During Yadkin County Farm Bureau’s recent Legislative Appreciation Dinner at the Yadkin County Agriculture Center, the 2017 Yadkin County Farm Bureau Agriculture Scholarship Recipients was recognized. The students also were recognized during the high school awards day celebration at the end of the school year.
The 2017 Yadkin County Farm Bureau Agriculture Scholarship winners are: Samantha Wooten from Forbush High School and Austin Gentle from Starmount High School.
Samantha is the daughter of Chuck and Wendy Wooten of East Bend. She plans to attend NC State University and major in Environmental Sciences, when she graduates she hopes that she can be part of the solution in minimizing environmental effects on the agriculture industry.
While at Forbush High School, Wooten was active in National Honor Society, Beta Club, Junior Civitan, SASI and the Student Leadership Team as well as swim and track and field. In her spare time, Wooten enjoys art, reading, water sports and helping her dad on their strawberry and pumpkin farm.
Austin is the son of Christy Reynolds and Adrian Gentle of Jonesville. He plans to attend Wilkes Community College and major in Animal Science, Poultry option. After graduation Gentle would like to work in the poultry industry.
While attending Starmount High School Austin was active in FFA, Beta Club, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, FFA Poultry Team and Hunter Safety. Gentle enjoys hunting, farming, fishing and water skiing. He also assists on his family’s chicken farm.
“On behalf of the Yadkin County Farm Bureau board of directors and our member families, I congratulate these students on their hard work and determination that led them to receiving this scholarship, I also wish them the best as they endeavor on life’s journey and look forward to having both of them join this great and agriculture industry upon their completion of their college work,” said Justin Somers, president of Yadkin County Farm Bureau.
Also recognized during the dinner were the 2017 NC Farm Bureau’s Institute for Future Agriculture Leaders attendees from Yadkin County, Timothy Matthews and Ryan Coe. Matthews and Coe shared their experiences at IFAL during the program.