The Pettisville FFA Alumni and Friends group is investing in the future by awarding four college scholarships this spring.
Scholarship winners are Chrysta Beck, Mikayla Crouch, Dustin Nofziger, and Josiah Hoops.
• Chrysta Beck, of rural Wauseon, is the daughter of Beth Ann and Dave Beck. She is a sophomore at Mississippi State University majoring in Poultry Science and minoring in Spanish. In high school, she participated in the Pettisville Ever-Ready 4-H Club, the West Clinton MYF, National Honor Society, the Pettisville Spanish Club, and the Super Stars Dance Company.
In FFA, she was a finalist in the area of Small Animal Production and Agriscience Research Proficiencies. She participated in the Agriscience Fair, soil judging, public speaking, general livestock, and Judging and Safety Day. She served as chapter vice president and treasurer, and earned her Ohio FFA degree.
At MSU, she participates in the Mississippi State Collegiate FFA chapter and undergraduate research, and serves as an MSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences ambassador. She is also serving as the historian for the Poultry Science Club. Chrysta will be traveling to New Zealand in early May, where she will learn about its poultry industry, tour farms, and visit college campuses to discuss the state of America’s poultry industry.
• Mikayla Crouch, of rural Wauseon, is the daughter of Jeremy and Kim Crouch. Mikayla is attending The Ohio State University majoring in Agricultural Business.
She served as secretary of the Pettisville FFA, attending Washington Leadership Conference and state and national conventions. She competed in proficiencies and district livestock events, and earned her Ohio FFA degree. She was involved with church youth council and 4-H.
• Dustin Nofziger, of rural Wauseon, is the son of Cathy and Jeff Nofziger. Dustin is attending Northwest State Community College majoring in business with a minor in accounting. Dustin played baseball and soccer, and was in 4-H. He served as treasurer of the Pettisville FFA, assisted with Safety Day and Animal Day, and did research work while attending several science fairs. He attended state and national conventions and received his Ohio FFA degree. He works at Nofziger Pork Farms.
• Josiah Hoops, of Pettisville, is the son of Jim and Brenda Hoops. Josiah is attending Northwest State Community College majoring in Crop and Soil Science. While in high school, he participated in National Honor Society, Jazz Band, track, and the First Church of God Wauseon youth group. In FFA, he participated in Safety Day, Animal Day, urban and rural soil judging, and agronomy and ag engineering career development events. Josiah placed ninth in the state in the Ag Engineering CDE. He also operates the family’s 250-acre farm. He will be receiving his American FFA degree this fall.
FFA Alumni Affiliates were formed to operate in support of the over 7,757 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Their purpose is to help today’s agricultural youth by joining together in a united volunteer effort to assist FFA, promote a greater knowledge of the agricultural industry, and support education in local agricultural education programs.