Dade County Farm Bureau awards scholarships to three ag students

The Dade County Farm Bureau has announced the recipients of three scholarship awards totaling $2,000 for high school seniors who plan to study for a career in agriculture.

Charlotte Yanes, a senior at South Dade Senior High School and president of the school’s FFA was selected to receive the Wayne Dunagan Memorial Scholarship.

Wayne Dunagan was an active member of the agricultural community. His farm produced some of South Dade’s finest pole beans and avocados. His son and grandsons remain actively involved in agricultural production. The Wayne Dunagan Memorial Scholarship was established in 2005 by Dunagan & Son Farms to recognize outstanding academic and civic achievement.

The Philip and Mary Marraccini Memorial Scholarship recipient is Lauren Arve, a senior at South Dade Senior High School, and treasurer of the school’s FFA.

Mr. and Mrs. Marraccini were active members of the agricultural community and were pioneers in the ornamental tropical fish industry with the establishment of Summerland Tropical Fish Farms in 1950. The Philip and Mary Marraccini Memorial Scholarship was established in 2008 by Summerland Fish Farm to recognize outstanding academic and civic achievement.

Jose Martinez, a senior at John A. Ferguson Senior High School and vice-president of the school’s FFA is the recipient of the Emil Gross Memorial Scholarship.

‘The Emil Gross Memorial Scholarship was created in 2011 to recognize outstanding academic and civic achievement, and pursuit of secondary education in the area of agriculture.

Dade County Farm Bureau represents more than 4,000 members, over 1,000 of whom are involved actively in agribusiness and represent over 900 agricultural operations. Dade County farmers provide an economic impact of over $2.57 billion to the local and state economy.

Visit on the Internet at www.dade-agriculture.org.


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