Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Collegiate Exhibitors Awarded Scholarships

HARRISBURG – Today at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, six livestock enthusiasts received $9,000 in scholarships in honor of their leadership development, showring success, scholastic merits, career interest in the livestock industry, and participation in the Keystone International Livestock Exposition during the 62nd show’s opening ceremonies.

During the ceremony, the Pennsylvania Livestock Association (PLA) awarded scholarships to Elizabeth Baker-Mikesell, Elizabeth Voight, Adam Kiess, Grant Cash, Jared Rose, and Katelyn Evans. Each student received a $1,000 scholarship.

Elizabeth “Libby” Baker-Mikesell is the daughter of Dr. Robert Mikesell and Dr. MeeCee Baker of Port Royal, PA; Juniata County. A sophomore at Penn State University, she is majoring in Plant Science with plans to become an Agricultural and Environmental Science Educator. While attending Greenwood High School, Libby wrote for the school newspaper, participated in cross country, track and field, and student council. As a Penn State student, she has participated in Ag Student Council, Penn State Horticulture Club, and Penn State Farm Bureau Club. 

Libby served as the PA FFA State President for 2016-2017 and is a National FFA Officer candidate for 2018. She has been an active member on the 4-H Beef and Breeders Club. 

Elizabeth Voight is the daughter of Delbert and Wilhelmina Voight, of Fredericksburg, PA; Lebanon County. She is a freshman at Penn State University majoring in Education with plans to pursue a career as an elementary teacher. She attended Northern Lebanon High School where she participated in student council, basketball, soccer, chorus, and National Honor Society. Elizabeth is a member of the PA and National Junior Angus Associations and served as PA Angus Queen in 2016. 

She has exhibited beef cattle, market hogs, and horses in 4-H and was part of the livestock judging teams. Elizabeth is currently the PA Fair Queen. 

Adam Kiess is the son of Ernest and Laura Kiess of Jersey Shore, PA; Lycoming County.  He is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown where he is majoring in finance. Adam plans to become an investor and grow his Kiess Show Goat business. He attended Jersey Shore High School where he was active in tennis, badminton, Future Business Leaders of America, and National Honor Society. He participates in the accounting and finance club, marketing and management club, and the outdoor club at University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

Grant Cash is the son of Chad and Jamie Cash of York, PA; York County.  He is currently a sophomore at Penn State University majoring in Engineering with plans to become a mechanical engineer upon graduation.  While attending Central York High School, Grant was active in basketball, volleyball, and 4-H.  He has carried beef and swine projects in 4-H and has been an active participant with the PA, Eastern Regional, and National Junior Angus Associations. Grant shared that his participation in 4-H has taught him organizational and public speaking skills.  He commented that he hadn’t realized the importance of these skills until he began his college career.  His lifelong goal is to continue as an Angus breeder, helping youth to get more involved in agriculture.  

Jared Rose is the son of Jeff and Krista Rose of Cochranton, PA; Crawford County.  He is currently a sophomore attending Penn State University, majoring in agricultural engineering. At Cochranton Jr/Sr High School, he participated in student council, National Honor Society, robotics, and student national tooling and machining association. Jared was active in Crawford County 4-H participating in numerous state and national events. He has continued his participation in collegiate 4-H while in college. He plans to utilize his skills and interests to become an agricultural engineer to help increase efficiencies and quality of life for farmers. 

Katelyn Evans is the daughter of Michael and Debra Evans of Delta, PA; York County.  She is a sophomore at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences studying nursing. While in high school at the York County School of Technology, she was active in Southern Kids 4-H Goat Club and York County Council. Katelyn credits 4-H with building her leadership skills, responsibility, determination, and hard work. 

The Keystone International Livestock Exposition is the largest livestock show on the East Coast, with more than 1,400 beef cattle, 1,110 horses, 1,700 sheep and wool, 225 swine, and 260 goat entries in 2018. This year, more than 900 exhibitors from 25 states are competing in livestock events. The show also includes the 11th Annual Keystone Classic Barbecue Competition, a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event to select the state's finest culinary competitors and the first annual ranch riding competition hosted by the East Coast Ranch Riding Association.

All events are open to the public with free admission and parking. Find more information and a complete schedule of events at www.keystoneinternational.pa.gov.

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