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Posted 11/07/2018

For immediate release:

Sept. 15, 2018


For more information, contact:

Warren Zenker, NDSF president: (701) 320-2585 •

Julie Ellingson, NDSA executive vice president: (701) 223-2522 •

Emily Bendish, NDSA communications director: (701) 223-2522 •


The North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation (NDSF) awarded eight scholarships during the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association’s (NDSA) 89th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Bismarck, N.D., this afternoon.


The NDSF awarded four $500 Legacy Scholarships to Jacy Hauge of Carson, N.D., Eden Johannes of Underwood, N.D., Jacob Leier of Kintyre, N.D., and Jack McCrory of Linton, N.D.


Hauge is an agricultural communications major at North Dakota State University (NDSU) with plans to one day become an agricultural education teacher. The daughter of NDSA board member Jamie Hauge, has been active in the beef industry through her involvement in 4-H and FFA. She also attended artificial insemination (AI) school in high school. The NDSA member and Tomorrow’s Top Hands Beef Leadership Summit alum hopes to inspire and influence others about the positives of the beef industry.


Johannes is currently a sophomore at NDSU, majoring in animal science with a minor in equine science. The daughter of Dan Johannes plans to become a large-animal vet and return home to Underwood after college. The 4.0 student is active in many clubs, such as Saddle and Sirloin, Collegiate CattleWomen and the NDSU Cantemus Women’s Choir. While in high school, she was a member of the Underwood choir and band and Coal Country Leadership Academy and participated in the Close-Up Foundation trip to Washington, D.C.


Leier is the son of Mitch and Doris Leier. He is a freshman at NDSU, majoring in animal science with an emphasis on agribusiness and a minor in crop and weed science. Leier hopes to ranch full-time when finished with college and, someday, raise club calves to allow more kids to show cattle. He was very active in FFA, participating in dairy cattle judging, livestock judging, agronomy judging, parliamentary procedure, ag mechanics and nursery and landscaping.


McCrory is the son of John and Lisa McCrory. The college freshman is pursuing a degree in agriculture economics with hopes to return to his family’s operation in Linton, N.D., after college. He is a member of the American Red Angus Association with McCrory Red Angus. In high school, he was the class treasurer and active in football, basketball, band, National Honor Society and his church’s youth group.


Shaye Koester of Steele, N.D., was awarded a $500 Endowment Scholarship by the NDSF. The daughter of Steve and Tracey Koester is a freshman animal science major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Koester is very passionate about the beef industry and is a part of the Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars Program. She owns commercial and registered Red Angus cattle. She was an active 4-H and FFA member in high school and continues to be an active NDSA member. Shaye has participated in the Spring Roundups, conventions, the Mentoring Program, and the Tomorrow’s Top Hands Beef Leadership Summit.


Preston Krecklau of Noonan, N.D., received a $500 Tokach Angus Ranch Memorial Scholarship. He is a freshman at Bismarck State College, pursuing a degree in farm and ranch management with dreams of returning to the family operation after college. Krecklau is the son of Jamison and Holly Krecklau. In high school, Krecklau was a member of his FFA livestock judging team.


Jerrod MacDonald was awarded a $500 Junior Scholarship by the NDSF. He is the son of Will and Jerilyn MacDonald and a junior at NDSU, majoring in ag economics with an animal science minor. The Bismarck, N.D., native grew up on a ranch and plans to pursue an ag lending or ag advocacy career and one day return to the ranch. MacDonald is a member of the NDSA and the American Salers Junior Association. He was also a participant in the first Tomorrow’s Top Hands Beef Leadership Summit and was active in 4-H and FFA.


Chase Bader, the son of Rick and Stacy Bader of Lehr, N.D., received the $750 Jack and Vander Reich Memorial Endowment Scholarship. Bader is a freshman at NDSU, majoring in agricultural engineering with dreams of designing machinery and other equipment after college. Bader is very passionate about agriculture and was the Wishek FFA vice president, National Honor Society president, varsity basketball co-captain and a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Student Leader.