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Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, back row, third from right, meets with 16 of the 27 recipients of the 2016 N.C. State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarships at the Got to Be NC Festival.
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, back row, third from right, meets with 16 of the 27 recipients of the 2016 N.C. State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarships at the Got to Be NC Festival.

RALEIGH – Twenty-seven North Carolina students have been awarded 2016 N.C. State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarships, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced.

The scholarships are designed for high school seniors and college students who have participated in the junior livestock or market turkey shows at the N.C. State Fair.

The scholarships were funded by sponsors of the annual N.C. State Fair Junior Livestock Sale of Champions. The number of scholarships awarded each year is based on qualified applicants and funds available from the previous year’s Sale of Champions.

“Because of strong support of the 2015 Sale of Champions, 27 scholarships valued at $2,000 each were awarded this year,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “I’m so appreciative of the support of our sponsors and others who made these scholarships possible.”

A selection committee evaluated applicants based on their involvement with N.C. State Fair junior livestock shows, academic achievement, extracurricular activities and an essay. Each application was assigned a number and identifying information was removed before evaluation.

Following is a list of the scholarship recipients by county, along with their hometown and the university or community college they will attend this fall:

Alamance

  • Sarah Thomas, Snow Camp, N.C. State University

Buncombe

  • Dylan Keith Kiser, Alexander, East Tennessee State University
  • Ty Worley, Leicester, Haywood Community College

Chatham

  • Kaylyn Groce, Siler City, Oklahoma State University

Davidson

  • Abigail Fulton, Lexington, Appalachian State University
  • Tristen Fulton, Lexington, Iowa State University
  • Kylie Ward, Lexington, University of Mount Olive

Forsyth

  • Melanie Fishel, Kernersville, N.C. State University

Franklin

  • Joey Moore, Youngsville, Vance-Granville Community College

Harnett

  • Mason Blinson, Buies Creek, Oklahoma State University

Johnston

  • Macy Massengill, Princeton, N.C. State University
  • Haley Stevens, Selma, Johnston Community College
  • Skyler M. Tyndall, Selma, N.C. State University

Nash

  • Taylor Joyner, Nashville, N.C. State University
  • Logan Tyson, Nashville, N.C. State University

Pitt

  • Justin Lawrence, Winterville, N.C. State University

Randolph

  • Evan Gunter, Asheboro, Randolph Community College

Rutherford

  • Brooklyn Murray, Bostic, Isothermal Community College

Stanly

  • LeAnn Harward, Richfield, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Stokes

  • Brandon Hartman, Walnut Cove, N.C. State University

Wake

  • Emma See, Raleigh, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Garrett See, Raleigh, N.C. State University

Wayne

  • Alec Linton, Mount Olive, University of Mount Olive

Wilson

  • Kelsey Bentley, Kenly, N.C. State University
  • Sam Brake, Lucama, Connors State College
  • Liz-Anne Earle, Johnston Community College
  • Tyler Sharp, Sims, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

For more information on how individuals and organizations can support the 2016 Junior Livestock Sale of Champions or the scholarship program, contact Neil Bowman, director of N.C. State Fair livestock shows, at neil.bowman@ncagr.gov or 919-270-7094; or Angie Crone, sponsorship director, at angie.crone@ncagr.gov or 919-839-4514.

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