Pictured (l-r) are Kathy Bruynis, Sara Newsome and Lana Grover.
Pictured (l-r) are Kathy Bruynis, Sara Newsome and Lana Grover.
By Kathy Bruynis
Extension Area Leader, Area 22
4-H Youth Development Educator, Highland County


The Bob Shanks Award was established to recognize outstanding youths and encourage them to continue their education with the hopes that they may also return to the county and contribute to its growth and development. Applicants must be a high school graduate current year and/or college student between the ages of 16 -20 as of fair week.

Many of you remember that Bob Shanks was the long-time Highland County Farm Bureau Organization director, where he served for over 35 years. He dedicated his career to the leadership development of our county youths.

This year’s recipient is Sara Newsome. Sara is the daughter of Terry and Tammy Newsome.

Sara is a member of Fab Five 4-H Club, Highland County Junior Leadership Club, Family & Consumer Sciences Board, Highland County Junior Fair Board, Highland County 4-H Committee, Ohio 4-H Foundation Board and Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council, where she held several leadership roles.

Sara also serves in several leadership role at Hillsboro High School, where she is currently a senior. She is also enrolled at Southern State Community College.

According to Sara, “Serving as a camp counselor for four years, I have been able to see firsthand just how difficult the lives of many youth are, as well as how resilient they are. This experience has really driven me to pursue a career as an attorney working in family court.”

Congratulations to Sara on receiving this this prestigious award. Helping present the award was last year’s Bob Shanks winner Lana Grover.