Loretta Klecker and Luis H. Avila Vette have each been awarded the 2022 Dodge County Master Gardener Association $1,000 Scholarship.
Klecker, a senior at Dodgeland High School, plans to attend Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan and major in horticulture. In high school, Klecker was a member of FFA. She participated in Band and school musicals, Academic Decathlon, Mock Trial, and German Club. Outside of school, Klecker participated in the Washington County 4H Wool Spinning Group where she taught classes and gave fiber arts demonstrations at county events. She has been a 10-year member of the Swan City Skaters and works seasonally at Ebert’s Greenhouse Village.
Luis H. Avila Vette, a senior at Watertown High School, plans to attend UW Platteville and major in soil and crop science and agronomy. Vette has been an FFA and 4H member and officer throughout high school. He is in the Youth Apprenticeship Program and is a member of the National Technology Honor Society. Vette works on the family dairy farm and the vegetable garden. In summer, he works at the family produce stand selling vegetables to the public and donating to the Watertown Food Pantry.
The Dodge County Master Gardener Association awards a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior who is planning a career in some area of horticulture. The recipient must live in Dodge County and be a graduating senior from any public high school, parochial high school, or home school.
The student must have applied to a two or four year accredited college or technical school that has a program leading to a degree or certification in a horticulture or related area. Careers may include, but are not limited to, horticulture, plant science, soil science, agriculture, environmental science, landscaping, forestry, science education.
Application forms are available in the guidance offices of Dodge County and area high schools. They include Beaver Dam High School, Dodgeland High School, Horicon High School, Hustisford High School, Lomira High School, Mayville High School, Randolph High School, Watertown High School, Waupun High School, Lakeside Lutheran High School, and Central Wisconsin Christian School.
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