Chamber awards scholarships

The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce has awarded Ag Scholarships to Anna Holthaus, daughter of Molly Holthaus and Steve Holthaus of Ossian and Addison Wemark, daughter of Eric and Darcy Wemark of Ridgeway.Anna Holthaus served as Winneshiek County Beef Queen in 2022-2023 and was active in South Winneshiek FFA and Co-Champions 4-H Club. She was on the Winneshiek County Youth Beef Team, the Iowa Junior Beef Breeds Association, and traveled to show cattle at the National Western Stock Show, Aberdeen Angus Junior Nationals, and the American Royal. Anna starts this fall in the pursuit of a double major in Agricultural Communications and Agricultural Education at Kansas State University. After graduation, she intends to return to Northeast Iowa to work and continue her cattle business.Addison Wemark served as Winneshiek County Dairy Princess in 2022-2023 and was active in Decorah FFA and the Lincoln Leaders 4-H Club. She served on the state Dairy Judging Team, State Floricultural Team, and is a Gold Star recipient of the State Fair’s Citizenship Project. Addison starts in September at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville majoring in Dairy Science. She plans to work on Wisconsin dairy farms in parallel to her college studies. Following graduation, Addison intends to return to Northeast Iowa to manage the family dairy operation.

Recipients of the Decorah Area Chamber Ag Scholarships must be a graduating senior from Winneshiek County with intent to complete further education in an agriculture-related field at a two or four-year college or tech school. The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce’s Agriculture Committee guides the scholarship application and award process. Awards issued in 2023 were $350.

Photo: Chamber Ag. Committee Members Isaac Luzum, Rachael Palmer, and Nic Wilz were joined by Chamber Staff Jessica Rilling and Amanda Streeper, and Scholarship Award Winners Addison Wemark and Anna Holthaus.


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