Colorado Farm Show Announces 2020 Scholarships

DECEMBER 6, 2019 – GREELEY, CO – The Colorado Farm Show will award twelve high school seniors and two college students a total of $29,000 to help with their higher education goals and expenses.

The Colorado Farm Show Board would like to wish all recipients Good Luck in their future educational paths, including:

$4000 Rolling Scholarship Recipients

Kassandra Shoemaker hopes to attend Colorado State University or West Texas A&M to study Ag Business or Animal Science following her graduation from Platte Valley High School in Kersey.

Cameron Frantz attends Rocky Ford High School and expects to attend West Texas A&M University to major in Animal Science.

$2000 Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Joshua Waller wants to attend Colorado State University to study Animal Science or Rangeland Ecology and Management following his graduation from Hoehne High School.

Shelby Tveten is a senior at Roosevelt High School in Johnstown with plans to attend Colorado State University and double major in Ag Business and Neuroscience.

Awna Hirsch of Windsor High School plans to attend either the University of Minnesota or Iowa State University to study Dairy Science.

Jesse Miller plans to study Civil or Environmental Engineering following his graduation from Hotchkiss High School.

Mavric Leighty plans to study Ag Business or Civil Engineering following graduation from McClave High School.

Kendal Powell of Bennet High School, plans to attend West Texas A&M University to study Ag Education with a future desire of developing curriculum for elementary ag education and teaching elementary students about agriculture.

$2000 Carl Luther Memorial Vo-Tech Scholarships

Rylan McCall will attend Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kansas, after graduating from Walsh High School, with plans to earn a degree in the Agriculture Crop Applicator Program.

Brenton “Dax” Towns from Idalia and plans to attend Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Nebraska to study Diversified Agriculture.

$1500 Secondary Scholarship Recipients

Kirsten Wood graduate from Weldon Valley High School and is a Freshman at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, majoring in Ag Business.

Kylie Donovan graduated from Haxtun High School and is now a Sophomore at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, Wyoming, majoring in Ag Education and Agronomy.

$1000 Friend of the Show Scholarship Recipients

Rhys Maxey attends Platte Valley High School in Kersey and plans to attend Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, to pursue a degree in Business Administration.

David Sponaugle will graduate from the Colorado Heritage Education School System and plans to attend the University of Wyoming to study in the engineering field.

You can learn more about each of the 2020 Colorado Farm Show Scholarship Recipients below.

The 2020 Colorado Farm Show Scholarships will be awarded at a banquet in their honor on Wednesday January 29th, 2020 in the Events Center at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley CO.

This brings the total scholarship dollars awarded by the Colorado Farm Show to $262,000!

More about the 2020 Colorado Farm Show

The 56th annual Colorado Farm Show will feature close to 300 ag-related exhibitors. It will draw in more than 30,000 visitors from throughout the region who are interested in learning more about ag products, services, and machinery. There are tons of educational breakout sessions over the 3-day show, topics of which include:

Beef, Equine, Dairy, Sheep, Colorado Produce, Colorado Agriculture Education Days, Ag Spotlight, Ag Outlook, Colorado Weather Report, Weeds, Partners in Ag & many more…

There is no admission fee to attend, simply a $5 parking fee, which includes complimentary shuttle service from your car to the front door, and it goes towards funding of the annual CFS Scholarships too. There is no limit on how many people you can load in your car, truck, semi or tractor for that matter…So, we hope YOU are making plans to attend each and every day!

To see a complete schedule and view the online brochure for the 56th Colorado Farm Show, Jan 28-29-30, 2020, please visit www.coloradofarmshow.com. 

Special thanks to John Elway Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram for supplying the Colorado Farm Show Board members with Dodge Ram Trucks to utilize during the show and one to use year-round, to help promote the 56th Anniversary Colorado Farm Show.

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Learn more about the 2020 CFS Scholarship Recipients –

*2020 CO Farm Show Scholarship Recipient photos are attached to the email

Rolling Scholarship Recipients

Kassandra Shoemaker hopes to attend Colorado State University or West Texas A&M to study Ag Business or Animal Science following her graduation from Platte Valley High School in Kersey. She is a 10-year member of the High Plains Ag 4-H Club where she served as President for two years. She twice won Champion Ranch Horseman for Levels 3 & 4 at the Colorado State Fair. Kassandra was a member of the Weld County Horse Bowl Team that competed at the 2016 National Horse Bowl contest in Columbus, Ohio. In school, she participated in volleyball, basketball, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and FFA. She is President of her FFA chapter, and recently competed at the National FFA Convention in Extemporaneous Public Speaking. Her parents are Wade and Dawn Shoemaker from Gill.

Cameron Frantz attends Rocky Ford High School and expects to attend West Texas A&M University to major in Animal Science. This is his second year of being President of his FFA Chapter where he has totaled over 600 hours in competitions, community service, and chapter business activities. A three-sport athlete (football, basketball, and baseball), Cameron was also active in National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and Student Council while in school. He is a nine-year 4-H member where he held various officer positions, participated in numerous community service activities, and took Vet Science, Market Beef, Woodworking, and Breeding and Market Rabbits. His parents are George and Peggy Frantz from Rocky Ford.

Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Joshua Waller wants to attend Colorado State University to study Animal Science or Rangeland Ecology and Management following his graduation from Hoehne High School. He is a 10-year member of Fisher’s Peak 4-H serving as Vice President for three years and taking various projects including Market & Breeding Beef and Shooting Sports. He is currently the Hoehne FFA Chapter Treasurer and San Isabel District FFA President. He was second place in the Eastern Colorado State Rangeland FFA judging competition, and SE Colorado High Individual on Plant Identification. Joshua is a member of the National Honor Society, and volunteers at the Mesa Vista Veterinary Clinic. His parents are Keith and Kimberlee Waller from Trinidad.

Shelby Tveten is a senior at Roosevelt High School in Johnstown with plans to attend Colorado State University and double major in Ag Business and Neuroscience. She serves as Treasurer of the Roosevelt FFA Chapter and has participated on the Chapter’s Horse Judging and Evaluation team. She is active in National Honor Society and participates in many of their community service projects. Shelby is a nine-year member, and current President, of the Calico ‘N Jeans 4-H Club. In 4-H, she participated in the Citizenship Washington Focus program and is a member, and President, of the Weld 4-H Youth Executive Council. Shelby is the reigning Weld County Fair Queen for 2020. Her parents are Owen and Linda Tveten from Johnstown.

Awna Hirsch is the daughter of Rebecca and Jake Hirsch from Eaton. She will graduate from Windsor High School with plans to attend either the University of Minnesota or Iowa State University to study Dairy Science. A 13-year member of 4-H, Awna competed nationally and internationally on the Colorado 4-H Dairy Judging Team. She was High Individual at the 2018 National 4-H Contest in Madison, Wisconsin, and a member of the first-place team at the 2019 Royal Highland Show in Scotland. She has held numerous officer positions in both 4-H and FFA and credits both organizations with fostering her passion for agriculture. The DairyMax Adopt-A-Farmer program has given her the opportunity to share her ag story with many others in her community.

Jesse Miller plans to study Civil or Environmental Engineering following his graduation from Hotchkiss High School. His career goal is to focus on improving agricultural systems to protect natural resources and improve livelihoods of ag producers. He is President of the Hotchkiss FFA Chapter, and has been active in livestock judging, prepared speaking, and the Washington Leadership Conference as part of his chapter activities. He is a 10-year member of 4-H, participating in market swine, turkey, and chicken projects as well as shooting sports and horse projects. Jesse stays active in his community, volunteering with the Hotchkiss youth baseball program and the Delta County Fair. His school activities include National Honor Society, Student Council, and athletics. His parents are Chuck and Amy Miller from Hotchkiss.

Mavric Leighty is the son of Tony and Kara Leighty from McClave. He plans to study Ag Business or Civil Engineering following graduation from McClave High School. Mavric was captain of his school’s football and basketball teams, and a state qualifier in track. He is also active in Student Council, Knowledge Bowl, and the Random Acts of Kindness club. Among his many achievements in FFA, Mavric lists attending the Washington Leadership Conference, serving in Chapter and District officer positions, and being the recipient of the State FFA Degree.  As a member of the Blue Ribbon 4-H club for ten years, he won several Grand championships for Sheep Showmanship and Market Lambs.

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Kendal Powell is a senior at Bennet High School. Upon graduation, she plans to attend West Texas A&M University to study Ag Education with a future desire of developing curriculum for elementary ag education and teaching elementary students about agriculture. Among her many activities in High School, Kendal has been active in Future Business Leaders of America, Student Council, Yearbook Staff, Wind Symphony, National Honor Society, Cross Country, Track, and Basketball. In FFA, she has held various officer positions on the chapter and district levels. Kendal’s parents are Brett and Joyce Powell from Bennett.

Carl Luther Memorial Vo-Tech Scholarship Recipients

Rylan McCall will attend Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kansas, after graduating from Walsh High School, with plans to earn a degree in the Agriculture Crop Applicator Program. In addition to working on his family’s farm, Rylan has also been employed at Seemann Ranch for four years. Rylan was in 4-H for two years and has been a part of the Walsh FFA chapter for four years, serving as both a chapter and district officer. He played high school basketball and is active in Band, After-Prom fundraising, Science Club, and the video production team. His parents are Chris and Kaylea McCall from Walsh.

Brenton “Dax” Towns is the son of Chad and Jessica Towns from Idalia. A senior at Idalia High School, Brenton plans to attend Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Nebraska to study Diversified Agriculture. He’s a five-year member of the Idalia Starlighters 4-H club, having held multiple officer positions. In FFA, Brenton earned various awards including a State Bronze award in Ag Mechanics in 2018. In school, he takes part in football, basketball, baseball and track as well as Student Council. Brenton has always been community-minded, and lists snow removal for the elderly, preschool playground renovation, and officiating youth sports among his many community service activities.

Secondary Scholarship Recipients

Kirsten Wood is a Freshman at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, majoring in Ag Business. She is the daughter of Donald and Kathy Wood from Weldona. Kirsten graduated from Weldon Valley High School and was active in FFA and 4-H, contributing more than 200 hours of her time to community service activities. She held several leadership positions in 4-H and FFA, including President. Kirsten won numerous Morgan County and Colorado State Fair grand and reserve grand champion awards with her horse, artistic clothing, and dog projects. At NJC, she is active in the collegiate Farm Bureau, Ranch Horse Team, and Aggies Club.

Kylie Donovan graduated from Haxtun High School and is now a Sophomore at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, Wyoming, majoring in Ag Education and Agronomy.  At EWC, she participated on livestock judging and showing teams and competed at many events including National Western Stock Show and American Royal. Apart from school, Kylie is active in the community and has devoted many hours participating in food drives for the Goshen Food Bank, highway cleanup projects, and programs for at-risk youth in Goshen County. Kylie is the daughter of Jason and Amber Donovan from Haxtun.

Friend of the Show Scholarship Recipients

Rhys Maxey attends Platte Valley High School in Kersey. Upon graduation, she plans to attend Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, to pursue a degree in Business Administration. While in High School, Rhys took part in FFA, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and choir. She is a three-sport athlete competing in softball, basketball, and track. Rhys is a 10-year 4-H member with the High Plains Ag 4-H club, taking a variety of projects including Dairy Cattle, and she has been active in community service activities through her church. Rhys is the daughter of Jason and Elaina Maxey from Gill.

David Sponaugle will graduate from the Colorado Heritage Education School System and plans to attend the University of Wyoming to study in the engineering field. He is the son of Rick and Teresa Sponaugle of Greeley. He is President of the Box Elder 4-H Club where he has been a member for 13 years. In 4-H, David has represented his club for Operation Christmas Child, and has volunteered at the Weld Food Bank. He has been a national qualifier for three years in the Shooting Sports project and represented Colorado at the 2018 National 4-H Shooting Sports Competition in recurve archery. He played basketball, football and baseball in High School and participated in the Colorado State Patrol Youth Academy where he earned a leadership award.

Need more information or have questions, please contact Brian Allmer, Colorado Farm Show Marketing Chair at 970-656-3489 or email barnmedia@yahoo.com

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.