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National Dairy Shrine Announces 2015 Scholarship Winners
June 1, 2015

Denmark, WI. The National Dairy Shrine is pleased to announce the winners of their scholarships for 2015. National Dairy Shrine will provide more than $50,000 of scholarships and awards to students at their annual banquet on Thursday October 2 in Madison, Wisconsin.

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 $2000 award, the second a $1500 award and the other winners receive $1000 awards.

The top award winner is Isaac Haagen from Howard, Pennsylvania. Isaac has had a leadership role in Northeast Student Affiliate of ADSA, has been very successful as a dairy cattle judge being the High Individual at the National Contest in 2012 and has been involved in numerous other university & breed organizations. Haagen has already served as a teaching assistant at Penn State and has decided to attend Graduate School with a goal of becoming a dairy geneticist. The second award goes to Chelsey Johnson of Baraboo, Wisconsin. She is a Dairy Production, Leadership, Education and Communication graduate of South Dakota State University. She has been very active in many dairy related activities at South Dakota State and has held leadership roles as Vice President and President of the SDSU Dairy Club. Chelsey is currently working at Accelerated Genetics.

Next is Hayley Potts from Purcellville, Virginia, who has pursued a Food Science & Technology major at Virginia Tech. Next is Cassandra Endres of Waunakee, Wisconsin, who has a double major in Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Following next is Chad Horst of Newmanstown, Pennsylvania, who is majoring in Animal Science at Penn State University. Next is Maggie Seiler, of Valley Center, Kansas, who is an Animal Science & Agricultural Communications double major at Kansa State University. The final recognition honoree is Michael Schmitt from Rice, Minnesota, who has a major in Animal Science-Dairy Production Emphasis at the University of Minnesota.

Kildee Scholarship Awards

Receiving a Kildee Graduate Studies Scholarship is Isaac Haagen of Howard, Pennsylvania. Isaac attended Penn State University. He is an outstanding student, excelled in dairy cattle judging & Dairy Challenge competitions and has assumed numerous leadership roles on the campus of Penn State. He has plans to get a Doctors Degree in Dairy Genetics and pursue his passion to become a university professor.

Also receiving a Kildee Graduate Scholarship is Amy Kraus of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. She received an Animal Science degree from Penn State University. Amy has been active in the Coaly Honor Society, Pre-Vet Club & ADSA, while also mentoring others. Ms Kraus will be entering the Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine with a goal of specializing in food animal medicine.

Bethany Dado of Amery, Wisconsin, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Kildee Undergraduate Studies Scholarship. She is currently attending University of Wisconsin – Madison, majoring in Dairy Science & Genetics.
NDS/DMI Milk Marketing & Dairy Products Scholarships

Mariah Schmitt, of Fort Atkinson, Iowa has been awarded the NDS / DMI Milk & Dairy Products top scholarship of $1500. Mariah is an Agricultural and Dairy Science major at Iowa State University. Additionally, five other undergraduate students have been awarded $1000 scholarships. These generous scholarships are made possible by Dairy Management Inc. and NDS to encourage students to pursue careers in dairy product or milk marketing, dairy product development and/or quality control or similar roles in the dairy & food industries.

Johanna Knorr is an Animal Science and Agriculture & Food Business major at the University of Minnesota. Jenifer Haler of Waconia, Minnesota is an Animal Science and Spanish & Portuguese Studies major at the University of Minnesota. Crystal Siemers-Peterman, of Cleveland, Wisconsin is an Agricultural and Food Business Management major at the University of Minnesota. Simon Itle of Loretto, Pennsylvania is a Food Science major at Penn State University. Jessica Currie from Tully, New York, is attending Morrisville State College as an Animal Science and Agricultural Business Development double major.

NDS/DMI Education & Communication Scholarships

Sarabeth Royer, of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania has been awarded the NDS / DMI Education & Communication top scholarship of $1500. Sarabeth is an Agricultural Extension Education major with minors in Animal Science & International Agriculture at Penn State University. Additionally, five other undergraduate students have been awarded $1000 scholarships. These generous scholarships are made possible by Dairy Management Inc. and NDS to encourage students to pursue education or communication careers in the dairy product industry or related food industries. Major areas include Marketing, Education, Food Science, Nutrition (Human), Public Relations, Promotion, Social Media and Communications.

Christine Reitsma is a Agriculture Education & Food Business Management major at the University of Minnesota. Ethan Dado of Amery, Wisconsin, is attending the University of Minnesota and majoring in Animal Science and Agricultural Education. Anna Culbertson of Pine Island, Minnesota, is majoring in Agricultural Education and Leadership & Communications at the University of Minnesota. Sydney Endres of Lodi, Wisconsin, is a Dairy Science & Life Sciences Communication major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Caroline Warns of Keezletown, Virginia is majoring in Dairy Science at Virginia Tech.

Junior Merit Scholarships

The National Dairy Shrine Junior Merit Scholarship is to encourage qualified undergraduate students to pursue careers in the dairy industry or related occupations. Bethany Dado, of Amery, Wisconsin has been awarded the top scholarship of $1500. Bethany is a Dairy Science & Genetics double major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Additionally, five other undergraduate students have been awarded $1000 scholarships.

Mary Liebenstein of Dundas, Minnesota, is attending the University of Minnesota and majoring in Animal Science – Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Jessica Currie of Tully, New York is majoring in Dairy Science and Agricultural Business Development at Morrisville State College. Kara Maxwell of Donahue, Iowa, is a Dairy Science major at Iowa State University. Mariah Schmitt of Fort Atkinson, Iowa, is a Dairy Sciences and Agriculture & Society major at Iowa State University. Kyle Sollenberger of Spring City, Pennsylvania, attends Penn State University and majors in Animal Science.

Sophomore Merit Scholarships

The National Dairy Shrine Sophomore Merit Scholarship is to encourage qualified undergraduate students to pursue careers in the dairy industry or related occupations. Johanna Knorr of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota has been awarded the top scholarship of $1500. Johanna is double majoring in Animal Science and Agricultural Food Business Management at the University of Minnesota. Additionally, three other undergraduate students have been awarded $1000 scholarships.

Trevor Otte of Randolph, Minnesota, attends the University of Minnesota and majors in Animal Science – Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Amber Gabel of Newport, Pennsylvania is majoring in Animal Science at Penn State University. Elizabeth Endres of Waunakee, Wisconsin is majoring in Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Maurice Core Scholarship

These $1000 scholarships are given in honor of Maurice Core, the long-time Executive Secretary of the American Jersey Cattle Association, and former Executive Director of the National Dairy Shrine. The funds for this award were donated by the friends of Maurice Core. The Core Scholarships are given to freshman status students working toward a degree in dairy/animal science or related majors.

Receiving Maurice Core Scholarships are Tony Lopes of Gustine, California, who is a student at California Polytechnic State University- San Luis Obispo. Next is Ethan Haywood from Hastings, Michigan, who is attending Michigan State University. Next is Gabriella Sorg of Hastings, Minnesota, who is attending the University of Minnesota. The final recipient is Laura Jensen from Comstock, Wisconsin, who is attending the University of Minnesota. All of these college freshmen have been excellent students and very active in campus activities.

Iager Scholarship

The Iager Scholarship for $1000 is awarded annually to students in a two year agricultural school pursuing a career in the dairy industry. It is based on academic standing, leadership ability, interest in the dairy industry and plans for the future. This scholarship was started with a generous donation from the Charles and Judy Iager family of Fulton, Maryland.

The two recipients this year are; Chelsey Jean of Cissna Park, Illinois, who is attending Kaskaskia College majoring in Dairy Science and Leah Hershberger of Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, who is attending Potomac State College majoring in Agriculture Resource Management. Both are good students with definite plans for a future in the dairy industry.
The annual National Dairy Shrine Awards Banquet will be held in Madison, Wisconsin, on Thursday October 1st. For more information about the students being recognized by National Dairy Shrine or tickets for the Awards Banquet, contact the NDS office at [email protected] Additional information on National Dairy Shrine membership or other activities is also available at www.dairyshrine.org. Dairy enthusiasts are encouraged to become a part of the most important dairy organization helping to inspire future dairy leaders, honor current dairy leaders, preserve dairy history, and promote the dairy industry.



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