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West Allis - Twenty-six youth from all over the state shared $30,000 worth of scholarship awarded by the Blue Ribbon Sale of Champions Foundation.

The Foundation awarded five $2000 awards, six $1500 awards, seven $1000 scholarships and eight $500 scholarships during the 2016 Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the Wisconsin State Fair. Governor Scott Walker presented the scholarship recipients with a certificate of recognition.

This year’s top scholarships were awarded to Bailey Fritsch, Dodgeville, Allison Hawthorne, Westby, Mason Sinda, Franksville, Hannah Taylor, Arlington and Andrea Wench, East Troy.

Receiving $1500 scholarships are Sharla Boehlke, Random Lake, Katelyn Gonzalez, Delavan, Bailey Jones, Darlington, Katelyn Schmoll, Wausau, Mercedes Schulz, Dalton, and Alexis Timmel, Johnson Creek.

The $1000 winners are Asia Cherney, Viola, Kelsee Fargo, Barneveld, Brett Jones, Darlington, Hunter Langholff, Wisconsin Rapids, Casey Lobdell, Darlington, Megan Roew, West Salem and Reid Suddeth, Mineral Point.

The $500 scholarship recipients are Cody Adams, Platteville, Alisyn Dovenberg, Bangor, Tori Kohlwey, Adell, Maegan Ann Kreuscher, Kansasville, Savannah Lawinger, Mineral Point, Emily Schultz, Iron Ridge, Emma Wagner, Madison and Brett Waldron, Franksville. 

Given on an annual basis, the recipients are recognized for their leadership skills, academic achievements, accomplishments as Wisconsin State Fair Junior Livestock exhibitors and potential as future contributors to the livestock industry.  The awards are used to assist them with their educational expenses.

Judges for this year's scholarships were Keri Retallick, 2K Cattle Enterprises; Colleen Kottke, Wisconsin State Farmer and Cole Carling, Case IH.

The Blue Ribbon Sale of Champions Foundation manages the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction to provide a platform for enhancing and strengthening the agriculture community of Wisconsin, and to foster better understanding of the agriculture industry throughout our society.

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