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3 area students win Md. Holstein group scholarships

April 10, 2007

Three students from Western Maryland were awarded scholarships at the Maryland Holstein Convention recently in Westminster, Md.

The top honor went to Jessica Hernandez, of Anne Arundel County. She was named Outstanding Maryland Holstein Scholar and winner of a $2,000 scholarship.

Winning $750 scholarships were:

· Hannah Smith, of the Clear Spring area in Washington County, who is a freshman at Virginia Tech.

A dairy science major, Hannah is involved in the Virginia Tech Dairy Club and the Pre-Vet Club. She was a National Dairy Junior Miss semi-finalist for 2006 for Holstein, and a National Silver Medalist at the 2006 National Future Farmers of America convention.

Hannah is interested in becoming a large-animal veterinarian and opening a practice near her hometown in Washington County, the scholarship committee said.

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· Malorie Rhoderick, of Frederick County, who is also majoring in dairy science at Virginia Tech.

Malorie is a member of the Dairy Club and Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority (Pi Chapter of Virginia Tech). She was a 2005 Maryland Distinguished Junior Member finalist, 2004 Frederick County Dairy Princess, and 2005 Miss Frederick Farm Bureau.

Malorie's goal is to become a veterinarian, but she is also looking into other career options in agriculture, the committee said.

· Thomas J. (T.J.) Remsberg, of Frederick County, is majoring in biological resources engineering at the University of Maryland.

T.J. is a College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Student Ambassador, and is on the committee for Maryland Ag Day and the Ag Alumni dinner and program.

He plans to earn a doctorate in pharmacy, with a concentration on dairy pharmaceutical research and development, the committee said.

· Davis Schwartzbeck of Carroll County is an agribusiness major at Delaware Valley College.

Davis is involved in the Dairy Society, the national Agri-Marketing Association, and was the fitting crew chief at the Green and Gold Spectacular Sale 2006-07. He was a National Holstein Young Distinguished Junior Member finalist for 2004, and the 2005 All American Dairy Show Senior Showmanship Champion.

He would like to travel the country and experience areas of agri-business and dairy farming before making a final career decision, the committee said.

· Jessica Hernandez attends the University of Maryland. She is a junior, majoring in agriculture science and technology.

Jessica is the current Maryland Dairy Princess and was Miss Maryland Agriculture first runner-up for 2005. She is a member of the Animal Husbandry Club, Sigma Alpha, and Phi Theta Kappa (National Honor Society).

Following graduation, the scholarship committee said, Jessica would like to attend a graduate program with a focus in advertising and marketing, in hopes that it will lead to a career enabling her to promote the Maryland dairy industry.

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