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2017 Scholarship Recipients

The Northwest Washington Fair Foundation is proud to announce its 2017 scholarship winners.

Brooke Berendsen

Brooke Berendsen, daughter of Kevin and Susan Berendsen, is a recent graduate of Lynden Christian High School. Brooke plans to attend Montana State University this fall to major in Animal Science then move on to Washington State University to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine. As a young girl, Brooke's love of animals led her to take care of pets and job shadowing her aunt who is veterinarian. During high school, Brooke participated in the Veterinary Sceince FFA team all four years with three top three placements at State. She has been involved with her church youth group as a student leader, participated in two Mexico missions, and volunteering with Project Hope and Great Expectations.

Ryder Bronkema

Ryder Bronkema, son of Lyle and Tamara Bronkema, is graduating from Meridian High School and plans to attend Whatcom Community College this fall then on to Washington State University to complete a degree in Agricultural Business. Ryder participated in 4H as Club President and FFA as Treasurer of his chapter. This last year Ryder was selected for the Washington State Judging team to represent our state at the Denver Stock Show. Ryder as especially enjoyed working with the Youth Fair over the years teaching younger kids. He has volunteered with Special Olymipcs and helped in restoration of salmon habitat.

Austin Lenssen

Austin Lenssen, son of Dave and Heather Lenssen, is currently attending Whatcom Community College with plans to transfer to Washington State Universtiy this fall to pursue a degree in Greenhouse, Nursery and Landscape Management. Austin developed an interest in horticulture while transplanting tree starts from his yard which he sold or planted along Fishtrap Creek. He participated in Dairyland 4H, FFA while attending Lynden High School and volunteered at Bellingham Parks and Recreation. Austin aspires to one day own and manage his own landscaping business here in Whatcom County.

Travis Lenssen

Travis Lenssen, son of Dave and Heather Lenssen, is a 2017 graduate of Lynden High School and will be attending Washington State University in the fall to pursue his passion to become a Large Animal Veterinarian. Having grown up on a dairy, Travis has shown Guernsey dairy cattle for 10 years. He has been involved with 4H serving as club President this last year and Public Relationship Officer for his FFA Chapter. Travis has volunteered for the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement association, Teen Leader for the Youth Fair Mt. Baker Veterinary.

Zach Steensma

Zach Steensma, son of John and Karen Steensma, has completed his second year studying Animal Science at Dordt College. Zach has shown heifers in Dairyland 4H and competed in State Dairy Judging. He has competed at the State and National level in Veterinary Science, Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Farm Business Management. Zach has been an advocate for Whatcom Family Farmers through social media and submitted testimony to State agencies that helped in creating policies that affect dairy farmers. He is a member of the Dordt Concert and Jazz Band playing saxophone. Zach hopes to return to Whatcom County to take over the multi-generational family farm.
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