Three teenagers from both Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties shared in the six scholarships awarded this year by the Lakeshore Two Cylinder Tractor Club to graduates of the tractor safety certification course offered by the Extension Service's 4-H program.
This year's certification training at the Camp Tapawingo 4-H camp grounds in northern Manitowoc County had 30 attendees for the April 15 to 17 weekend session and 24 for the session on April 29 to May 1. The volunteer instructors were Jim Bingen of Brownsville, Glenn Stuckmann of Sheboygan, and Roger Manke of Valders.
Based on their course achievements and an essay submitted after completion of their certification, six of the 54 attendees were selected to receive a scholarship of $125 each. This is the highest number of scholarships ever awarded by the club whose membership is based in Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties.
Manitowoc County winners
One of the winners from Manitowoc County is Miranda Smith, who will be a freshman at Valders High School. Her parents are Nick and Jacque Smith. She plans to operate tractors on the farm owned by Donna Stock near Newton.
Thirteen year-old Seth Schreiber of Mishicot plans to be driving tractors on his grandfather's farm and possibly for Kevin Stoer at London Dairy, where he has operated smaller units appropriate for working with the alpaca raised there. His parents are Mark and RaLee Schreiber.
The third winner from Manitowoc County is Bryce Schoenberger, who will be in 7th grade at St. Gregory Catholic School in St. Nazianz. He will be driving tractors on his family's Greendale Dairy at rural Kiel. His parents Nic and Christine Schoenberger are co-owners of the farm.
Sheboygan County winners
Beth Koele of Random Lake in southern Sheboygan County, who will be starting 8th grade, will be driving tractors for her grandparents on the Kissinger family farm. Her parents are Matthew and Janet Koele.
Alex Phipps, who is 16 and a student at Plymouth High School, will be driving tractors on his parents' farm and at the Hanke family's dairy farm northeast of Plymouth. He and his parents Phil and Brenda Phipps live near Glenbeulah.
Jesse Jensema of rural Sheboygan Falls will be starting 8th grade at Oostburg Middle School. He will be driving tractors for his parents Jeremie and Brenda Jensema on their Jensema Farms.
Each of the receipients and their parents attended an awards program and potluck dinner sponsored by the Two Cylinder Tractor Club, whose president Gerry Neuser of Mishicot presented the checks to offset fees for the annual certification workshop.
The club has announced that its 2016 tractorcade through the countryside will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2 (a Green Bay Packer bye day). Everyone who is interested can attend at no charge.
The day starts with a chili dinner served at 11 am in the town of Meeme hall in School Hill (County Highway X). At noon, a caravan of tractors and tractor-driven wagons carrying riders takes off for an approximate 25-mile trek through the rural vicinity that is completed at about 3 p.m.
Anyone seeking more information about the event can call Lucy Newman at (920) 467-6053.