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On the heels of the first annual Youth Engagement and Scholarship Fun Night event, members of the board of the Monroe-Shelby County Cattlemen’s Association have awarded an additional $6000 in scholarships to local students to assist with educational expenses, totaling $12,000 for the year. “We are very pleased to be able to reinvest proceeds from our event back into our local communities through deserving students who have a wide variety of career interests,” stated Marshall Gingrich, board member and scholarship chair. Plans are underway for the 2nd Annual Youth Engagement event on March 11, 2023, in Shelbina, Missouri according to Gingrich.
The Thomas L. Jones “Continuing the Legacy” Educational Scholarship is awarded in remembrance of Tom Jones who was a longtime Hereford breeder in Monroe County and a lifetime member of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. Mr. Jones was instrumental in the formation and livelihood of his local MCA affiliate and felt strongly about supporting youth in the community.
Schyler Angell of Paris is a sophomore at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where she is majoring in Agricultural Communications. On campus she is active in the Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) club as well as the Student Mobilization organization. She was a recent intern for Missouri Farm Bureau as a promotion and education liaison and a long-time member of the Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association.
Carly Collins of Lentner is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a member of Sigma Alpha professional women’s agriculture sorority, as well as Collegiate Farm Bureau and MU Ag Ed Society. Carly has been on the MU Dean’s list for the past four semesters.
Colton Devore of Clarence is a freshman studying Livestock and Equine Management at North Central Missouri College in Trenton with plans to obtain employment in production agriculture upon graduation. Colton graduated from South Shelby High School in May, 2022, where he was active in FFA receiving a state proficiency award in Wildlife Management. He has also been active in the Missouri High School Rodeo Association and Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s.
Erin Heinecke of Paris is studying Biochemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia with aspirations of attending the accelerated BSN program at the Sinclair School of Nursing to become a RN. On campus she is a member of Sigma Alpha and the CAFNR Student Council. Erin was a past Missouri State FFA officer during her freshman year at MIZZOU.
Kirby Latimer of Hunnewell is pursuing his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia with plans to return to northeast Missouri and operate his own private food animal clinic focused on beef production. Kirby has been a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and served on the CAFNR Student Council.
Ryan Ragsdale of Holliday is a junior studying Agri-business/Ag Systems Technology at the University of Missouri-Columbia with plans to join his families row crop and cattle operation post-graduation. On campus, Ryan has been active in the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and co-chairman of the AGR Steers & Stripes beef cattle show. He has also been involved in the National Agri-Marketing Association collegiate chapter.