2016 Scholarship Recipients

This year we awarded two deserving recipients with our annual college scholarship. We congratulate Allyah Perez from Esparto High School and Lauren Millang from Pioneer High School for their contribution to their communities.

Allyah Perez kept very busy playing volleyball, basketball, softball, and soccer. She held office in the Honors Society, FFA, Spanish and science clubs, and was on the honor roll during her entire high school career.

Allyah was so inspired by her agriculture leaders that she has decided to major in agriculture education at California State University Chico. Allyah proclaims that, “As my agriculture advisor influenced me and changed my life I only hope that I can do the same to one of my own students’ lives. I want to continue to advocate for agriculture and let others know how much of an impact agriculture has on our lives.”

Lauren Millang was very involved in her FFA Chapter. She was recently awarded the Woodland Chamber of Commerce Outstanding FFA Member for her outstanding commitments! Lauren served as the Student Spirit Section Commissioner, Rally Commissioner and Special Education Outreach Commissioner. She was a member of the California Scholarship Federation and National Honors Society served as Secretary of Club SMILE – promoting cleft palate awareness and positivity on campus. She was also active in her local 4-H club, volunteered at Dixon Horseplay Therapeutic Riding Facility, Woodland Stallion Station and Rotary Club. She also enjoyed 11 years at the Woodland School of Dance.

Lauren will be attending Oklahoma State University in the fall and ultimately aspires to serve as an advocate for Agriculture. She hopes to work for an outreach program to educate the public about agriculture, such as Ag In The Classroom. Her goal is to earn a Masters Degree to further her knowledge in agriculture so she is able to give back to a community that has given her so much support throughout her own involvement in Agriculture youth-based programs.

We are very proud of Allyah and Lauren’s accomplishments and we wish them both the best of luck with their college careers and future endeavors!

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Kathleen Barsotti

Kathleen was a pioneer in the organic agriculture movement founding one of Northern California's first certified organic farms, playing an instrumental role in the creation of the renowned Davis Farmers Market, and starting the successful CSA Farm Fresh To You.

She is beloved by all who knew her as a devoted student to ecological sciences, an excellent farmer, and loving mother of four sons.