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Haines named outstanding Maryland Holstein Scholar

Rhoderick, Davis, Smith and Schwartzbeck also honored

Rhoderick, Davis, Smith and Schwartzbeck also honored

April 29, 2008

Ryan Haines was named the Outstanding Maryland Holstein Scholar for 2007-08, and was the winner of a $2,000 scholarship at the Maryland Holstein Convention Banquet held recently in Washington County.

A junior at Virginia Tech, Ryan is a dairy science major with a minor in agricultural business management.

He is active in the Dairy Club, where he has made selections for the Showcase Sale, developed advertisements and helped prepare the catalog. He is the club's webmaster, and has developed a Web site for both the Dairy Club and the Showcase Sale.

Ryan has participated in the annual Little All-American Fitting and Showmanship Exposition, and represents the club at American Dairy Science Association-Student Affiliate Division conventions. This year he was a member of the "B" dairy judging team and had a very successful year. Ryan is also a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Ambassador.

In addition to his many other Junior Holstein Activities, Ryan has represented the club at five National Holstein Conventions in various contests such as Holstein Quiz Bowl, and placed first individually in the Senior Dairy Quiz Bowl written test. He was a national DJM semifinalist, was named the Maryland Overall Distinguished Junior Holstein Member, and in 2007 received a National Holstein Women's Scholarship.

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When time permits, Ryan helps on the family farm in Carroll County, Md. He plans to continue his education by entering graduate school in the area of dairy nutrition.

This was the first year that scholarships were available to Junior Holstein members who are non-agriculture students. Winners of $750 scholarships were Hannah Smith of Washington County, Curtis Rhoderick of Frederick County, Md., and Scott Davis and Davis Schwartzbeck, both of Carroll County.

Hannah Smith is a dairy science major at Virginia Tech, where she is employed in the mastitis lab. She is a member of the Dairy Club, Pre-Veterinary Medical Association, and is a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Ambassador. She was a National DJM semifinalist in 2006, and won second place individual in oral reasons, and sixth place individual overall at the National Dairy Judging Contest in 2007.

Following graduation, Hannah would like to enter the Virginia-Maryland Regional Veterinary College, and hopes become a large animal veterinarian specializing in dairy cattle, returning to Washington County to open a practice and own a herd of Holstein and Brown Swiss cattle.

Curtis Rhoderick is a student at Virginia Tech, with a major in dairy science and a minor in applied agricultural economics. He is active in the Dairy Club, and is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho, an agriculture fraternity. Curtis received the Maryland Holstein Young Distinguished Junior Member award in 2005, and was a member of the 2007 Maryland 4-H Dairy Judging team.

When at home in Frederick County, Curtis is involved with the operation of the family farm. He feels that attending Virginia Teach has opened up a world of possibilities in the dairy industry, and he is still exploring the options. He would like to someday own a small registered dairy farm.

Scott Davis attends Goucher College, where he has a major in peace studies, and a Spanish double major. Scott works in the Goucher College library's archives, and tutors a Goucher professor in Spanish. He is a member and organizer of the Peace Marchers, treasurer of the Spanish language club, and member of the Language House. Scott has been T-shirt sales chairman, organizer of the Maryland Holstein Futurity Rail Bird Judging Contest for Junior Holstein, and was a National YDJM finalist in 2005.

Scott plans to combine the skills from his two majors and enter public service.

Davis Schwartzbeck is an agri-business major at Delaware Valley College. He spent last summer working for Willard Agri-Service as a field scout, overseeing 3,000 acres of corn, beans and hay. He is also responsible for many jobs in the operation of Peace and Plenty Farm. Davis was the All-American Dairy Show Senior Showmanship Champion in 2005, and a National Holstein Young Distinguished Junior Member finalist in 2004. At Delaware Valley College, Davis is the 2008 Green and Gold Spectacular Sale chairman, and a member of the Dairy Society and the National Agri-Marketing Association. He has also served as the fitting crew chief at the Green and Gold Spectacular Sale for two years. Among his interests for the future are agriculture real estate, agriculture futures, and dairy cattle marketing.

All of the recipients have been or are still active in 4-H, school, community, and Holstein activities. They have participated in dairy judging, dairy bowl, public speaking, demonstrations, and showing at local state and national levels. Each has earned many awards at various levels.

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