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2006 ADRC Scholarship Winners

Megan Kline, Ohio and David Moll, Michigan

Megan Kline David Moll

Letter from Megan Kline:

Dear ADRC Scholarship Selection Committee and members,

My name is Megan Kline and this fall I will be a sophomore at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio. There, I am pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology with minors in Chemistry and Biology. I plan to graduate in the year 2009 and then obtain a position as a nuclear medicine technologist at a hospital.

I would like to send a great thank you to the ADRC scholarship selection committee for selecting me as a recipient of the ADRC scholarship award. I am very thankful that the ADRC has chosen to begin their very own scholarship fund and I believe that there are many ADRC members who deserve the recognition that this new scholarship fund will be capable of providing. Additionally, I would also like to thank all the Dutch rabbit breeders who have generously shared their knowledge and advice on raising and showing rabbits and for their friendly competition. The list of rabbit breeders is too long for me to mention in this article, but my thank you extends to each and every one of you. Last, but definitely not least, I would like to send a big thank you to my parents, Dennis and Barb, who have supported me in all of my endeavors throughout the years and been there to help take care of the rabbits while I have been away at college.

I am very fortunate to be able to say that raising rabbits has been one of the biggest influences in my life. I remember when I received my first Dutch rabbit from a local pet store for an Easter present when I was 8 years old. The following year I decided to join 4-H and before I knew it I began breeding and raising my very own Dutch rabbits! Now, here I am, nineteen years old and still enjoying my hobby of raising and showing rabbits.

Although I am very proud to say that I have won numerous awards showing my rabbits at both the state and national level, I feel as though my most prestigious awards are my showmanship and skillathon awards. I have worked very hard to obtain these awards and become respected for not only the quality of my Dutch rabbits, but most importantly for my personal knowledge on rabbits.

Lastly, I would like to express that raising and showing rabbits in not all about the competition and awards, but the friendships that you make along the way. I have made countless friendships with fellow Dutch rabbit breeders not only in my home state of Ohio, but across the country. I will forever carry with me the memories that we have made together and continue to keep in touch no matter where my future takes me.

Once again, thank you very much for this prestigious award.

Letter from David C. Moll

Dear ADRC Scholarship Selection Committee and members,

Thank you for selecting me for one of the first ADRC scholarships. It is truly an honor to be recognized for this award, especially to receive the award with Megan Kline since she has set the standard for youth breeders. Also thank you to all of the members who have funded the scholarships through donations, raffles, and giving your Purina feed tags to the ADRC.

For those of you who don't know me, I am a sophomore at Michigan State University, studying Agri-Business Management. After graduation I am looking forward to starting my career working with commodity markets. Currently, I am an ARBA Registrar and anticipate applying for my judge's license after college. For the last 13 years, my family has been trying to breed the elusive "perfect Dutch", but mainly we have been showing on the show circuit since 2000. Since my brother Greg and I are both attending college, we have slowed down on the number of shows that we go to in a year, but we are planning to attend more once we graduate. I really have to thank my family for taking care of the rabbits while I am away at school!

I have been fortunate to have met several key Dutch breeders that have shown me how to appreciate the Dutch breed through their own appreciation, including: Kevin Hooper, Tom Dietrich, Jay Imes, Rick Billups, the Kline family, the Lape family, Ed McKinley, Todd Uran, and Tony Micallef. I would also like to thank the Michigan Dutch Rabbit Club members as they are very supportive of their youth. There are so many others that have kept me encouraged through the years; the list literally goes on and on! I would sincerely like to thank all the breeders who have mentored me!

The main person to initially push my family to show more frequently and nationally was Tony Micallef. He truly played a vital role in my past experiences and in my future. I will continue to be grateful for meeting Tony as he literally changed my life. I highly encourage you to work closely with "up-coming" youth breeders as you will leave a lasting impact on their lives. From my own experience, I am very appreciative for the breeders who have helped me!

For the youth members, I can't express how important it is to participate in the youth activities (like royalty, judging, and breed identification) and simply talking to the older breeders. You will learn a lot from competing and you will learn a wealth of information from the experienced breeders.

Thank you one again for the award.

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