Thursday, January 21, 2016

Victoria Herr: A Showman, Volunteer and Scholar #studentsuccess

Victoria credits much of her success to her
time in FFA.  Pictured with FFA Advisor
Neil Fellenbaum. 
For a Pennsylvania Aggie, PA Farm Show is an annual tradition, the largest of it’s kind in the US. Home to 10,000 competitive exhibits, 300 commercial exhibits and almost 6,000 animals and the famous milk shakes and other food court delicacies, Farm Show is the place to be. It’s where many first year FFA members receive the coveted blue corduroy jacket or the prestigious Keystone State FFA Degree at the Mid Winter Convention. It is also where a few outstanding students from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences receive honored Farm Show Scholarships. One of those was Victoria Herr. Victoria was a recipient of the Farm Show Foundation Scholarship.

Victoria is no stranger to farm show, she said “I have been attending the Farm Show literally since before I can remember. I have never missed a year in my life!!"   She volunteered at Farm Show, showed a hog as a high school student and received her Keystone Degree, all through Farm Show. This year her success continued with the scholarship. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Foundation Scholarship is a highly competitive and honorable award. For Victoria, the award was much more than the award or money, because the farm show she says is near to her heart. The Farm Show scholarship targets students that are or have been a member of 4-H or FFA and showed a animal through the farm show. Showing a hog, being actively involved in the Penn Manor FFA and now pursuing an Agriculture Education degree allowed her to stand out for this scholarship.

Victoria and her family visit the Farm Show every year!
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is a family affair for Victoria.  She remembers racing to the food court to see who would try all the new foods first. Victoria says,  "When I get my first bite of fried mushrooms or lamb stew for the year, I instantly think back to so many fun memories of attending the Farm Show with my whole family and arguing over which delicacy to get first!"  Congratulations Victoria on all your accomplishments, from attending farm show as a little girl, as a showman, volunteer and scholar, and best wishes on your future travels as you prepare to be an Agricultural Educator!
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Kayla Hack

Student Blogger

Twitter Handle: @hackkayla

2017 Agriculture Education Student Teacher

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