WARSAW — Reilly Wolfanger has been chosen as the Wyoming County Farm Bureau winner by New York Farm Bureau’s Promotion and Education Committee.
A member of Perry High School’s Class of 2021, Wolfanger competed against other finalists from the Wyoming County Farm Bureau and will now advance to the district level competition in hopes of winning the New York Farm Bureau Youth Agricultural Scholarship.
Each year the state organization awards $1,500, $1,200, and $1,000 scholarships to three high school seniors who are interested in studying agriculture in college.
Reilly is the daughter of Colleen Klein and Jesse Wolfanger. Farm Bureau officials described her a very well-rounded student, saying she has participated in a range of extracurricular activities such as Future Farm/Business Leaders of America, Yearbook, and the National Honor Society.
Reilly has also been very active in her community participating in 4-H, Wyoming County Fair, the Silver Lake Sunnies fundraiser, local farmers markets, and Harvest Heros gleaning event, which donated 3,700 ponds of potatoes to Foodlink New York.
Reilly plans to attend SUNY Morrisville and major in agriculture business with a minor in horticulture.
The competition begins at the county level, where Reilly and other students competed against one another for the right to be named the Wyoming County Scholarship winner. She was required to write an essay discussing an issue facing agriculture in their county with suggestions of how they think NYFB can support members who may deal with this issue. Her application and essay were both reviewed by the judges, and both factored into her final score.
“We are excited to be able to provide this opportunity to our local students and would like to congratulate Reilly for being selected as the county winner,” said Don Gasiewicz, chair of the Wyoming County Promotion and Education Committee, in a news release. “Reilly and all of the other finalists have clearly demonstrated their understanding of agriculture and are committed to studying it at the college level. We wish them the best of luck.”