Friday, July 2, 2010

Congratulations Scholarship Winners

I am proud to announce the Kyle Mason Samson Scholarship winners for 2010. This is an exceptional group of students. We should all be proud they are Jackson County 4-H members. The scholarship committee had a difficult time narrowing the applicant pool down to the final nine winners. Each youth will receive $500.00 toward their post high school degree program. Seven of the scholarships are sponsored by the Jackson County 4-H Foundation and two of the scholarships are sponsored by the Jackson County Real Dairy Promotion Association through a donation to the Jackson Coun-ty 4-H Foundation specifically for the scholarships. These nine youth will be honored at the large and small animal auctions at the Jackson County Fair.

Pictured left to right front row: Michelle Rouster,
Bailey Chamberlin, Jordan White. Back row: Dustin Kingsbury,
Charles Loveland, Justin Merkel and Drew Harding. Missing
from photo were Chauntey Hutting and Macie Ludke.

Congratulations to:
Bailey Chamberlin: Bailey is a member of the Country Kids 4-H Club and is a 10 year member of 4-H. Her parents are Paul and Mary Chamberlain of Spring Arbor and she graduated from Western High School. Bailey says 4-H has helped her learn to become responsible, determined and caring which led to her career choice in Special Education. She has had projects in Rabbits, Goats, Dogs, Poultry and Horse. 4-H has helped her learn compassion and leadership.

Drew Harding: Drew is a member of the West Side High Steppers 4-H Club and is an 11 year member of 4-H. He graduated from Springport High School. Drew’s parents are Robert and Pam Harding of Parma. He plans on studying in the area of Agriculture Equipment Technology or Diesel Mechanics at the University of Northwest Ohio. His 4-H projects have been in Swine and Beef and he has served as Vice-President of his 4-H Club. 4-H has given him confidence and an ability to express kindness and carrying for people who need help.

Chauntey Hutting: Chauntey is a 9 year member of the Waterloo 4-H Club. She is a graduate of East Jackson High School. Her mother is Shana Burke of Munith. The Horse and Pony and Crafts projects were her first introduction to 4-H. She is an excellent show person and helps many of the younger members of her club to prepare for the fair. She plans on becoming a physical therapist and attending Central Michigan University.

Dustin Kingsbury: Dustin is an 11 year member of the Tompkins 4-H Club. He is a graduate of Northwest High School and his parents are Tim and Jackie Kingsbury of Rives Junction. Dustin’s long-standing 4-H projects are Rabbit, Goat, Beef, and Commodity Marketing. He plans to go into Agribusiness and Marketing, starting his academics at Lansing Community College and going on to Michigan State University. Dustin says that 4-H has taught him responsibility and leadership and given him many friendships he would not have had if not for 4-H.

Charles Loveland: Charles has been a member of the Farmer Commandoes 4-H Club for 5 years. His 4-H projects include Beef, Swine, Agronomy, Horticulture and Community Service. His parents are Thomas and Carmelyn Loveland of Grass Lake. Charles is 18 years old and a graduate of Lumen Christi High School. He plans to attend Jackson Community College in Agriculture Business. 4-H has taught him how to work hard, take pride in what he does and always look out for others.

Macie Ludtke: Macie is an 11 year member of the West Side High Steppers 4-H Club. She is 17 years old and is the daughter of Fred and Jodi Lutdke. She is a graduate of Spring-port High School and will be attending Baker College. Her chosen academic area is in the medical field as a medical assistant. Her 4-H projects have ranged from Beef and Swine to Flower Gardening and Goats. Working on her projects in 4-H has made her more responsible and has taught her how to balance her time in achieving her goals.

Justin Merkel: Justin is a 7 year member of the In-Betweeners 4-H Club. He is a graduate of Michigan Center High School. He plans to attend Michigan State University in the area of Chemistry\ Chemical Engineering. He is 18 years old and the son of Dean and Barbara Merkel. His 4-H projects include Goats, Photography, Rabbits, Dogs, Horse, Entomology and Community Service. Justin says 4-H has improved his leadership skills as he helps the younger members in his club.

Michelle Rouster: Michelle is a 10 year member of the Farmer Commandoes 4-H Club. She graduated from Grass Lake High School. She is the daughter of Scott and Charlene Rouster of Grass Lake. 4-H projects include Dairy, Beef, Sheep, Poultry, Arts and Crafts, Collections and Photography. She plans on attending Jackson Community College and then Eastern Michigan University to become a Registered Nurse. 4-H has taught her good work ethics and she has grown in responsibility and integrity through her 4-H projects as well as her volunteer service.

Jordan White: Jordan is a 10 year member of 4-H in Young Riders and Clover Kids 4-H Clubs. She is 18 years old and a graduate of Lumen Christi High School. Her mother is Mary White. Her 4-H projects include Horse, Hippology, Floriculture, Community Service and Animal Science. She will be attending Central Michigan University to study Physical Therapy. She says 4-H has taught her to be patient and hard working and the joy of serving others through volunteering.