Ramona Junior Fair scholarships go to ‘the best and brightest’

Recipients of 2012 Ramona Junior scholarships of $1,000 each are, from left: Danielle Zurcher, Aubrey Canfield, Gwendolen Alexander, and RaeAnne vanTol. Photo/Debora Huff

With excitement mounting amongst the 4-H and FFA community regarding the upcoming Ramona Junior Fair and Livestock Auction, the light shines brightly on this year’s outstanding scholarship recipients, said Mandy Garner, RJF Scholarship Committee chair.

“The best and brightest apply annual for scholarships through the Ramona Junior Fair and this year’s group of applicants was exceptional,” said Garner. “Four 4-H and FFA members were chosen to receive scholarships, and their resumes are impressive.”

Each Ramona Junior Fair scholarship was for $1,000. In addition, Ramona Junior Fair will award a $1,500 memorial scholarship the week of the fair, said Garner. The 2012 Ramona Junior Fair will be from July 28 through Aug. 5, with the livestock auction on Aug. 4.

The four scholarships already awarded went to, in alphabetical order:

•Gwendolen Alexander, a senior FFA member from the Poway Chapter, will attend Reedley College in Reedley, Calif., this fall to pursue a degree in animal science. She served the past two years as the  FFA representative to the Ramona Junior Fair Board and as co-president of the fair’s Steering Committee. In addition, she is Poway FFA Chapter president.

Alexander has also been active on the horse judging team for four years and as a competitor in public speaking at the section and region levels in FFA. She considers herself fortunate to show under the direction of her FFA adviser, Mary Martineau, and her Poway Chapter. Her dream is someday having her own cow/calf operation.

•Aubrey Canfield, a member of the Ramona Paisanos 4-H Club, has been in the 4-H program for 10 years. She will attend Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., as an architecture major in the fall.

Canfield has given countless hours of community service to Ramona Junior Fair and she served as an elementary school mentor. As a member of the Ramona High School Equestrian Team, she competed in the Greater San Diego Hunter/Jumper Association for six years.

She credits the leaders of the Ramona Paisanos 4-H Club with giving her the guidance and confidence to succeed in the program. She plans on becoming a licensed architect with the aspiration of one day owning her own architectural firm.

•RaeAnne vanTol has been a 4-H’er for  eight years. A member of the Ramona Paisanos 4-H Club, she will go to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in the fall to major in animal science with an emphasis in research.

Serving on the Ramona Junior Fair Steering Committee for eight years and exhibiting animals at the fair have been among her most memorable experiences. She also has served the community by volunteering at the Ramona Food and Clothes Closet and the Ramona Pregnancy Center. VanTol also was a four-year varsity player on the girls basketball team at Ramona High School. After college, she plans to pursue a career in pharmaceuticals, working to create new medicines for humans and animals.

•Danielle “Dani” Zurcher is finishing her alumni year as a member of the Poway FFA Chapter and has completed her first year at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she is an animal science major with an emphasis in dairy science. She is past vice president and president for the Poway FFA Chapter as well as the FFA representative on the Ramona Junior Fair Board, and she has been a RJF Steering Committee co-president.

Zurcher has received her State degree and is in pursuit of her American degree. Her career goal is to be a large animal veterinarian.

The highlight is the Ramona Junior Fair is the Ramona Junior Livestock Auction on Saturday, Aug. 4. Check-in will start at 11 a.m.

The annual memorial scholarship recipient will be announced at the start of the auction.
For information about 2012 Ramona Junior Fair exhibits, show time, and participation, go to ramonajuniorfair.com.

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Posted by Maureen Robertson on Jul 15 2012. Filed under Featured Story, News, Ramona, Youth. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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