This year, 21 outstanding youth were awarded with $16,500 total in scholarships funded by endowments and the Youth Reserve Program. The Youth Reserve Program was established on Dec. 13, 1995, to reward junior youth exhibitors who participate in the Ohio State Fair. The Youth Reserve Program is funded by dollars received over a maximum cash award projection for each item sold at the Sale of Champions.
High school juniors and seniors during the 2011-2012 academic year, as well as recent high school graduates who are continuing their education at an accredited institution in an undergraduate course of study in any field, were eligible to apply for these awards.
Applicants were judged on scholastic standing, citizenship and leadership, Ohio State Fair participation, county fair participation and financial need. The scholarship recipients were announced during the Sale of Champions at the Ohio State Fair held on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012.
In addition to funding scholarships, the Youth Reserve Program supports carcass contests, showmanship, skillathons and outstanding exhibitor projects. To date, the Youth Reserve Program has awarded approximately 28,000 youth exhibitors more than $2 million since its inception. The scholarship program began in 1996.
This year's winners are listed below:
Rhodes Endowment - $1,500
Zachery Avers, Elmore, Ottawa County
Ohio Expositions Commissioner's Endowment - $1,000
Alexandra Bonnette, Spencerville, Allen County
Ohio Expositions Commission Chair's Endowment - $1,000
Haley Clinker, Defiance, Defiance County
Governor's Scholarship - $1,000
Mikayla Brown, Findlay, Hancock County
Nationwide - $1,000
Emily Johnson, Casstown, Miami County
Market Beef Exhibitor - $1,000
Jessica Harsh, Radnor, Delaware County
Barrow Exhibitor - $1,000
Karli Lane, Castalia, Erie County
Swine Breeding Exhibitor - $500
Garrit Sproull, Uhrichsville, Harrison County
Market Lamb Exhibitor - $1,000
Delanie Wiseman, London, Madison County
Sheep Breeding Exhibitor - $500
Karen Wise, Findlay, Hancock County
Poultry Exhibitor - $1,000
Sarah Johnson, Wilmington, Clinton County
Dairy Cattle Exhibitor - $1,000
Hannah Jones, Georgetown, Brown County
Dairy Goat Exhibitor - $500
Morgan Wirick, Sherwood, Defiance County
Boer Goat Exhibitor - $500
Jordan Fledderjohann, Botkins, Shelby County
Rabbit Exhibitor - $500
Taylor Kruse, Wauseon, Fulton County
Dog Exhibitor - $500
Anna Vandegrift, Bethel, Clermont County
Horse Exhibitor - $1,000
Kari Cottingim, Eaton, Preble County
Exhibits & Activities Exhibitor - $1,000
Paige Klopfenstein, Wapakoneta, Auglaize County
Exhibits & Activities Exhibitor - $500
Katelyn Avers, Elmore, Ottawa County
Exhibits & Activities Exhibitor - $250 (2 awards)
Alissa Bodner, Salesville, Guernsey County
Andrea Vessel, West Chester, Butler County
For more information, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614-644-FAIR. On the Web, visit us at ohiostatefair.com.
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