HARRISBURG, PA — Beef and horse exhibitors from Virginia and Pennsylvania’s Dauphin, Snyder and York counties received $1,000 scholarships as part of the Keystone International Livestock Expo (KILE), held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, PA.
Patricia Arbogast of Mount Pleasant Mills, Snyder County, PA received the Open Horse Scholarship as part of the light horse show held on KILE’s first weekend Saturday, Sept. 26. Patricia is a graduate of Midd-West High School and currently attends Penn State-Harrisburg, with plans to major in Ag and Extension Education.
An avid showman of goats, lambs and pigs through 4-H and FFA programs at the Beaver Community Fair, Patricia’s passion involves rodeo competition, including service as 2015 Pennsylvania Junior Rodeo Association Queen. “I have always wanted to be an agriculture teacher since the first time I had an FFA class,” said Patricia about her future plans. She looks forward to helping educate the next generation, particularly regarding agriculture.
Krista Barb of Timberville, Shenandoah County, VA, received one of three KILE Junior Beef Scholarships Saturday, Oct. 3, ahead of the Club Calf and Prospect Heifer Sale at KILE. Krista exhibits meat goats and dairy cattle and began showing Simmentals at KILE in 2012. She graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School and currently attends Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for Agricultural Sciences. Krista enjoys learning, educating others about agriculture and giving back through community service. While Krista admits that her future plans are always changing, she knows that she wants to be able to teach people about agriculture and her current plan is to become a 4-H extension agent. “I grew up in 4-H and it had a large impact on how I see agriculture,” Krista said. “I hope to be able to teach people of all ages the joy that is agriculture.”
Kyle Livingston of Dover, York County, PA is the son of Tim and Nancy Livingston of Dover, York County. He is a sophomore at Black Hawk College – East Campus in Galva, IL, studying animal science and hopes to pursue a career in animal nutrition. An 11-year veteran of York County’s 4-H program, he has completed projects in market beef, breeding beef, market swine, public speaking, livestock judging and woodworking. He was the KILE 2013 4-H Youth Award Winner and a 2014 KILE Scholarship winner. “Agriculture has been a huge part of my life and I plan to give back to the great industry that has shaped me into the person I am today” said Kyle. “I want to become a leader in the livestock industry – just like the ones I looked up to as a young member. I want to have an impact on others the same way people have impacted my life. I want to pay it forward and help others along the way to consistently improve agriculture.”
Eric, the son of Daniel and Carol Shoop, is a freshman at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Neb. A member of the Midd-West FFA, Eric received his Keystone Degree at the 2014 Pennsylvania State Mid-Winter Convention, earning multiple record book and proficiency awards, most recently earning a National FFA Silver Award as the National Beef Production – Entrepreneurship Proficiency winner. Eric was also top individual in the livestock judging and evaluation contest at the Pennsylvania FFA week. He owns a small flock of commercial sheep and has added dairy beef, market steers, market goats, market hogs, and breeding beef cattle to his list of youth projects. He was a ten-year member of the Upper Dauphin County 4-H Livestock Club and is active in the state and national junior Angus associations. Eric plans to further his education in livestock production management and merchandising. Eric will receive his American Degree from FFA later this fall. “Agriculture has instilled many values in me that have greatly influenced my growth and choices for my future career,” Eric said. “Through agriculture I have realized that education is a life-long, ongoing process. Being involved in agriculture has influenced my decisions for the future as well – aiding my decision as a life-long goal and love of God’s creatures and creation.” The Keystone International Livestock Exposition is the largest livestock show on the East Coast, featuring 1,300 beef cattle, 750 horses, 1,100 sheep, 400 swine and 150 goats exhibited by nearly 1,300 producers from 25 states and Canada.