8 named farm bureau scholarship winners


Kayla White, Renee Gehrke, Megan Hagemann, Jack Richolson, Hannah Seaworth, Isaac Charbonneau, Breanna Cisketti and Grace Pfeiffer were all recently named as recipients of scholarships awarded by the Ogle County Farm Bureau in 2022.

White was awarded the Del Flessner Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,500. This scholarship was created to honor the legacy of long-time Ogle County Farm Bureau Manager Del Flessner. She is the daughter of Ryan and Michelle White. Kayla is a 2020 graduate of Stillman Valley High School and is currently majoring in agronomy at Highland Community College with plans to attend Iowa State University next fall.

Gehrke and Hagemann were named winners of the $1,000 General Farm Bureau Scholarship.

Gehrke is the daughter of Jason and Kathi Gehrke, Byron. She is a 2021 graduate of Byron High School and currently attends Highland Community College majoring in dairy science. She plans to continue her studies at Iowa State University next fall.

Megan Hagemann is the daughter of Brad and Jean Hagemann, Mt. Morris. She is a 2020 graduate of Forreston High School and attends Highland Community College majoring in animal science.

Richolson was named the recipient of the $1,000 Don Bybee Memorial Scholarship, sponsored through the generosity of the Bybee Family to honor Mr. Bybee for his many years of service to agriculture in Ogle County. Jack is the son of Brad and Julie Richolson, Lindenwood. Jack will graduate from Rochelle Township High School this spring and will continue his studies at Iowa State University studying agriculture business.

Seaworth is the recipient of the Mark Detig Memorial Scholarship awarded in the amount of $1,000. This scholarship honors the late Mark Detig for his service to the Ogle County Pork Producers Association and Ogle County agriculture. Hannah is the daughter of Todd and Norna Seaworth, Lindenwood. Hannah will graduate from Stillman Valley High School this spring and continue her studies in biology at the University of Louisville.

Charbonneau is the $1,000 Ag Technology Scholarship winner. Isaac is the son of Melinda Charbonneau, Leaf River. He graduated Byron High School last year and will continue his studies at Kishwaukee Community College majoring in diesel mechanics.

Pfeiffer is the recipient of the Mary LeFevre Memorial Scholarship, sponsored in cooperation between the farm bureau and the Jeff and Joyce Tremble Family. The scholarship focuses on students pursuing careers in healthcare. Grace is the daughter of Jason and Angela Pfeiffer, Davis Junction. She will graduate Stillman Valley High School this spring and attend the University of Wisconsin – Platteville majoring in biology. The scholarship is awarded at $1,000.

Cisketti was awarded the George LeFevre Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. It also is funded with the cooperation of the Jeff and Joyce Tremble Family, recognizing Mr. Lefevre for his lifelong service to Ogle County agriculture. Breanna is the daughter of Brian and Brandi Cisketti, Polo. Breanna will graduate Polo High School this spring and go onto study agribusiness at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.

This marks the 24th year that the Ogle County Farm Bureau has awarded scholarships to member dependents who seek to pursue course studies in agriculture at an accredited institution of higher education.

Scholarships will again be awarded in 2023 and applications will be available in January. For information on the Ogle County Farm Bureau Scholarship Program contact me at 815-732-2231.

“A lot of parents in the summer pack up their troubles and send them off to camp.” -Anonymous.

Ron Kern is the manager of the Ogle County Farm Bureau.

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