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2016 Scholarship Winners

The Northwest Washington Fair Foundation is proud to announce it’s 2016 scholarship winners. Five scholarships of $1,000.00 each were awarded to qualified Whatcom County students. Scholarship award winners must use the award in an agricultural or related field of full time study at any accredited institution including four year universities/colleges, community colleges and vocational/technical schools in the 2016-2017 school year. The application process included two main parts - a written essay and interview sections.

John (Jake) Kroontje

John (Jake) Kroontje, son of John and Lisa Kroontje, is a graduating senior from Lynden Christian High School. Having grown up on a small family farm, Jake has been involved with 4-H since he was 7 years old and served several years as Club President. He is a guitarist in his school jazz band, church worship team, and is a founding member of the band Westfalia which plays locally. He will study Mechanical Engineering at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.

Amy Judge

Amy Judge, daughter of Janice Judge, is a Ferndale High School graduate. Amy has served as a teen leader and as Poultry Superintendent of the Whatcom County Youth Fair. Besides poultry, she has shown sheep, goats and honed her dog fitting and showing skills over the years at the Northwest Washington Fair through 4-H. Amy earned gold at national FFA competitions. Her love for animals and agriculture are leading her to enroll at Washington State University this fall to major in agriculture education.

Blake TeVelde

Blake TeVelde, son of Dale and Lori TeVelde, is completing his junior year studying Agricultural Technology and Production Management at Washington State University. At WSU Blake serves as president of Young Farmers and Ranchers and capped off his FFA involvement receiving his American Degree last fall. Upon completing his bachelor’s degree, Blake plans to return to Whatcom County and work in the seed potato industry.

Brittany TeVelde

Brittany TeVelde, daughter of Dale and Lori TeVelde, is a Lynden Christian High School graduate. Brittany has shown dairy and pigs through her FFA chapter but her passion is horticulture. She has served as Chapter President and placed 2nd at Nationals in the Dairy Foods competition. As a teacher’s aid she help younger students learn about horticulture and assists with her church’s nursery program. Brittany is enrolled to attend Washington State University this fall to pursue a degree in Nursery and Greenhouse Management.

Karibeth Engelsma

Karibeth Engelsma, daughter of Kevin and Paige Engelsma, is a recent Lynden Christian High School graduate. For the last 7 years Karibeth has shown dairy cattle through 4-H. As Captain of her club’s Dairy Quiz Bowl Team, she led the team went to Nationals. Karibeth has been involved with Barnyard Kids 4-H group, served with her FFA chapter and works with the Small Animal Experience. This past year she was the Alternate Whatcom County Dairy Ambassador. Karibeth will attend Dordt College this fall to pursue a Bachelor of Science followed by Veterinary School for Large Animals.
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