Addressing the crowd of students and family members, Uphoff imparted some words of wisdom to the future agriculture professionals present.
“You must get a good education because it’s the one thing no one can take away from you,” said Uphoff. “My greatest hope in life is to bring success to those around me and make a difference in others’ lives.”
Later that evening, Kolten Postin, Moweaqua, was recognized as the Outstanding Agriculture Student for 2013-2014 and received a $500 scholarship on behalf of Curt Rincker, former Lake Land College Agriculture Division chair, and his family. Postin is an agriculture transfer student who will attend the University of Illinois this fall.
Marie Lock of Avon, Ill. received the third annual Phil Rincker Scholarship. This scholarship was named after Phil Rincker, Strasburg resident and 2006 graduate, who died in a farming accident in 2009. Rincker was an active member of the Livestock Judging Team. The $500 scholarship was contributed by his teammates, Sara Beckman, Schuyler Boyden, Blane Olson and Tucker Wood, and is an annual scholarship given to a livestock judging team member who scores the highest in the beef category to honor Phil’s memory and his love of beef cattle.
Other students recognized at the banquet were as follows:
Recognized in the Agriculture Transfer program were Sarah Kramer, Farina, High GPA; Ryan Meinhart, Wheeler, High GPA; Marie Lock, Avon, Outstanding Student
Recognized for Agriculture Business and Supply/ Professional Custom Application were Josey Fruhling, St. Joseph, High GPA; Brittany Zumbahlen, Dieterich, Outstanding Student
Recognized for Agriculture Production were Jonathan Mette, Teutopolis, High GPA; Tyler Kessler, Oblong, Outstanding Student
Recognized for Agriculture Power Technology were Ryan Kohnert, Watson, High GPA; Derek Strohl, Neoga, Outstanding Student
Recognized for the John Deere Ag Tech program was Travis Weber, Newton, High GPA
Recognized for the Horticulture program were Sarah Roddy, Martinsville, High GPA; Nichole Estes, Mattoon, Outstanding Student