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Spotlight on Youth for Dec. 6, 2006
National FFA Alumni auctions raise more than $100,000
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The National FFA Alumni live and silent benefit auctions, held during the 79th National FFA Convention Oct. 25-28 in the Indiana Convention Center, brought proceeds of $117,711 that will be used to fund scholarships for FFA members.

Auction proceeds help to support 126 full and partial Washington Leadership Conference scholarships as well five $1,000 collegiate scholarships for students pursuing careers in agricultural education through the National FFA Scholarship Program. In addition, another $1,000 collegiate scholarship was awarded to an American FFA Degree recipient who was also an FFA Alumni member.

“More than 186 donors gave auction items to be sold for the scholarship program, and more than 1,198 packages were sold,” said National FFA Alumni Association Executive Director J. Frank Saldaña.

A big headliner this year was a 2007 Ford F-150 XLT, which sold for $29,000. The buyer was Monte Ladner from Mississippi, the new 2007 National FFA Alumni President.

“I am glad to support the FFA Alumni Association both by serving as president next year and by purchasing Ford’s auction donation,” Ladner said.

The auctioneer for the live auction was Robert Johnson, an agriculture instructor at Milton High School, Milton, Wisc.

Ohio State student awarded Paul Jackson Scholarship
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — C. Stewart Kitchen, son of Chris and Mitzi Kitchen, Forest, Ohio, has been awarded the Paul Jackson Memorial Scholarship for 2006.

Donald S. Sherman, president of the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA), made the presentation at the Junior Banquet on November 4 during The All American Jersey Show & Sale in Louisville, Ky.

Established in 1965, the Paul Jackson Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of a past recipient of the AJCA Distinguished Service Award. The $300 award is presented annually to a Jersey youth who has completed at least one year of university work.

Kitchen is a sophomore at The Ohio State University majoring in animal science with an emphasis on pre-veterinary medicine. He is the corresponding secretary in the Buckeye Dairy Club, and a member of Alpha Tau Zeta agricultural fraternity. He is also the drum major of The Ohio State University Marching Band.

Kitchen was an 11-year 4-H member and received numerous honors, including the Ohio 4-H Achievement Award. In high school, he was a four-year member of the Kenton High School FFA in which he received his State FFA degree. Currently Kitchen owns eight Registered Jerseys and is in the process of expanding his herd through embryo transfer.

This farm news was published in the Dec. 6, 2006 issue of Farm World, serving Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.