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WISCONSIN FARM TECHNOLOGY DAYS, INC. ANNOUNCES THREE YOUTH AS SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

At the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days Annual meeting April 3 in Madison, three scholarship recipients were announced for three youth who volunteered before and during the 2012 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in Outagamie County, the first year for three scholarships. The recipients were Emily Stille ($500) from Black Creek, Melissa Maass ($1,000) from Seymour and Joshua Hopkins ($2,000) from Seymour. The criteria for selecting these recipients were volunteer contributions to the 2012 show and their involvement in their school and community as volunteers.

Emily Stille volunteered in the youth tent with the plant and soil science booth and assisted with other activities in the Youth Tent. Emily held numerous offices in her 4-H club and is currently serving as president of the Outagamie County 4-H Youth Leaders. She received the 4-H Key Award, 'I Dare You' Award, and Leadership Award. She has volunteered at the Children's Hospital, assisted living home and Mosquito Hill Nature Center. Emily is currently in her first year at Fox Valley Technical College, pursuing a Horticulture Technician Program degree. Her dream job is to own and manage a greenhouse/landscaping business.

Melissa Maass was involved in the tiling demonstration, laying tile and answering questions from members of the audience. Melissa was active in FFA serving as an officer, involved in numerous FFA committees and participated on the high school basketball and soccer teams. In community activities, Melissa volunteered with the Salvation Army, at an assisted living home, and for Habitat for Humanity, Paul's Pantry and Adopt-A-Highway. Currently Melissa is a senior at the Seymour High School and plans to attend the Farm and Industry Short Course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She plans to pursue a career in agriculture.

Joshua Hopkins was active in youth related activities at the show and served as the liaison for FFA member volunteers before, during and after the show. He is a captain in the Seymour Fire Department Explorers, volunteers in his church youth group, and is involved a scholastic clay target program. In high school Josh served as captain of the track and field and cross county teams. Josh is currently a senior at the Seymour High School and plans to attend Fox Valley Technical College, pursuing a degree in Fire Protection and Wildland Fire program. His life's goal is to become a firefighter working with fighting wildfires which destroy large areas of agricultural and forest lands.

The support for these scholarships is provided by the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days Board of Directors. Members of the board's Executive the Committee served as the evaluators of the applicants.