The Daily Record | April 20, 2021
(Submitted by OSU Extension Office)

Wayne and Ashland counties’ dairy producers presented scholarships and recognized outstanding dairy youth during the Wayne Ashland Dairy Service Unit’s annual meeting at the Event Center at the Wayne County fairgrounds.

Noted as outstanding dairy youth were Leah Winchell, Elizabeth Howman, Tim Gunkleman and Morgan Gerhart.

Leah Winchell

Winchell is a student at Ohio State ATI, majoring in Agriscience Education, with a minor in Production Agriculture. She plans to continue her education at The Ohio State University, majoring in Agriscience Education, with the goal of becoming an agricultural education and FFA adviser.

Winchell was named the 2021 Outstanding Dairy Youth.

She has worked on the family dairy farm milking cows, Lowe & Young and WG Dairy Supply. She is working at Centerra Country Store and the Wayne County Schools Career Center as the weekend livestock feeding supervisor.

Winchell was selected as the Wayne County Junior Dairy Princess and Miss Agriculture USAWayne County. During her reign as Miss Agriculture USA-Wayne County, she organized a degree ceremony for Wayne County’s State and American FFA degree recipients.

Winchell, a graduate of Norwayne High School and the Wayne County Schools Career Center, holds both her State and FFA degrees. She is a member of the Norwayne FFA Alumni Association. She helped her FFA chapter with activities at the annual dairy twilight tour, including parking cars, serving meals and greeting guests.

At Norwayne, she was involved in band, softball,and the color guard. At the WCSCC, she was a Student Ambassador, member of the National Honor Society and president of the Student Leadership Council. Winchell was active in 4-H. She won her age division in the Harold Bowman mini-showmanship contest and showed Holstein heifers at the Wayne County Fair.

In her essay, she said the greatest challenges facing agriculture are urbanization and meeting the demands of a growing population. She said improvements in agriculture have made it possible to feed more people with higher quality products.

The second challenge is urbanization pressure. With land going into urban development it reduces the available land for food production.

In nominating Winchell for the Dairy Youth award, her FFA adviser at the Wayne County Schools Career Center said Winchell has a passion for agriculture and the dairy industry. A second letter of recommendation from her instructor at Norwayne High School noted Winchell’s involvement in FFA highlighted her leadership skills and her ability to handle any task she was given.

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