Scholarship Program

The Blackland Income Growth awards ten (11) scholarships to outstanding 4-H members in Blackland counties.  The scholarships for $1,000 each will be presented at the annual B.I.G. luncheon.  There will be one $1,500 scholarship awarded to an applicant planning to study agribusiness.

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Meet the 2015 Recipients of the Blackland Income Growth Scholarships

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 Jarrett Mackie Jarrett Mackie represents the Oenaville 4-H Club in Bell County and has been a member for 10 years. He is the son of Russell and Patricia Mackie. His main 4-H project has been beef, mainly beef heifers, but he has also participated in shooting sports, photography, food and nutrition, wildlife and fisheries, and horse. He has been very involved in the beef program and enjoys learning more about the beef industry and cattle each and every day.   His dedication to his 4-H projects and his desire to excel has resulted in many awards and accomplishments throughout his 4-H career including the “I Dare You Award” and several others. This year, Jarrett will graduate from Troy High School and plans to attend West Texas A&M University to study in the agriculture field. 
 Catherine Arndt Catherine Arndt represents the Silver Saddle 4-H Club of Denton County. Her main 4-H project has been the horse project, although she has also participated in clothing & textiles and photography. Catherine received her first horse as a surprise five years ago.   She says, “It hasn’t always been easy, but the hard work has paid off in the end.” Catherine plans to attend Baylor University with the hopes of receiving a PhD in genetics. She also plans to join the Baylor Equestrian team. She is the daughter of Erich and Leslie Arndt. 
 Hadley Baker Hadley Baker of Falls County is the son of Clayton and Rhonda Baker. He has been a member of the Westphalia 4-H Club 10 years. His main project is cattle. He has shown both Santa Gertrudis and Simbrah heifers and has shown steers. Hadley says he has learned hard work, responsibility, and respect being involved in 4-H. Hadley has served as the Westphalia 4-H Club treasurer twice and is currently Westphalia 4-H club president. He has served as Falls County 4-H Council 2nd Vice, Reporter and is currently Falls County’s 4-H Council president and District 8 Council Delegate Texas 4-H.   Hadley will graduate this spring from Rosebud-Lott High Scool and plans to go to Texas A&M   University and major in Agricultural Science. 
 Blake Pustejovsky Blake Pustejovsky of Hill County is the son of Ben and Terry Pustejovsky. He has been a member of the Abbott 4-H Club for 11 years. Through these 11 years, he has learned the values of respect, hard work, and determination. He began his 4-H career with a meat goat and has participated in leadership, photography, public speaking, food & nutrition, and soil & crop science.   He has achieved notable awards such as the Gold Star Award, the I Dare You Award, and has had state-qualifying goat recordbooks. Blake will graduate from Abbott High School and will attend Tarleton State University.   There he will major in agribusiness with plans to become a County Extension Agent. 
 Jeneva Moreno Jeneva Moreno of Johnson County is the daughter of Jesse and Jenny Moreno. She has been a 4-H member for 9 years. Her main project is beef. She has also participated in swine, veterinary science, wildlife conservation and public speaking. Jeneva says that all of her accomplished goals would not have been met without the help of knowledgeable and supportive parents, leaders and volunteerin the community. She hopes to give back one day as a 4-H leader because she knows the difference 4-H has made in her life. Jeneva plans to attend Tarleton State University to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science. 
 Kaitlyn Pagel Kaitlyn Pagel represents the Crandall 4-H Club of Kaufman County. Seven years ago, she began her 4-H career in the rabbit project and has since furthered her experiences with the horse, beef, and photography projects. Her favorite project is leadership because it allows her to share her knowledge with others. Kaitlyn currently serves as District IV 4-H Council 3rd Vice-President and is a 4-H Gold Star recipient. She says that her experiences through 4-H have taught her not only how to be a leader, but also how to form today’s youth into leaders.   Kaitlyn will graduate from Crandall High School this spring and plans to attend Texas Tech University to major in Animal Science with an emphasis in livestock production. She is the daughter of Samuel and Angela Pagel. 
 Blaine Peters Blaine Peters represents the Robinson 4-H Club of McLennan County. Her main 4-H project work has been in beef heifers, as well as food and nutrition, leadership, and photography. Blaine joined 4-H in the third grade and quickly got involved with her local club, serving through all the offices over her years in 4-H. Through 4-H, Blaine has learned the importance of organization, communication, public speaking and helping others. Receiving the Gold Star award in 2013 was the highlight of her 4-H career and the greatest recognition of all her activities and achievements in 4-H. Blaine plans to attend Tarleton State University with hopes of becoming a Registered Nurse and Dietician, with a focus on pediatric health. She is the daughter of Aaron and Stephanie Peters.
 Lane Scott Lane Scott represents the Hallsburg 4-H Club of McLennan County. He is the son of Marc and Carolyn Scott. He plans to atatend Texas A&M University and attain a degree in Agricultural Engineering. Over the years, Lane has participated in goat shows and continues to show them today. He has also been involved with the county livestock judging team and says the 4-H experience has given him confidence and taught him the value of hard work.   Lane will graduate from Axtell High School and has high hopes for the future. After college, he wants to promote agriculture throughout his community, helping others find the great opportunities he found through 4-H. 
 Emily Stovall Emily Stovall is from Navarro County and has been a member of Emhouse 4-H for 10 years. Her main project is beef cattle. She raises Angus cattle and shows heifers through 4-H and the Texas Junior Angus Association. Her other 4-H projects include leadership, swine, food and nutrition, photography, clothing and textiles, and shooting sports. She has been on district council for two years and is currently on Texas 4-H Council. She is a Gold and Silver Star Award recipient and has been awarded the “I Dare You” award. She also has won the Beef Proficiency award and place first at district, qualifying for state with her beef record book. Emily attends Corsicana High School and is the daughter of Lorie Stovall.   She plans to attend Texas A&M University and major in Animal Science. 
 Jacob Leopold Jacob Leopold of Williamson County is a Gold Star Award winner and has participated in 4-H since he was nine years old. He has served as President of the Hutto 4-H Club for two years. Throughout his years in 4-H, he has shown broilers, rabbits, goats and hogs, participating in major livestock shows annually and winning various awards. His passion, however, is poultry. Jacob has won Grand Champion in Williamson County twice and Grand Champion in San Antonio in 2013. 4-H has led him to find his “calling” and he plans to major in Poultry Science at Texas A&M University, starting in the Fall of 2015. He is the son of Melanie and Joseph Leopold. 
 Macey Randig Macey Randig is the daughter of Ron and Melissa Randig of Williamson County. She has been a member of 4-H for over ten years, being raised with the core values that 4-H represents. She has actively shown pigs, goats, and lambs across Texas since she was eight years old. Macey has also participated in youth fair, as well as food and nutrition cooking competitions. She has held numerous officer positions locally, currently serving as the Thrall 4-H Club president. Her proudest accomplishment through 4-H was being accepted as a livestock ambassador.   Macey is currently a senior attending Thrall High School. She plans on studying agriculture at Texas A&M University next fall. 





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