Dairy graduation The National Dairy Shrine announces the winners of their scholarships for 2011. The scholarships will be presented at the Awards Banquet at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin on Oct. 6. National Dairy Shrine will provide more than $40,000 of scholarship awards to students at that event.
NDS Student Recognition Awards
The NDS student recognition program recognizes graduating seniors planning a career related to the dairy industry who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, academic ability, and a sincere interest in dairy cattle. Each university is allowed to nominate up to two candidates for this recognition in any given year. The highest winner receives a $2,000 award, the second a $1,500 award and the other winners receive $1,000 awards.
The top awarded is Brandon Thesing from Winona, Minn. He has been very active in many dairy related activities at University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and has competed at the highest levels in dairy judging. The second award goes to Brittany Thompson of Snow Camp, N.C. She is a Dairy Science major at Virginia Tech who has participated extensively in their Dairy Club in multiple leadership roles.
Next is Hannah Thompson from Walkersville, Md., who is an Agricultural Communications major at Ohio State University. Following next is Abby Udermann from Sartell, Minn., where she is majoring in Animal Science with a Dairy Production emphasis at the University of Minnesota. Next is Ashley Sears from South Deerfield, Mass., who is a Business and Dairy Science major at Cornell University. Following is Kristin Hogan from Tillamook, Ore., who is has a double major in Animal Science with Dairy Option and General Agriculture major with a Communications minor at Oregon State University. Next is Joshua Ebert from Blairsville, Pa., who has an Animal Sciences major with a Business Management emphasis. Following next is Corey Kayhart from Vergennes, Vt., who is an Animal Science major at Cornell University. Next is Cassandra Dutcher from Humboldt, Neb. She is an Animal Science Production Management major at Kansas State University. The final recognition awardee is Emily Lyons from Rockford, Ill. She is an Animal Science major at the University of Illinois.
Kildee Scholarship Awards
Receiving the Kildee Graduate Studies Scholarships are Chelsea Holschbach of Baraboo, Wis. and Hannah Thompson of Walkersville, Md. Chelsea is attending University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. She is an outstanding student, achieving acceptance into the Veterinary School during her undergraduate junior year. She has also won Oral Reasons at the National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. Hannah Thompson completed her degree in Agricultural Communications at Ohio State University, with minors in Agribusiness and Spanish. She will continue her education at Ohio State University in a Masters program of Agricultural and Extension Education with a concentration in Agricultural Communication. She aims to work in legislative affairs for a dairy-related company to help respond to issues impacting agriculture.