For the first time, the Lakeshore Two Cylinder Club has awarded four scholarships to teenage boys who completed a tractor driving and agricultural safety course earlier this year at Lakeshore Technical College.
The club, which is based in Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties, recognized the four recipients at a recent potluck dinner meeting and program. It has awarded scholarships for the past five years but had never given more than three in any year.
This year's recipients were chosen from six applicants. They were among the 14 students who completed the 24-hour course taught at LTC by Terrilynn Hastreiter, who has since taken a position with the Denmark State Bank, and Brandon Garofalo of Oostburg, who handled the makeups for the students who could not attend all of the four scheduled Saturday sessions in April.
Offered through LTC's energy and agriculture program, the course satisfies requirements in federal and state laws for operators of tractors and self-propelled farm implements who are under the age of 16. Students must be at least 14 years old when they take the test at the end of the course. Those who complete the course also receive a certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Extension Service.
Two of this year scholarship recipients are from Manitowoc County, and two are from Sheboygan County. They each earned a scholarship to cover the $139 fee for the course. The awards were presented by club president Gerald Neuser of Mishicot and LTC executive dean of manufacturing, trades and agriculture Rich Hoerth.
Zachary Olson of Manitowoc, whose parents are Dale and Michelle, will be driving tractors for his godfather Tony Roberts who raises beef cattle. Ryan Kleinhans of rural Kiel (town of Eaton) will be working on the farm owned by his parents Michael and Nancy.
Parker Hersey of rural Elkhart Lake, whose parents are Robert and Cheryl, will be driving tractors for the nearby Drake Dairy. The fourth recipient, Malik Griessmeyer, will be working on the Donald Hopf farm near Howards Grove. His parents are Dean and Stacy Hopf.
The Lakeshore Two Cylinder Club was able to award its highest number of scholarships in large part to the success of its annual tractor show held in Newton on the last full weekend of June.
On Sunday, Oct. 12, the club will take its approximately 20-mile trail tractor ride. The group will leave the town of Meeme hall in School Hill following an 11 a.m. chili dinner. There will be a brief stop at the turnaround site in the village of St. Nazianz.
At the club's annual meeting and banquet in November, members will contribute to a food drive to support the Rays of Hope food pantry in Kiel.