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CASSTOWN — The Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter recently recognized graduates of Miami East High School that had been enrolled in agricultural education and members of the FFA chapter. In order to qualify for the scholarship, the applicants completed an essay on “The Benefits of Agricultural Education” and been active in the FFA Chapter for at least one year. Each recipient received a cash scholarship to be used for their further education.

Kendra Beckman is the daughter of Mark and Kim Beckman. She participated in the agricultural communications contest, attended FFA camp, and served as a chapter officer for three years.

“I have learned a great deal about crop and animal production. More than I thought,” Beckman said.

Kolin Bendickson is the son of Derrick and Kris Bendickson. He participated in the Tractor Trouble Shooting contest, attended Ag Day, and earned his State FFA Degree.

“I have learned so much from my Supervised Agriculture Experience of custom baling. I have learned that records are important,” Bendickson said.

Daniel Bodenmiller is the son of Mark and Brenda Bodenmiller. He earned his State FFA Degree, competed in the Skills Class contest and helped with the Farm Safety Day.

“I have learned to work hard in my job placement sites and to save my money,” Bodenmiller said.

Tanner Church is the son of Gary and Rhonda Church. He has participated in the Agriculture Engineering contest, Farm Safety Day, and earned his State FFA Degree.

“Agricultural Education is important because we need future leaderships in the agriculture industry,” Church said.

Matt Davis is the son of Darrell Davis and Lisa Whallen. He has participated in Farm Safety Day, Fruit Sales, and National FFA Week activities.

Davis shared, “Knowing where your food comes from is important. I have a better understanding of how my food gets to my plate because of my agriculture class.”

Colin Hawes is the son of Larry and Tonya Hawes. He attended the state and national FFA conventions, competed in the Agricultural Sales Contest, and was a high fruit seller.

He shared, “Agriculture has something to do with every aspect of everyone’s life. Farmers provide us all so much.”

Rebekah Eidemiller is the daughter of Eric Eidemiller and LaDonna Mays. She competed in the Agricultural Communications contest, served as a chapter officer and attended the Washington Leadership Conference.

“Agriculture is the foundation of America. It is the most important industry,” Eidemiller said.

Andrew Kowalak is the son of Mark and Gretchen Kowalak. He has participated in Food Science, attended the Washington Leadership Conference and earned his State FFA Degree.

Kowalak shared, “In agriculture classes I learned a lot about leadership and communication skills.”

Shane Richardson is the son of Jim Richardson and Jenell Krites. Shane has participated in the Food Science contest, Ag Day for elementary students, and Farm Safety Day. “I gained skills through hands-on learning. The lessons were not always easy but hands-on activities helped me learn,” Richardson said.

Kelly Rindler is the daughter of Mike and Natalie Rindler. She has participated in the National Agriscience Fair, attended FFA Camp, and competed in the Food Science contest.

“I have greatly improved my public speaking abilities from my freshman to my senior year because of my agriculture classes, ” Rindler said.

Lindsey Roeth is the daughter of Mark and Paula Roeth. She earned the State FFA Degree, competed in Food Science, earned her State FFA Degree and attended FFA Camp.

Roeth shared, “I was a very quiet and shy girl that has developed leadership and communication skills I can use the rest of my life.”

Richard “Austin” Rush is the son of Rick Rush and Bobbi Konicki. He competed in horse judging, earned his State FFA Degree and attended FFA Camp.

“I learned about agriculture from my family but not all students have that opportunity. That’s why agriculture classes are important,” Rush said

Lauren Williams is the daughter of Scott and Pam Williams. She has three times won a State FFA Proficiency Award, earned her State FFA Degree, and served as a chapter officer.

Williams said, “What I learned in the classroom, I have kept accurate financial records and investments of my projects.”

The Miami East FFA Alumni was able to provide these scholarship recipients with monies because of the donations and support of community members through such projects as the Longaberger basket bingo in January and the silent auction at the chapter banquet in April.

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