High School: Gillett, 2019
College Attending: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Agricultural Engineering
Hardworking, dependable, persistent, thorough. These are some of the redeeming qualities that have made Justin a valued young contributor in his rural community.
His admirable work ethic started at a young age with chores on his family’s large dairy farm, Engebretsen Bros. LLC. Justin’s enhanced duties as a farmhand the last few years have included feeding, milking and sorting more than 300 cows, cleaning the barn and pens, and working the field. And his passion for agriculture extends to serving as the president of his local FFA chapter and as the Oconto County Dairy Ambassador.
A long list of activities and accomplishments also includes playing in the high school band, being a manager for the school’s football team, earning the highest rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts, and ranking fifth in his graduating class at Gillett with a 3.8 grade-point average. What’s more, Justin’s hands-on design, construction and programming of robots in the VEX Robotics program has piqued a career interest in designing agricultural machines to make farming more efficient and cost-effective.
High School: Kaukauna, 2019
College Attending: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Animal Science
With many of her peers sound asleep, Hailey has faithfully started her days at 5 a.m. the past few years. She has worked at Van Handel Dairy Farm, helping to milk and feed cows as well as deliver calves.
Her love of animals, which prompted additional work as a dog groomer, has led Hailey to map out a detailed path with her career aspirations. After completing her undergraduate studies at Minnesota, she plans to pursue a doctorate in veterinary medicine as well as a master’s degree in beef advocacy and also become board certified in ophthalmology. Her endgame? To ensure all livestock in her community are sufficiently healthy.
Regarded as a self-starter and a natural leader, Hailey distinguished herself in high school. The National Honor Society member ranked in the top 25 of her graduating class with a 3.95 grade-point average. She played multiple instruments in the school band, serving as a section leader. She was on the leadership team with the school’s peer-mentoring program, Ignition.
High School: Weyauwega-Fremont, 2019
College Attending: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Agriculture Education
Leadership and acts of service have been hallmarks in Jessica’s young life. She’s been president of her local 4-H club and held multiple officer positions, including vice president and parliamentarian, with her FFA chapter while helping to implement more than 100 community activities each year.
Touted by teachers and advisers for being exemplary as a multiskilled person of high character, Jessica danced and played in the high school band. Furthermore, the National Honor Society Member ranked sixth in her graduating class with a 3.9 grade-point average.
With a career goal of advancing the agricultural industry in a small community, Jessica can fall back on plenty of experience in her formative years. She grew up working on her family’s dairy farm, Magdanz Dairy LLC. At the operation of 650 cows, Jessica has been a caretaker for the young stock, monitoring the health of the calves and treating the ill among the herd. She also has been a milking technician and tasked with cleaning the barn equipment.
High School: Westfield Area, 2019
College Attending: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Pre-Veterinary Medicine
A multidimensional spirit of kindness, compassion, honesty, responsibility, positivity and being proactive has yielded a long list of accomplishments for Lily, who took it upon herself to be a source of empowerment and inspiration for youth in her community.
She graduated No. 1 in her high school class with a perfect grade-point average of 4.0. Her vast involvement in school included the arts (participation in band, choir and musicals), athletics (participation in four sports and team captain in basketball and cross-country), being a four-time qualifier in the state forensics competition, and serving as class president, Student Council president and National Honor Society president.
Lily also was president of her 4-H club, with which she raised Grand Champion and Reserve Champion performance lambs at the 2018 Wisconsin State Fair. She has been a produce farm worker at Flyte Family Farms LLC the last four years. Now, she’s set to embark on her college studies with an aspiration of becoming a veterinarian.