SHERMAN - Roberta Starceski was chosen as the Chautauqua County Farm Bureau winner by New York Farm Bureau's Promotion and Education Committee.
The Sherman Central School senior competed against other finalists from the County Farm Bureau.
Roberta is the daughter of Paul and Robin Starceski of French Creek Road, Sherman. Roberta is a very well rounded student who has participated in a range of extracurricular activities. She is an active member of both 4-H and FFA and a volleyball team member. She is a member of both the school choir and her church choir. She helps to teach second-graders math and English skills as part of Co-Ed Connections.
On her third-generation dairy farm, she helps with cow and calf care, pasture management, forage harvest and the paperwork involved in having a registered dairy herd.
Roberta plans to attend an agricultural college and pursue a career in agri-business and/or agri-science.
The competition began at the county level where several students competed against one another for the right to be named the Chautauqua County Scholarship Winner. Roberta was required to write an essay answering the question "If you had the power to change something in your community or on your farm, what would you change and why?" Her application and essay were both reviewed by the judges, and both factored into her final score.
"The world of agriculture has many bright young leaders," said Phyllis Couture, chair of the district Farm Bureau promotion and of its education committee. "Roberta and all of the other finalists have clearly demonstrated their depth of knowledge and commitment to agriculture. With such talented and intelligent leaders on the horizon, the future of New York agriculture seems particularly bright. We are thrilled that our scholarship money will be put to good use in helping these students to reach their full potential."