Spencer Vorderstrasse has been named as the recipient of the 2001 Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association Scholarship.

Vorderstrasse is the son of Deb and Duane Vorderstrasse, Hebron. The $400 scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating high school senior or to a student currently enrolled in post-high school education. To qualify, the student must plan to pursue a course of study which will prepare him or her for a career in agriculture or an ag-related field.

Vorderstrasse, a senior at Hebron Public Schools, plans to obtain a degree in agricultural engineering. Vorderstrasse cites his passion for farming and ag-related activities as a catalyst in pursuing a career in agriculture and his desire to help the industry keep moving forward.

"I would like to someday design tractors and equipment that will meet the needs of the farmers of the future. I feel my experience in running the equipment and my farming background would be an asset in the design process. Field testing the designs would be the ultimate experience," he said.

Ryan Miller, Davenport, was named as the alternate recipient of the Nebraska GSPA Scholarship. He is a freshman at the University of Nebraska and is majoring in animal science.

"My goal is to gain knowledge in plant and animal sciences, while utilizing safe farm practices to be the best farmer that I can be," Miller said.

Miller said his involvement in agricultural began at a young age when helping his father on the family farm. His parents are Duane and Deb Miller, Davenport. .

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