Area students awarded Midwest Dairy Association scholarship

A pair of area students have been chosen as scholarship recipients from the Iowa Division of Midwest Dairy Association. Scholarship applicants are evaluated on their participation in leadership and academic activities, reference letters, personal essays and involvement in the dairy industry.
Sabrina Duvel of Postville and Bobbi Jo Wild of Lansing are among the 23 students to be awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the organization’s 2014 Education Awards program, an annual initiative to financially assist college students from a dairy background. The association awarded $23,000 in scholarship money for Iowa students enrolled in the upcoming 2014-15 school year.
Duvel is the daughter of Chuck and Lorna Duvel of Postville. She is a 2014 graduate of Waukon High School and plans to attend Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids in the fall with a major in floriculture. While in high school, Duvel participated in volleyball, cross country, track, senior leadership program, school yearbook, school newspapers and FFA.
She assists on her family dairy farm, babysits, and waitresses, and remains involved at her local church; participating in youth group, lutefisk supper, and as a Sunday school assistant and teacher. Duvel enjoys helping on the family farm and is considering taking it over in the future.

Wild is the daughter of Bob and Bonnie Wild of Lansing. She is a 2011 graduate of Waukon High School and is currently attending South Dakota State University double majoring in dairy production and agriculture leadership. While attending Waukon High School, Wild was involved in FFA, Dollars for Scholars and National Honor Society. She was involved in 4-H, showing dairy cattle at the county level, working on her family dairy farm and was crowned the Allamakee County Fair Queen reigning in 2010.
In college, Wild remains active in dairy club, is on the Dean’s list, works as a 4-H assistant for Brookings County and is an ambassador for Alltech Animal Nutrition. She participates in an undergraduate research project focusing on nutrition. Upon graduation Wild, aspires to pursue a career in the dairy industry such as returning to the family farm, becoming a nutritionist or working for a dairy-related company.