HARRISBURG, Pa. — Like any high-achieving college student, Caitlyn McConn is thinking about the future.
But it’s not just her own career that matters to McConn. She’s also looking to the future of the agriculture industry.
McConn, of West Alexander, Washington County, is one of two dozen students who received a Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship on Tuesday at the Farm Show Complex.
The recipients were selected for academic success and participation in the Farm Show. Most of this year’s recipients are planning careers in agribusiness, medicine or education.
McConn’s ambition is to be a livestock nutritionist.
As an undergrad at West Virginia University, she has enjoyed learning how feed affects the growth of an animal, and she hopes to increase that productivity through research.
“It’s helped me to be a better critical thinker,” McConn said.
Her parents, Jeff and Peggy, raise sheep, goats and hogs on their farm. McConn also interned at swine producer Country View Family Farms, and she picked up an interest in poultry at college.
McConn is a senior majoring in animal and nutritional science, and she plans to continue into the university’s master’s program in the fall.
Despite living in far western Pennsylvania, McConn’s family has been attending the Farm Show since before McConn was born. The family was even stranded at the show during the 1996 blizzard.
The following students also received Farm Show Scholarships.
Morgan Bear of Newville is the daughter of Tim and Jackie Bear. She is a freshman at Penn State University studying agricultural and Extension education with the goal of becoming a high school agriculture teacher.
Sophia Bertovic of Middletown is the daughter of Vladimir and Celina Bertovic. A first-year student at Casper College in Wyoming, she is working toward an associate degree in agricultural business.
Aiden Bomgardner of Mifflinburg is the son of Daryl and Carrie Bomgardner. A sophomore studying nursing at Bloomsburg University, Bomgardner plans to work as a registered nurse in an emergency room or in pediatrics.
Grant Cash of York is the son of Chad and Jamie Cash. He is a junior at Penn State University studying mechanical engineering, with plans to build and design farm equipment to benefit the agriculture industry.
Erin Comp of Duncannon is the daughter of Eddie and Jessie Comp. A freshman studying animal science at Penn State University, Comp hopes to pursue a career in livestock nutrition.
Cailey Dahlquist of Washington is the daughter of Carl and Carla Dahlquist. As a freshman at Morehead State University in Kentucky she is studying nursing to become a certified nurse anesthetist.
Hayden Demniak of Carmichaels is the son of David and Cindy Demniak. A freshman at West Virginia University, he is studying animal science with the goal of becoming a large animal veterinarian.
Kayla Kimble of Howard is the daughter of Robb and Lea Ann Kimble. She is a sophomore at Penn State University majoring in immunology and infectious diseases, with a planned research career in infectious zoonotic diseases.
Lae’la Kirk of Philadelphia is the granddaughter of Valerie Ertell. In her freshman year at Delaware Valley University, Lae’la is pursuing a degree in zoo science with the intention of becoming a small or exotic animal veterinarian.
Wyatt Kosa of Ulysses is the son of Matthew and Darla Kosa. Pursing an associate degree at University of Northwestern Ohio in agricultural equipment technology, he plans to become an equipment and diesel technician.
Austin Kreiser of Elizabethtown is the son of Eric and Erica Kreiser. He is a sophomore at Penn State University studying animal science in preparation for a career in large animal veterinary medicine.
Addison Neff of Harrisburg is the daughter of Dale and Janell Neff. She is a freshman at Lancaster Bible College studying early childhood education with the intent to become an elementary school teacher.
Tyler Peterson of Tunkhannock is the son of K.C. and Stacey Peterson. A freshman at Penn State University, Wilkes-Barre Campus, Tyler is studying animal science with the goal of becoming a large animal veterinarian.
Daniel Rohrbaugh of Seven Valleys is the son of Douglas and Cathy Rohrbaugh. A sophomore at Kansas State University, Rohrbaugh is pursuing a degree in agriculture business with plans to work in marketing and sales.
Grace Romesburg of Berlin is the daughter of Roger and Michele Romesburg. A freshman at Purdue University, she is majoring in data analytics to prepare for a career in agriculture business.
Madison Shaw of Harrisburg is the daughter of Angela Shaw. She is a freshman at Penn State University studying animal science with the intention of operating a farm with value-added agricultural commodities.
Kim Shoemaker of Smicksburg is the daughter of Wayne and Frances Shoemaker. A junior at Clarion University, she is majoring in biology with plans to become a medical doctor.
Katie Shultz of James Creek is the daughter of John and Kelley Shultz. She is in her fourth semester at the Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing, planning to work as a registered nurse in an emergency department.
Hailey Siba of Masontown is the daughter of Joseph and Adele Siba. She is a sophomore at Penn State University, Fayette Campus, majoring in nursing with plans to become a registered nurse.
Emily Supancik of New Milford is the daughter of Robert and Diane Supancik. A senior at Penn State University, Supancik is studying animal science and plans to become a 4-H educator.
Haley Sweitzer of Wellsville is the daughter of Terry and Sandra Sweitzer. A sophomore animal science major at Penn State University, she is planning for a career in livestock production management.
Macy Walason of Alum Bank is the daughter of Jeff and Angelique Walason. She is a freshman at Penn State University seeking a degree in agriculture and Extension education to become a high school agriculture teacher.
Leah Welk of Strasburg is the daughter of Don and Emily Welk. A freshman at Penn State University, Berks Campus, she is studying agricultural science to develop graphic design skills to use in the livestock industry.