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Scholarship-winning alumna traces her passion for ag back to SCS

SUNY Cobleskill student Emma Wegner has been awarded a Cultivating the Future Scholarship to help her pursue her education in agriculture, a subject the 2016 Schoharie graduate first became passionate about in high school.

Wegner, of Central Bridge, was one of four local college freshmen to be awarded a scholarship by Tired Iron of Butternut Valley, a branch of the national, nonprofit Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association (EDGE&TA Branch 234) that works to preserve farming heritage.

In addition to Wegner, scholarship recipients included Shannon Sears, a Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School graduate from Schenevus; Jack Brown, a Cobleskill-Richmondville High School graduate from Sharon Springs; and Mary Kennedy, a Cooperstown Central School graduate from Mount Vision.

The students received their awards on Oct. 8 during Tractor Fest at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, where they were recognized for outstanding performance and dedication to agricultural heritage and advancement.

According to Tired Iron Scholarship Committee member Dominic Centonze of Roseboom, the scholarship recipients "not only meet the highest level of achievement and ambition in agriculture, but also exhibit the utmost dedication to their community."

Wegner is majoring in Agricultural Business Management at SUNY Cobleskill and  plans to pursue a career in agricultural advocacy and promotion. She has been very active through the years in 4-H and FFA, earned a 2015 FFA Empire Degree and served as 2015-16 New York FFA vice president.

Wegner said her passion for agriculture began at Schoharie Jr./Sr. High School five years ago, when she started taking agricultural classes with teacher David Marbot. According to Wegner, "Mr. Marbot was not only able to teach me in the classroom, but also was my mentor in developing soft skills such as public speaking and how to make connections with professionals within the agricultural field."

Tired Iron of Butternut Valley "strives to invest in future generations to advance the preservation and knowledge of farm culture and equipment." In early 2016, Tired Iron members created a friendship quilt and assembled a four-cord load of firewood and then throughout the summer worked to raffle the items as a fundraiser for the scholarships.

Tired Iron members and supporting friends also held a four-mile, sponsored tractor ride this past September to raise additional funds for students who "are working hard to educate themselves to provide the bread basket of tomorrow."

The Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association (E.D.G.E. & T.A.) was formed in 1957 and is a national organization whose purpose is to stimulate interest in collecting, restoring, preserving, and exhibiting gasoline and oil engines, gas/diesel and steam tractors, power driven farm machinery and any other equipment of historical value.

Emma Wegner

In the photo, Emma Wegner (center) receives her scholarship with Shannon Sears and Jack Brown. Scholarship awardee Mary Kennedy is out of the frame.

 

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