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National Farmers announces 2013 scholarship winners

Three animal agriculture-focused youth from across the country topped the judges’ score sheets in National Farmers’ Farm Kids for College 2013 scholarship competition.

Francesca Gambonini, Petaluma, Calif., Miriam Martin, Bucklin, Mo., and Amber Gabel, Newport, Penn., scored ahead of 18 other national finalists to win $1,000 each toward agricultural degrees in college.

“Our judges were impressed by the academic and agricultural accomplishments of these young women,” said National Scholarship Coordinator Helene Bergren. “At National Farmers, we’re pleased to reward these dedicated students, and encourage them to make lifelong contributions to animal agriculture.”

The daughter of Frank and Stacey Gambonini, she owns 28 of the family’s 620-head Holstein herd. She’s president of Petaluma High School Future Farmers of America, Redwood Empire Junior Holstein Association, Sonoma Valley 4-H Club, and is vice president-elect of the California Junior Holstein Association.

Gambonini ranks first in her class at St. Vincent de Paul High School in Petaluma, belongs to National Honor Society and earned a Christian Community Service Award.

At the 2012 National FFA Convention, she earned the Gold Emblem Award in Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management Judging. She plans to attend California Polytechnic State University of San Luis Obispo for dairy science.

Pennsylvania’s Gabel, daughter of Robert and Jennifer Gabel, plans to major in animal science at The Pennsylvania State University as a Schreyer Honors Scholar. Ranked first in her class, she was consistently named to the Distinguished Honor Roll at Newport High School, and earned the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence three years.

Gabel served as FFA chapter student advisor, president and area secretary. She served on student council, and was named to Spanish National Honor Society and National Honor Society, serving as vice president.

Gabel was elected president and vice president of her county 4-H Dairy Club and president of her 4-H Club. She served on the Pennsylvania Holstein Association Junior Executive Committee and was named a Pennsylvania Young Distinguished Junior Holstein member.

Missouri’s Martin, daughter of Phillip and Heather Martin, career interests focus on swine reproduction research, and she wants to keep her hands in beef and swine production agriculture. She plans to attend University of Missouri-Columbia.

Martin markets commercial Angus-Simmental feeder calves, raises and sells purebred and crossbred show pigs, and helps on her family’s farm. She served as FFA chapter president and reporter at Meadville R-IV High School, along with area first vice president.

She placed first at the FFA State Extemporaneous Public Speaking contest, and in the Missouri Pork Association public speaking contest. She was president of National Honor Society and her 4-H Club, and was named to Principal’s Honor Roll for four years.

And about these young women’s grades for four years in high school—only one grade on all three of their transcripts combined wasn’t an A, and that was a B+ in an Advanced Placement class.

Date: 5/13/2013



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