Three area graduates received scholarships from the Clarke County Farm Bureau office in the amount of $300 each.
Kayla Siefkas, daughter of John and Connie Siefkas of rural Osceola and student at Murray Community high school, was raised on a family farm, along with her younger brother Colton and older sister Courtney. This farm life experience planted and cultivated Kayla’s interest in an ag-business program to pursue in college. On the farm she has learned to work hard, be flexible, save money and share responsibility. At school she has participated in FFA, FCCLA, FNA, TAG NHS, drama, speech, band, choir, student council, volleyball, basketball, and track. In the community she has been active in church activities, babysitting, and developing leadership qualities. Kayla plans to attend SWCC and then move on to ag-related interests.
Alexis Carson, daughter of Tom and Sandy Carson of Osceola, grew up on her parents’ cattle and grain farm near with sister Devon and brother Christopher. Sandy is a school teacher in Murray. This life experience has given Alexis excellent examples and opportunities and has trained her to be who she is today with a strong work ethic, compassion toward others and a drive toward excellence. She has been busy during her school years in sports as a participant, leader and mentor to others. Alexis gets involved in community activities as a volunteer, works at Care Initiatives part time, and still keeps her grades up in school. Alexis plans to attend Des Moines Area Community College and work toward her bachelor of science in nursing, after which she would like to work at Blank Children’s Hospital.
Reed Morris, son of Gary and Karen Morris of Osceola, is a very accomplished student of Clarke Community school pulling a 4.0+ for four years and ranking second in the Class of 2017. During high school, Reed participated in band, tennis, FFA, basketball, NHS, Dale Carnegie Leadership Program and homecoming court. During the summer, Reed held a part-time job, developing into a confident and capable employee. He is known for his honesty, dedication, enthusiasm, genuineness, work ethic, sense of responsibility and sense of humor. He plans to continue his education at Iowa State University majoring in business/finance.