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Crooks, S.D., Student Wins $10,000 NWTF National Scholarship

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Elizabeth Renner of Crooks, S.D., was prepared for a normal West Central High School awards ceremony. Instead she was surprised when the NWTF presented her with its $10,000 National Scholarship, sponsored by Mossy Oak Brand Camo.

A surprised Elizabeth Renner received the NWTF's National Scholarship at the West Central High School awards ceremony.

"I am eternally grateful to the National Wild Turkey Federation as well as the local chapter of the Central Valley Struttin' Gobblers for their support," Renner said. "Now I will not have to worry about finances as I pursue a degree in wildlife conservation and natural resources management. Thank you so much for helping me to achieve my dreams."

Renner, a senior at West Central High School with a 4.0 grade point average, aspires to major in wildlife management at Augustana College. She was chosen as the recipient of the national scholarship from hundreds of entrants nationwide.

Renner also received a $250 scholarship from the NWTF Central Valley Struttin' Gobblers Chapter and a $1,000 scholarship from the NWTF South Dakota State Chapter. The NWTF has awarded more than $3.9 million in scholarships since 1999.

"Liz is the kind of student that makes teaching so rewarding," said Linda Petersen, agriculture science education teacher at West Central High School. "She is curious and dedicated to her studies, highly self-motivated and displays a love of learning."

In addition to writing an impactful essay, Renner's numerous achievements include:

  • Representing South Dakota in the 2013 United States Youth Senate

  • 2012 Girls State keynote speaker and senator

  • National FFA Agriculture Communications Gold Medalist

  • FFA District VII School President

  • Varsity soccer team captain

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) intern

  • Participated in the South Dakota Wildlife Federation Conservation Camp for the past three years thanks to the support of her local NWTF chapter

Renner and her family will receive a trip to the 2014 NWTF National Convention and Sport Show, Feb. 13-16, at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., where she will be recognized for her achievements.

As a leading conservation organization, the NWTF is dedicated to tackling the challenges facing the sporting community: national turkey populations have declined 15 percent; 6,000 acres of wildlife habitat are lost every day; hunter numbers are not keeping pace with population growth.

The NWTF's new Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative will conserve and enhance four million acres of critical upland wildlife habitat to increase wild turkey populations, create 1.5 million new hunters and establish 500,000 additional acres of hunting access.

The NWTF and its committed volunteers are committed to doing what is necessary to increase wild turkey populations, create vibrant and healthy upland habitat and fight to protect America's hunting heritage.

To help the NWTF protect the future of hunting, become a member, join a committee or start a chapter.




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