Pictured (l-r) are Quinn Walker, the 2018 Bob Shanks Award winner; 2019 winner Atlee Carr; and OSU Extension Educator Kathy Bruynis.
Pictured (l-r) are Quinn Walker, the 2018 Bob Shanks Award winner; 2019 winner Atlee Carr; and OSU Extension Educator Kathy Bruynis.
By Kathy Bruynis, MBA
Extension Area Leader, Area 22
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
OSU Extension


The Bob Shanks Award was established to recognize an outstanding youth 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 the fair.

Many 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's youths.

This year’s recipient of the Bob Shanks Award is Atlee Carr.

He is the son of James and Kimberly Carr and a member of Mowrystown FFA.

Carr is a former Junior Fair Board and 4-H member. He has held several leadership positions with Whiteoak High School, FFA and his church.

"Working with youth and classmates in 4-H and FFA has allowed me to be an example and a leader," Carr said. "In the future, I will be able to apply these skills I have learned."

Carr is currently attending Ohio Northern University and majoring in pharmacy.

Congratulations, to Atlee Carr on receiving this this prestigious award.