Morgan Bartz named Miss Caroline Farm Bureau 2017
Students awarded scholarships at picnic
DENTON — The Caroline County Farm Bureau selected its 2017 Miss Farm Bureau and announced the recipients of the organization’s four scholarships at the annual summer picnic Thursday, July 13.
North Caroline High School students Morgan Bartz of Denton was named 2017 Miss Caroline County Farm Bureau. She is a member of the Caroline County FFA Chapter, where she served as the most recent vice president. She is dual enrolled for the fall at Chesapeake College.
On her family’s farm, she works in the chicken houses, and runs a grain cart. Her family has four chicken houses, raising about 80,000 chickens for every flock. She also works at a produce stand, and is an assistant dance teacher at On Your Toes Dance Studio in Denton.
Bartz said she wants to
promote the Farm Bureau to the community, and learn more about what the organization does around the state.
“One day, I hope to take over our farm and continue the tradition,” she said.
Annie Harris of Preston was runner-up to Bartz. Harris is a seventh generation farmer, and works at her family produce stand. Her family bought their farm in 1832.
She is a member of the National Honor Society at Colonel Richardson High School. She also is a Mathlete and plays on the varsity soccer team.
The Caroline Farm Bureau awards four $500 scholarships to local students each year. This year the recipients were Erin Bradley of Denton, Allan Saathoff of Ridgely, Paul Saathoff of Denton and Morgan Willoughby of Federalsburg.
Bradley currently attends Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C. where she studies vocal performance. Allan Saathoff graduated from North Caroline High in May, and plans to attend Chesapeake College. Paul Saathoff also graduated from North Caroline in May, and he plans to attend the University of Maryland where he will study agriculture. Willoughby graduated from Colonel Richardson High in May where she plans to study to be a teacher.
“I know all four of these young people, and they are fine people,” said Caroline Farm Bureau member Harry Moreland who presented the scholarships to the students. “I’m proud to say that not one penny of your dues goes to support these scholarships.
“The vast majority of the money is raised through our annual fundraiser drive,” he said. “Anyone who has ever y donated an auction item or purchased an auction item, you all paid for these scholarships. Thank you for supporting these students and their futures.”
Miss Caroline County Farm Bureau Morgan Bartz, left, stands with runner-up Annie Harris during the farm bureau’s annual summer picnic Thursday, July 13.
The Caroline County Farm Bureau presented $500 scholarships to students Morgan Willoughby, left, Paul Saathoff, Allan Saathoff and Erin Bradley at the July 13 farm bureau summer picnic.
Miss Caroline County Farm Bureau 2016 Jamie Johansen greets the community at the organization’s annual picnic Thursday, July 13.