Congratulations to this year’s Student Leader Scholars. Ten individuals have been recognized as Student Leader Scholars and will receive a $3,000 scholarship to support their 2016-2017 academic studies. Eight of these scholarships are generously supported by the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, while the other two will be funded by the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania.
The ten recipients include:
Catherine “Katie” Anderson, who is a sophomore at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College studying Business Management. A Huntingdon County native who grew up in Three Springs, Katie is the daughter of Wayne and Carrie Anderson and resides on her family’s small diversified livestock farm. After graduation, Katie hopes to one day manage a dairy farm while continuing to be active in dairy promotion.
Paul Brown, who is a junior studying Agribusiness Management at the Pennsylvania State University. The son of Jennie and Dale Brown, Paul lives and works on his family’s 950-cow dairy, Jo-Bo Holsteins, located in Gettysburg. To bridge the gap, farms must be open to hosting visitors to the farm and answering all types of questions they may have. In the future, Paul hopes to either be work on a dairy or assist producers.
Josh Brubaker, who studying Agribusiness Management and a junior at the Pennsylvania State University. Josh is the son of Michael and Lisa Brubaker who reside on Brubaker Farms located in Mount Joy. On the farm, Josh has helped with calf and heifer management and now also assists with cow health and reproduction. Upon graduation, Josh plans to go back to the dairy to help further his farm’s efficiency and profitability.
Matt Harnish, who will be a freshman at Northeast Iowa Community College studying Dairy Science. A Lancaster County native, Matt is the son of Barry and Vicki Harnish of Willow Street, Pa and grew up on his family’s 85-cow dairy. Active in the FFA, Matt served as the Garden Spot FFA Chapter President and worked on two dairy operations. In the future, Matt hopes to start his own dairy operation.
Leah Hershberger-Weisel, who is a junior studying Business at the Pennsylvania State University, World Campus. Leah is the daughter of Ross and Yvonne Hershberger of Martinsburg located in Blair County. Throughout her undergraduate career, Leah has obtained an Associate’s Degree in Agribusiness Management and is a certified artificial inseminator. She is also employed full-time on her family’s dairy where she is the calf manager. Upon graduation, Leah hopes to become a herdswoman on a dairy operation.
Katie Hess, who is studying Animal Science and a junior at the Pennsylvania State University. A resident of Lancaster, Katie is the daughter of David and Starla Hess and lives on her family’s dairy farm. On the farm, Katie assists with making herd management decisions as well as everyday on-farm responsibilities. Interested in animal nutrition, Katie hopes to obtain an internship with a feed company and then one day work as a dairy sales consultant.
Laura Lesher, who is a junior studying Animal Science at the Pennsylvania State University. The daughter of William and Lolly Lesher of Way-Har Farms, Laura resides in Bernville, Berks County. Laura previously served as the Pennsylvania Junior Holstein Association President and was honored as a Young Distinguished Junior Member finalist. Upon graduation, Laura hopes to work on a dairy farm to learn various dairying methods and then one day return to her family’s dairy where she would be the fourth generation.
Maria Jo Noble, who is studying Community Relations & Public Affairs and a senior at SUNY Empire State College. Maria is the daughter of Stuart and Elaine Noble who own and operate Nobledale Farm in Gillet, Bradford County. A past Pennsylvania State Dairy Princess, Maria is passionate about dairy promotion and bridging the gap between consumers and dairy producers. Upon graduation, Maria wants to pursue a career in communications and dairy promotion and then going back to her family’s farm to start a cheese making business.
Katie Osborne, who is entering her senior year at Wake Forest University studying biology. The daughter of James and Irene Osbourne, Katie grew up on enjoying her grandparent’s dairy farm and now her own small show herd. After one of her cows contracted chronic mastitis, Katie became extremely interested in researching the illness, which has since turned into her Honors thesis. After graduating from Wake Forest University, Katie plans on attending vet school and obtaining a PhD for her mastitis research.
Emily Shaw, who is studying Agribusiness Management and entering her senior year at the Pennsylvania State University. The daughter of Steve and Karyn Shaw, Emily grew up in Williamsburg, Blair County, and currently serves as the Penn State Dairy Science Club President. While she didn’t grow up on a typical dairy operation, Emily assists on her family’s small heifer raising operation and has interned on a large dairy in Georgia. Upon graduation, Emily hopes to pursue a career in agribusiness, specifically in finance.
Congratulations to these ten individuals, who were selected from a pool of thirty-four very deserving candidates. Information on the 2017 Student Leader Scholarship will be available in February 2017.