Brittany Fink, 18, the daughter of John and Vicky Fink, Mayville, earned the John Lepple Memorial Scholarship and was presented with the award at the conclusion of the Dodge County Fair.
Fink is a member of the Lomira Clover Leaves 4-H Club and will be a freshman attending the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Her future plans are to pursue a degree in animal science with a pre-vet emphasis and eventually become a large-animal veterinarian.
She is a 2016 graduate of Winnebago Lutheran Academy in Fond du Lac, graduating eleventh out of a class of 69. She was involved in numerous organizations in school, but since her school did not have an FFA organization, she concentrated her efforts on her dairy project through her 4-H club.
Brittany held numerous offices in her 4-H club, including president. She is a youth leader in her club and a dairy youth leader.
Fink is also a youth representative on the Dodge County 4-H Leaders Executive board, and she volunteers for numerous county 4-H activities, including the 4-H fish fry, club brat fry, playing bingo with residents of Hope nursing home, Dodge County Dairy brunch, camp counselor and more. Outside of school and 4-H she also helps with her church’s vacation Bible School, with bell-ringing for the Salvation Army and more.
She is grateful for the award of the scholarship to help pay for her education. She also helps to fund it by working on her family’s dairy farm and working at the Mayville Vet Clinic.
In making the presentation, Paul Lepple commended Fink and other applicants for their dedication to dairy.
The award is given to honor John Lepple, who was a technician with East Central Select Sires before he lost his life in an automobile accident. He is remembered for the encouragement and advice he provided to many young dairy farmers and his sincere interest in helping them succeed.
The award is given each year to someone with an interest in a career in agriculture. Funds come from those who wanted to honor his memory and are held in an account in the Horicon State Bank with a committee overseeing the funds. The annual award will continue as long as there are funds available.