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Ashtyn Smits

Ashtyn Smits, of Cambria, Wisconsin, is our 2017 William Wiersma Scholar. She will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison and will pursue her interest in mathematics by majoring in accounting. Ashtyn is valedictorian of her class, having accomplished a perfect “straight-A” record in high school. Ashtyn’s accomplishments extend beyond the classroom, as she played softball[…..]

Ashtyn Smits, of Cambria, Wisconsin, is our 2017 William Wiersma Scholar. She will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison and will pursue her interest in mathematics by majoring in accounting. Ashtyn is valedictorian of her class, having accomplished a perfect “straight-A” record in high school. Ashtyn’s accomplishments extend beyond the classroom, as she played softball and basketball for four years, was Secretary of her class and of National Honor Society, was a member of Honors band, and participated in many other clubs and activities. Ashtyn credits her athletic experiences with teaching her the value of hard work and perseverance and brought these attributes to her role as Captain. Most notable, however, is Ashtyn’s record of service to her school, church, and community, where she always brings “kindness, compassion and a strong work ethic.” Although she is a respected leader for many of these activities, including the Red Cross Blood Drive, tutoring and teaching Sunday school, Ashtyn is known for her selfless commitment to assist behind the scenes with any project that needs her help. Perhaps the most revealing comments about Ashtyn come from those who have known her throughout her high school years, as they all note that “Ashtyn will be greatly missed by her peers, her school and her community,” when she leaves for Madison. We are excited to be a part of Ashtyn’s successful college career!


Updates from Ashtyn:

Jan 2019

I am in my second year at UW Madison and making so many connections! My professors are so kind and have been assisting me in finding a meaningful internship this summer. It is nice seeing familiar faces as my classes have gotten narrowed down in number. My classes are getting more specialized in my major, Agriculture Business Management. I am also working towards a Certificate in Sustainability. My goal is to work towards making agriculture more sustainable in regards to water use, runoff, food production, and so much more! There are endless paths for my career to take, and I’m excited to work to make a change in the world! I also made the Dean’s List for the third consecutive semester! Being rewarded for hard work is a good feeling and encourages me to continue to study hard!

Thank you, again, for your continued support and encouragement. I hope to share good in the world as much as you have!


June 2018

My second semester of college went as great as the first and I earned the honor of being on the Dean’s List again! Classes are becoming more interesting and I am learning more about my interest of study. I stayed very busy with my two student organizations, constant events going on around campus, and soaking in as much information as I can from my classes! I am taking an additional Summer Term course online this summer to get ahead on my Economics course sequence. Next year I will be living down in Madison in an apartment close to campus and will have a full class schedule. My plan for next summer is to get an internship with an agricultural related company and further develop the career path I would like to take.

Thank you so very much for your generosity. I am working two jobs this summer to keep up with payments and thanks to YOU I am able to attend the University of my dreams. The world needs more people like you! I hope you are enjoying your summer and warmer weather!


Dec 2017

I completed my first semester at UW-Madison and am loving it! I enjoy being at a large University with so much to offer. I achieved being on the Dean’s List my first semester of college and am working towards that goal again this semester. My current major is Agricultural Business Management with a Certificate in Sustainability. During the fall semester I have joined the Saddles and Sirloins Club and the Agricultural Business Management club, along with volunteering at their many events. Two of the largest and most enjoyable events to volunteer at were the Targeting Excellence Shootout and Badger Kickoff Classic. I am very excited to keep working towards my goals and dreams by continuing my education at UW-Madison!