Select Sires MidAmerica is pleased to award $1,000 scholarships to 10 high school seniors. The annual scholarship program recognizes outstanding youth of Select Sires MidAmerica customer-owners with preference given to incoming freshmen at a university or college majoring in an agriculture-related field. Selection is based on high school and community involvement, beef and dairy activities and leadership characteristics.
Osanna Koester, daughter of Raymond and Teresa Koester, resides in Wadesville, Ind. Her extracurricular activities include swimming, lacrosse, chamber orchestra and church youth group. As an active member of 4-H, Osanna has completed both dairy and livestock projects and competes in dairy judging. She plans to pursue an education in agricultural business with a minor in German.
Kirby Latimer, son of Kenny and Imogene Latimer, attends North Shelby High School in Hunnewell, Mo. He currently serves as president of the National Honor Society and student council and as treasurer for the senior class. He plays football, basketball and baseball and is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Kirby has served as both president and secretary of his FFA chapter and has earned accolades in agronomy, parliamentary procedure and farm management contests.
Madison Leak, daughter of Matt and Lena Leak, resides in Cornish, Utah. She attends Sky View High School and currently serves as the senior class secretary. Since 2014, she has been a member of the National Honor Society. She is active in FFA, serving as reporter in 2017 and 2018, has earned awards for dairy judging and attends state and national conventions.
Kinle Lewis, daughter of Mat and Wendy Lewis, attends Caliche High School in Illiff, Colo. Kinle is extremely active in FFA, holding both district and chapter offices, contributing to committees and fundraisers, competing in a variety of Career Development Events and earning accolades for public speaking. She also holds offices in the Proctor Peppers 4-H Club and is a member of the National and Colorado Junior Limousin Associations and the National Junior Angus Association. She attends numerous jackpot shows and has exhibited market steers, market lambs, junior heifers and bulls at the Colorado State Fair.
Tyler London, son of Johnny and Lesley London, attends Metcalfe County High School in Center, Ky. As a student athlete, Tyler plays varsity basketball and tennis and is on the golf team. He is a member of the National Honor Society and president of Metcalfe FFA. He exhibits cattle at local, district, state and national levels, showing Ayrshires, Holsteins and Brown Swiss. Tyler also volunteers for the local fair board and assists in coordinating events for 4-H and FFA.
Jaron Meeks is the son of Deane and Kristi Meeks and attends Loup County High School in Taylor, Neb. He serves as president for his class, sits on the student council and participates in quiz bowl. His athletic activities include football and wrestling. Jaron is also a member of 4-H and FFA and plans to attend Chadron State College to pursue an education in Rangeland Livestock Management.
Jace Stagemeyer, son of Brent and Carla Stagemeyer, attends O’Neill Public High School in Page, Neb. Jace is a member of the National Honor Society, an honor roll student and Gold Academic Award winner. He is a trumpet player, performing in concert, marching, pep, Jazz and the Pierce Honor bands. Jace has held offices in 4-H and FFA and is active in the Nebraska Junior Angus Association. He has had success as a champion beef showman at the Aksarben Livestock Show, Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic and the South Dakota State Hereford Show.
Boone Svoboda, son of Arnold and Teresa Svoboda, attends Lawrence/Nelson High School in Deweese, Neb. As a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, he is involved with youth group activities and church fundraisers. In his community, he participates in American Red Cross Blood Drives, volunteers as a Salvation Army Bell Ringer, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels and is an elected deputy for Cornhusker Boys State. At his high school, he plays in the band, serves as a class officer and is involved in sports activities. Boone is a 4-H member and competes in livestock judging. He has held offices in FFA and participates in a variety of Career Development Events.
Trevor Thue, son of Dale and Crystal Thue, attends Hamlin High School in Lake Norden, S.D. He enjoys exhibiting cattle at the Watertown Winter Farm Show and the South Dakota State Fair. His extracurricular activities include youth group, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, American Legion baseball and football. Trevor is also a member of the National Honor Society and plans to pursue an education in precision agriculture and agronomy.
Faith Wilson, daughter of Dallas and Andi Wilson, attends Hillsboro High School in Dittmer, Mo. She is a member of the National Honor Society, sits on the student council, serves in student government and plays soccer. Her agricultural activities include 4-H, exhibiting cattle and she has completed A.I. certification training. She plans to attend University of Missouri – Columbia and major in biology with an emphasis in animal science.
These individuals exemplify the future of the agriculture industry and Select Sires MidAmerica, Inc. is proud to recognize these young adults for their dedication, passion and success.
Based in Logan, Utah, Select Sires MidAmerica, Inc. is a farmer-owned and -controlled cooperative that operates in 11 states throughout mid-America as a member of Select Sires Inc., North America’s largest A.I. organization. As the industry leader, Select Sires provides highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying beef and dairy producers with North America’s best genetics at a reasonable price.