he Missouri Dump Truckers Association (MDTA) has awarded three $1,000 scholarships for the 2008 collegiate school year. The three recipients are Brandon Ludwig, son of Monica Ludwig of Monroe City, Missouri; Ashten Winkelmann, daughter of Robert & Lisa Winkelmann of Berger, Missouri; and Mark N. Engemann, son of Denis and Carla Engemann of Hermann, Missouri.

Brandon Ludwig graduated from Monroe City R-1 High School. He plans to attend the University of Missouri-Rolla and major in Mechanical Engineering.

Ashten Winkelmann graduated from Gasconade Co. R-I High School in Hermann, Missouri and plans to attend William Woods University majoring in Graphic Design.

Mark Engemann attends State Fair Community College majoring in Agricultural Business. Mark was one of the 2007 scholarship award winners. Mark was a 2006 graduate of Gasconade Co. R-I High School, Hermann, Missouri.

While in high school, Brandonís extracurricular activities included:

  • National Honor Society (11th & 12th);
  • Football (9th, 10th, 11th & 12th);
  • FFA (9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th);
  • Area XI FFA Reporter (2005-2006);
  • Quiz Bowl (11th, 12th); and
  • Student Council (Class Treasurer - 11th, 12th).

Honors and awards received include:

  • Football-Best offensive lineman;
  • Homecoming King;
  • FFA-Greenhand Award;
  • Scholarship Award; and
  • Contest Participant Physics Robotics Contest-1st Place.

Brandon is a member of Our Savior Kids at the Our Savior Lutheran Church.

Brandon occasionally helps his dad at Maher Brothers as well as helping with house chores and babysitting his nieces. Brandon hopes to get summer employment at General Mills.

Brandon wants to receive his baccalaureate in mechanical engineering and eventually receive a masters and doctorate. He hopes to one day move to North Carolina and get on a racing team as an engineer.

Ashtenís extracurricular activities included:

  • Girl Scouts for ten years;
  • 4-H New Horizons for two years (secretary both years);
  • Varsity H Club;
  • Trend (SADD) for three years;
  • Chess Club for four years; and
  • Marching and concert band for six years.

Honors and awards received include:

  • Award medals and lettering in track-six gold, four silver and five bronze medals; varsity letter with three pins.

Ashtenís community and other service activities included:

  • Mission trip to Matamoros, Mexico with church;
  • Taught vacation bible school;
  • Church dinners;
  • Food drives;
  • Trash pick-ups;
  • Painting fences;
  • Rake-a-thons; and
  • Christmas cookies for elderly.

Ashten works as a dietary aide in a nursing home as well as helping care for her grandparentís cattle with feeding and putting up hay, etc. She helps her mother with her home daycare with pre-schooling activities and lunches.

Ashten wants to become an entrepreneur as a graphic designer designing signs, websites, commercials and other projects in the growing technological world.

Markís extracurricular activities included:

  • FFA (five years);
  • FFA State Vice President (2006-2007);
  • Missouri Post Secondary Agriculture Organization State Parliamentarian (2006-2007);
  • State Fair Community College Ag Club (2006-2008);
  • FFA Chapter President (2005-2006);
  • Hermann National Honor Society (Treas.-2005-2006);
  • Area XI FFA Reporter (2005-2006);
  • Hermann FFA Voting Delegate at State Convention (2005-2006);
  • Hermann FFA Asst. Vice Pres. (2004-2005); and
  • Hermann FFA Asst. Treasurer (2003-2004).

Honors and awards received include:

  • Lloyd Stock All Around Student Award (2005-2006, 2004-2005);
  • Dekalb All Around Agriculture Senior Award (2005-2006);
  • Chapter Barnwarming King (2005);
  • Chapter Barnwarming Candidate (2002-2005);
  • State Agricultural Sales Team (2005);
  • Star Chapter FFA Degree (2004);
  • State Parliamentary Procedure Team (2004);
  • State Agronomy Team (2003);
  • Area Beginning Record Book 1st Place (2003); and
  • Chapter FFA Scholarship Medal (2003).

Markís community and other service activities included:

  • Lifetime member of St. Georgeís Church;
  • Parking cars at State Fair (2006);
  • National Honor Society Trash Pick-up (2006);
  • Big Spring Busy Beavers 4-H Club Trash Pick-Up (10 years);
  • St. George Catholic Church Confirmation Class Community Service (40 hours-2006); and
  • Gore Case Community Fundraising Dinner (nine years).

Mark works for his fatherís trucking, excavating and farming operations tending cattle, hay, crop production, hauling bulk commodities and operating heavy equipment.

Mark wants to be part owner of his familyís trucking company and use his major in Agricultural Business to benefit the running of the company.