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Program Invests Nearly $900,000 in its 18-Year History

Harrisburg - The Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation presented 25 students with $3,500 scholarships on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the 2011 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding presented the scholarship awards, recognizing the integral contributions youth make in keeping Pennsylvania growing.

"The future of Pennsylvania agriculture looks bright thanks to the hard work and dedication of these young leaders," said Redding. "We also thank their parents and families who have molded them into these outstanding individuals, and to the foundation for providing this investment in the state's number one industry."

The foundation has awarded $886,250 to 344 junior Farm Show exhibitors since the program began in 1993. In addition, Delaware Valley College provides matching grants to its recipients, and in 2011, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences offers $2,000 to its full-time students.

The 2011 scholarship recipients are:
Denise Beam, Elverson, Chester County
Annie Cekada, Mineral Point, Cambria County
Laura Dewalt, Easton, Northampton County
Amanda Dobbs, Newport, Perry County
Brandon Dunlap, Shippensburg, Franklin County
Ryan Fisher, Bethel, Berks County
Hannah Grim, East Berlin, Adams County
Beth Ann Hartzog, Patton, Cambria County
Lisa Hershey, Kirkwood, Lancaster County
Kimberly Langhans, Elizabethville, Dauphin County
Troy Longenecker, Annville, Lebanon County
Lexie Matthews, Scenery Hill, Washington County
Anthony Miller, Jr., Northern Cambria, Indiana County
Laura Pifer, Rochester Mills, Indiana County
Darla Romberger, Pitman, Schuylkill County
Samantha Sarnicke, McMurray, Washington County
Ashley Shaw, Harrisburg, Dauphin County
Jena Sigel, Breezewood, Bedford County
Jessica Sheruda, Dalton, Lackawanna County
Robyn Terrel, Honesdale, Wayne County
Justene Testa, Latrobe, Westmoreland County
Levi Tinney, Convington, Tioga County
Rebecca Wenger, Annville, Lebanon County
Hannah Wentworth, Quarryville, Lancaster County
Caitlin Wolfgang, Middletown, Dauphin County

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 290 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 8-15 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10.

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For photos of the event, click here.