Two outstanding young adults on track to be leaders in the dairy community are getting help from the Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative to achieve their dreams.
DBMMC has awarded $1,000 education scholarships to Emily Annexstad and Brooke Moore.
Annexstad is a senior at St. Peter High School in St. Peter, MN., with plans to attend the University of Minnesota Twin Cities this fall to major in animal science or agricultural communication and marketing. She has been active in 4-H, FFA, soccer, band, choir, Minnesota Junior Holstein Association, and is currently serving as the Nicollet County Dairy Princess. She plans to be involved in agriculture related activities while in college.
'Emily is a student every teacher wishes to have. She simply enjoys school and makes the most of her education. Through the FFA I have seen Emily serve as an exemplary leader that other follow,' Gena Lilienthl, Agriculture Education instructor and FFA advisor at St. Peter High school, said.
No matter where her career takes her, Emily plans to continue speaking up for agriculture. 'Agriculture has already had an enormous impact on my life, and I am excited to see where it will take me in the future,' she said.
The second scholarship recipient, Moore, is a senior at Black Hawk High School in South Wayne, WI, planning to attend UW-Madison to major in food or animal science or kinesiology. She has been active in sports, forensics, drama, 4-H, and FFA. She is also the Black Hawk Class of 2016 Valedictorian.
'Brooke is a self-motivated learner and worker. She gives every task her very best effort and the finished product reflects her persistence and hard work. Brooke is always willing to take on extra work and responsibilities to alleviate the stress and work-load of others of others, though there are no rewards for doing so,' Rachel Wolff, Black Hawk High School mathematics teacher and Varsity volleyball coach, said.
Brooke is excited to start the next chapter of her life in college and to stay involved in her school and community.
This is the third year DBMMC has offered scholarships to help finance higher education for the children of its members. Scott Munes, DBMMC's business development manager, said the co-op plans to continue awarding scholarships for outstanding dairy-minded students in the years to come.
'Passion and leadership are vital to the future of our dairy community,' Munes said. 'Emily and Brooke exemplify these characteristics. They are great examples of the talent that we need in agriculture, and we are happy to support them as they continue their education.'
Students competing for the scholarships were judged on academic achievement, leadership and participation in school and community activities, academic honors, goals and aspirations, recommendations and work experience.