2018 Portage County Farm Bureau Scholarship recipients are Olivia Blay, Frank Fugman, Victoria Taylor, Claire Alderman and Alyssa May.
Olivia Blay is the daughter of Doug and Kelly Blay of Suffield. She graduated from Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron and was an 11-year member of the Market Master 4-H club and won the 4-H Gold Medal (the highest award given annually.)
She completed more than 200 hours of community service during the 2017-18 school year and achieved highest honors every year in high school. She was a student ambassador, peer mentor, National Honor Society member, Eucharistic minister, went on a medical mission trip to Honduras as a language interpreter, and lettered in varsity track and softball.
Extravaganza, United for Uganda, Justice Akron Ministry, and Project Hope all benefit from her time as a volunteer. Her family is the fifth generation to reside on the family farm. She was awarded a bronze medal in the National Spanish exam. She is studying business at Ohio State University and plans to be involved in different clubs and organizations on campus.
Frank Fugman graduated from Crestwood High and attends Thiel College, majoring in chemistry and environmental science. He was a 4-H member, contributing as a Youth Swine and Youth Sheep Committee Representative, and a National Honor Society member.
As a Boy Scout, he earned Silver Palm, Gold Palm, Bronze Palm, Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow representative. In 4-H, he earned the Herdsman award two times, and was the 2016-17 Senior class swine skillathon champion.
As an athlete, he was captain of the soccer team, and was awarded first team all-district in 2017, and all-conference in 2016 and 2017, and 2nd team all district in 2016. He was a four time scholar athlete, and lettered all four years in soccer and track.
He also was a member of the Envirothon team in 2017 and 2018. He plans to work in Soil & Water Management to develop more efficient ways for farmers to implement methods that blend well in unison with the environment.
Victoria Taylor graduated from Rootstown High School and attends the University of Akron pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She was a member of the National Honor Society and the Yearbook Club, and participated in soccer and track, and was a majorette throughout high school.
She worked on the family farm, helping raise many animals, bees, and harvesting honey. She entered the family harvest in the fair with her grandfather every year. She always enjoyed walking through the barns to see how they placed and loved the look on her grandfather’s face when they got a blue ribbon.
Her volunteer work at Rootstown’s Hershey Track Camp, Rootstown Safety Town, "Can-do" soccer camp, Haven of Rest Homeless Shelter, and donating items to veterans in need, have shown her the value of being a community member. She wants to be there to help others in their time of need, and sees nursing as a way to do just that.
Claire Alderman graduated from Victory Christian School and began her college career at North Dakota State University to major in agricultural education. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, and Daughters of the American Revolution during high school. She received the Biology II award, high honors, the Principal’s Award for Excellent Conduct, and a Blue Ribbon at the Speech Meet.
Growing up on the family farm has sparked her passion to be a secondary or post-secondary teacher with hopes of extending the agricultural program to the younger students in order to instill the passion she has for agriculture to the coming generations.
Another ambition is to help Third World countries learn new agricultural practices, equipment management, crop rotations, and much more. She would also like to tour other countries and bring back their techniques and advancements to the U.S.
Alyssa May graduated from Waterloo High School and started her college career at the University of Findlay, majoring in animal sciences: prevet. As a 10-year member of the Market Masters 4-H Club and member of the Beta Club, the National Honor Society, the varsity soccer and softball teams, she had held various offices and has been a leader in her school and community.
She has helped raise more than 30 market hogs, and just added market steers this year. She cares for her neighboring farmers’ livestock while they are away. As a Junior Fair Board member, she attended the 93rd Annual Ohio Fairs Managers Association Conference and sat in on discussions focused on bettering community fairs.
She would ultimately like to support the Portage County-Randolph Fair as the fair’s veterinarian.