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‘Dave Ferguson’ Scholarship awarded to two local residents

by Special to the Banner-News | April 8, 2021 at 8:35 a.m.
(From Left) Beau Emerson, a senior at Taylor High School, and Karli Rabb, a senior at Emerson High School.

The Columbia County Conservation District has awarded two local scholarships as part of the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts’ “Dave Ferguson” Scholarship Essay Contest. The Theme for 2020-2021 was “Healthy Forests – Healthy Communities.”

The first-place essay was written by Beau Emerson, a senior at Taylor High School, for a $500 scholarship. Beau is the son of Christy Ouei and Bart and Mindy Emerson. In the fall, he plans to attend Texas Tech University and study Agricultural Economics. By winning the scholarship contest Beau is eligible for the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts Southwest Area Contest where he has the opportunity to win an additional $500 scholarship.

The second-place essay was written by Karli Rabb, a senior at Emerson High School, for a $250 scholarship. Karli is the daughter of Doug and Tracy Rabb. In the fall, she plans to attend Southern Arkansas University and study Animal Science.

The Columbia County Conservation District is governed by a board of five Columbia County landowners who are familiar with the conservation challenges in Columbia County. The District’s objectives are to focus attention on land and water resource problems, to develop programs to resolve these problems, and to coordinate the efforts of individuals, agencies, organizations, and institutions with conservation interests. The Board of Directors meets on the last Wednesday of the month at 8:00 a.m. at KZHE. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, please call our office at 870-235-5270 or e-mail [email protected]

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