Kelsey-Gilmore-with-Merlot-the-Pygmy-Goat4-H, $5,000, UCSD, Linguistics

Kelsey Gilmore has earned a GPA of 4.21 at Mountain Empire High School on her way to attending the University of California San Diego, where she intends to major in linguistics. Her major 4-H projects include rabbits, photography and home arts as well as her beloved pygmy goats. Kelsey has earned multiple 4-H awards and scholastic honors. She says, “I am proud of all I have accomplished. I have become a responsible, well-rounded young adult and can’t wait for what the future holds.”