Top of the Morning, May 8, 2014
Cole Stalter is the recipient of the Gerald Henry Farm Leader of the Year scholarship.
Maybe in a few years, we'll be donating $1,000 in Stalter's name like we did Henry's at our Farm Leader of the Year banquet in March.
"It'd be awesome if I were to be given that honor as (Farm Leader of the Year)," Stalter said. "It's a fantastic program, a wonderful thing."
Stalter, a 19-year-old Fisher High grad and University of Illinois freshman who grew up on his family's farm between Gibson City and Fisher, can't wait to meet — and thank — Henry at the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship Luncheon on June 6 in Champaign.
"From what I've read, he's a real involved guy," Stalter said. "I can appreciate that because I take pride in being involved."
At Fisher, Stalter was student council president and football captain. He was heavy into Fellowship of Christian Athletes and helped re-start the school's Future Farmers of America program.
His pace hasn't slowed at the UI, Stalter assuming leadership duties at IlliDell of Alpha Gamma Sigma, a fraternity geared toward agriculture.
Stalter will be asked to introduce himself at the CCFB Foundation banquet. "I'll say, 'I'm a dedicated individual from Central Illinois who loves agriculture and loves going to the University of Illinois,' " Stalter said.
The scholarship money helps make it possible.
"We have enough but the U of I is an expensive place; it puts a financial burden on me and my family," Stalter said. "To have people out there willing to help is awesome. I appreciate it more than those people who donate toward my education will ever know."
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Those clever middle-school kids from Next Generation in Champaign, fresh off their first appearance at the National Science Bowl, have a chance to win a Scholastic Bowl state championship this weekend in Peoria. The regional and sectional champs are the only undefeated team at state — as well as the top seed.
The school will hold a pep assembly at 9:10 a.m. Friday.
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Loren Tate has not backed out of his celebrity singing appearance. During the fifth-inning of tonight's Urbana-Centennial high school baseball game in Champaign, our longtime columnist will be joined (carried?) by daughter Lori and son Travis for a rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." Game time has been moved up to 4:30 p.m.