Youth receive Black Hills Angus Association scholarships
February 12, 2015
The Black Hills Angus Association presented scholarships to three students during their banquet Feb. 1, 2015.
Autumn Haan is the daughter of Alvin and Carla Haan of Chancellor, SD. She is currently a senior at Lennox High School with a GPA of 3.9 and will graduate in May 2015. Autumn has been accepted to South Dakota State University and will major in Animal Science.
Autumn has been involved in 4-H for 10 years, FFA for 4 years and has been a member of the National Junior Angus Association for 2 years. Her other activities include National Honor Society, Basketball, Volleyball, Band, Church involvement, and she volunteers at her local nursing home.
Autumn sees herself advancing the beef industry by informing the public about the importance of it and destroying the bad myths about beef cattle. By creating websites, social media accounts, and lots of advertising she plans to get the word out about the beef industry's importance to society.
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Jessica Kammerer is the daughter of Matt and April Kammerer of Rapid City, SD. She graduated from Central High School in 2014 with a GPA of 3.7. Jessica is currently attending Northwest College in Powell, WY majoring in Animal Science.
Jessica has been involved in 4-H for 11 years, and the National Junior Angus Association for 8 years. Other activities include National Honor Society, Rodeo Club, Spanish Club, Drama, Jr. Leaders and is very active in showing livestock. Jessica has also helped feed and show five Black Hills Angus Association donation heifers.
Jessica says she wants to stay in the agricultural field of work and help promote the beef industry. She said, "Being able to show beef from a young age has led me to an even bigger passion of wanting to build my own herd in the future. I see this as advancing the beef industry, I think every industry needs the younger generation to show an interest and help expand it."
Callie Kukuchka is the daughter of Craig and Deb Kukuchka of Belle Fourche, SD. She is currently a senior at Newell High School where she maintains a GPA of 3.75 and will graduate in May of 2015. Callie has been accepted to South Dakota State University and will major in Animal Science with a minor in Ag Business.
Callie has been involved in 4-H for 9 years, FFA for 4 years, and the National Junior Angus Association for 1 year. Her other activities include National Honor Society, Teen Leadership Conference, Drama, Rangeland Days, Livestockology, Talent shows and has sang at many events.
Callie sees herself advancing the beef industry by going to school to help her better understand it, promoting it through her business, and setting an example for others. She says, "We need to keep advancing the industry and keep people interested in it because without the interest of future generations, there will be no industry."
Since the inception of the Black Hills Angus Association Scholarship Program in 2008 over $60,000 has been raised and $25,000 has been given to South Dakota Youth.
Black Hills Angus Association Scholarship Recipients
Janelle Foos 2008
Brittney Volek 2009
David Buseman 2010
Kip Littau 2011
Amanda Kammerer 2012
Wyatt Kammerer 2013
Christina Mogck 2013
Trevor Larson 2013
Kay Mars 2014
Sydney Sleep 2014
Brianna Buseman 2014
–Black Hills Angus Association