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April 16, 2020 2019-2020 News Releases

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles announced the six Kentucky high school student-athletes involved in agriculture that have been named the 2020 Ag Athletes of the Year by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA).

“Typically, I join these outstanding, agriculturally-minded student-athletes on the floor of Rupp Arena to award these scholarships, but unfortunately the coronavirus pandemic prevents us from celebrating together,” Commissioner Quarles said. “These scholarships will help these students offset the ever-increasing cost of continuing their education at a college or vocational school. I congratulate them and wish them well as they pursue their education, wherever they choose to go.”

Two $2,000 scholarships and four $1,000 scholarships were awarded. The honorees are:

  • Outstanding Ag Athlete of the Year: William Garrett, Bethlehem ($2,000)
  • Outstanding Ag Athlete of the Year: Ellie McGowan, Crittenden County ($2,000)
  • Marisa Brown, Menifee County
  • Konnor Mason, South Warren
  • Abigail Mattingly, Washington County
  • Sherman Moran, Mason County

Ninety student-athletes, 54 females and 36 males, applied for the 2020 Ag Athlete Awards, and a committee selected the winners. The one-time scholarships, payable to an institution of higher learning, are awarded to high school seniors involved in athletics and agriculture who plan on continuing their education at a two- or four-year institution or trade school.

The scholarships are supported by the “Ag Tag” Fund, which is financed by voluntary donations from Kentucky motorists when they buy or renew their farm vehicle license plates.

The Ag Athletes of the Year are usually revealed and presented with awards by Commissioner Quarles during the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen® State Basketball Tournament at Rupp Arena in Lexington, but the 2020 tournament was postponed indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

— Kentucky Department of Agriculture

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About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 280 member schools both public and non-public. The KHSAA awards 215 state championships to 51 teams and 164 individuals in 13 sports and 6 sport-activities, funds catastrophic insurance coverage for its more than 106,000 rostered member school student-athletes, provides coaching education and sports safety programs for more than 12,000 coaches, and licenses and facilitates the distribution of training material for over 4,000 contest officials.

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