SIOUX FALLS —The South Dakota Pork Producers Council is proud to award Abigail Blagg of Salem; Kyra Schenk of Mission Hill and Dylan Brandt of Clear Lake with a $1,000 scholarship. The South Dakota Pork Producers Council recognized these three students during the Master Pork Producers Banquet on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.

Abigail Blagg is the daughter of Kevin and Amber Blagg of Salem. She is currently a senior at McCook Central High School and will graduate in May 2021. Next year, she will be attending Iowa State University to pursue a degree in Animal Science. After attaining her degree, she has hopes to work in production agriculture.

Throughout high school, Abigail has been involved in FFA, 4-H, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Band, and the South Dakota Junior Simmental Association. She has held multiple different leadership positions through these respective organizations currently being the chapter parliamentarian in the FFA, president of her 4-H club, fundraising chairman in National Honor Society, and the Treasurer and Queen of the South Dakota Junior Simmental Association. At the 2020 South Dakota FFA convention and Expo, Abigail was awarded first place in the Swine Production Entrepreneurship SAE.

Abigail is looking forward to learning more about the pork industry and meeting new people.

Kyra is the daughter of Karl and Nancy Schenk. She is currently a freshman at SDSU studying Animal Science. She plans to go to veterinary school to specialize in large animal medicine.

Kyra found a passion for animal agriculture working in her family’s finishing and nursery barns. This last year she has started her own cow/calf herd with an emphasis on registered Red Angus. Kyra continues to help on her family’s farm assisting in a row crop and livestock operation. In school Kyra is involved in Swine Club, Block & Bridle, and Pre-Veterinary Club.

Kyra looks forward to gaining a valuable experience to further her education on advocacy for American pork.

Dylan Brandt, son of Paul and Lisa Brandt, grew up on a family farm near Clear Lake. At a young age, he was helping on the farm in the barns, sorting and loading pigs, checking cattle and field work. In high school, he was involved in football, basketball, track, band, National Honor Society, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was also active in his local 4-H club in Deuel County, showing pigs as well as holding several leadership positions.

Like his three older siblings, Dylan is attending South Dakota State University. He is currently a freshman majoring in agriculture business with a minor in animal science. After graduating, he plans to return to the family farm. Dylan is looking forward to gaining experiences and networking with producers serving as a South Dakota Youth Pork Ambassador.

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