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South Dakota Ag Connection - 06/02/2020

SDSU Extension has selected recipients for the 2020 South Dakota 4-H scholarships. Scholarships are funded by South Dakota 4-H and other 4-H donors and supporters.

Meet the 2020 4-H Scholarship winners:

John F. and Beryl Younger 4-H Scholarship ($300) -- Kayla Fischer has been an active member of the Clever Clovers 4-H Club in Day County for nine years participating in various projects including Youth in Action events, 4-H Junior Leaders and livestock shows. She has also been active with South Dakota 4-H Youth Ambassadors and has held offices in FFA and FCCLA. In August, Fischer will attend South Dakota State University to pursue a degree in early childhood education.

Danika Gordon: John F. and Beryl Younger 4-H Scholarship ($300) -- Danika Gordon has been a member of the Crow Peak Valley Rangers 4-H Club in Lawrence County since 2010 and has held many club leadership roles, served as a State 4-H Ambassador and earned the State 4-H Key Award in 2019. Additionally, Gordon has been active in National Honor Society, soccer, Spanish and Journalism Club, Youth Leadership Team, Student Council and FFA. In the fall, she will attend South Dakota State University to study agribusiness and marketing.

Morgan Melius: Robert and Maxine Olson 4-H Endowment ($1,500) -- Morgan Melius has been a member of the Faulkton Wranglers 4-H Club for nine years. In addition to her 4-H activities, she has been active in FCCLA, FFA, church youth group, volleyball, track, and serves as a volunteer with her church and Jump Rope for Heart. Melius will attend South Dakota State University in the fall to pursue a degree in elementary or secondary education.

Matthew Sperry: Folkerts Family Scholarship ($1,100) -- Matthew Sperry of Brown County is currently studying precision agriculture and agronomy at South Dakota State University. He is an officer for the Golden Key International Honor Society at SDSU, serves as an adult 4-H leader, and mentors the Robotics Team and Sound Crew at his high school. Over the last 12 years, Sperry has logged over 7,800 volunteer hours.

The South Dakota 4-H shooting sports committee awarded six scholarships to youth in the shooting sports program. Scholarships were funded by entrance fees paid at the state match and recipients were chosen by a group of 4-H volunteers.

Meet the 2020 4-H Shooting Sports Scholarship Winners:

Kate DeVelder ($1,000) -- Kate DeVelder is a nine-year member of the Clay County Flyers 4-H Club in Vermillion that provides care packages to the volunteers who work at the state 4-H shoot each year. DeVelder has competed at the state level several times, attended the 2018 National Shooting Sports Ambassador training in Bozeman, Montana, then served as a South Dakota State 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador. In the fall, she will attend Black Hills State University.

Emily Nold ($750) -- Emily Nold of Rutland is a past National 4-H Shooting Sports Championship competitor in the muzzle loading discipline. In addition to shooting sports, she has been an active member of the Brookings County 4-H program and has enjoyed showing sheep. Nold will attend South Dakota State University in the fall.

Curt Spilde ($500) -- Curt Spilde graduated from Deuel High School in 2019 and immediately began his career in the South Dakota National Guard. He was an active member of the Deuel County shooting sports program and has represented South Dakota 4-H at the 4-H National Shooting Sports Championship in the muzzle loading discipline. Additionally, Spilde enjoyed showing livestock. Now that he has completed his initial military training, he plans to attend Lake Area Technical Institute.

Taryn Opdahl ($500) -- Taryn Opdahl is an eleven-year member of the Opdahl Ranchers 4-H Club in Hamlin County. In addition to shooting sports, she has attended Teen Leadership Conference where she found her career passion. Throughout high school, Opdahl has thoroughly enjoyed serving as a teacher's aide and plans to pursue higher education to become a speech pathologist.

Alisha McMartin ($500) -- Alisha McMartin of West Central High School has been active in shooting sports throughout her time as a 4-H member. She has participated in the Daisy National BB Gun Tournament and won the Returning Champions Match in 2016. In addition to shooting sports, McMartin enjoyed showing sheep and learned a lot from her livestock projects. She will attend South Dakota State University in the fall.

Eli Dissing ($250) -- Eli Dissing of Tri-Valley High School has represented South Dakota 4-H at the 4-H National Shooting Sports Championship in the air rifle discipline and the Humbolt Sharpshooters at the Daisy National BB Gun Tournament. While in high school, Dissing served as vice president of his FFA chapter. In the fall, Dissing will attend Lake Area Technical Institute to pursue a degree in diesel technology.

Scholarship applications are due to the State 4-H office by April 1 each year. Application instructions for upcoming 4-H Scholarships can be found on the SDSU Extension website.

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