in 4-H, FFA, National Honor Society, basketball, cross country and student council. After college he plans to return home to farm.
Karsen Haag, Mount Horeb, is starting her second year at Southwest Technical College to study agribusiness after studying dairy herd management last year. At Southwest, Haag serves as a student ambassador, on student senate, and is a member of the dairy judging team. She also plans to own her own registered Holstein farm, continue to advance the genetics of her herd, and promote the dairy industry.
Taylor Holterman, Watertown, is entering her senior year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in life sciences communication with certificate in entrepreneurship. Holterman is very involved on campus serving as the Collegiate Farm Bureau President and also being a member of the Association of Women in Agriculture and the Badger Dairy Club. Upon graduation, she hopes to work in administration or communications within agriculture.
Elizabeth Sarbacker, Verona, will be a freshman this fall at University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying dairy science. In high school, Sarbacker was involved in FFA, National Honor Society and Spanish Club. On campus, Sarbacker plans on becoming a member of the Association of Women in Agriculture and the Badger Dairy Club. She will be pursuing a dairy-related career.
Jordan Siemers, Newton, will be a freshman this fall at Cornell University studying dairy business and dairy cattle genetics. In high school, Siemers was involved in various sports, FFA, 4-H, National Honor Society, Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association, and church functions. After graduation, he hopes to gain experience in the agriculture industry before returning to his family’s dairy farm.
East Central/Select Sires is a professional, artificial breeding cooperative serving dairy and livestock producers in southern Wisconsin. As a member-owner of Select Sires located near Plain City, Ohio, East Central/Select Sires helps make up the largest artificial insemination (A.I.) cooperative in the world. They provide highly-fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve the basic objective of supplying livestock breeders with America’s best genetics at a reasonable price.
Photo: East Central/Select Sires awarded five, $1,000 scholarships on Aug. 19, 2014, at the East Central/Select Sires Annual Meeting at the Crowne Plaza, Madison. The winners include (left to right) Elizabeth Sarbacker, Verona; Taylor Holterman, Watertown; Karsen Haag, Mount Horeb; Chad Bruss, Markesan; and Jordan Siemers, Newton (not pictured).
Photo taken by: Dori Lichty, East Central/Select Sires