North Carolina Small Farm Association participated in Presenting the Senator James D. Speed Achievement Scholarship

Aiden Kernodle from Alamance County earned the award this year


Pictured, from left: Joe Nusser, of the NC Small Farms Association; Mark Speed, son of the late James Speed, presenting the James Speed scholarship award to Aiden Kernodle, and NC Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler, after the ‘Sale of Champions’ on Sunday, October 23rd, in the Graham Livestock Building. (photo provided)

LOUISBURG, N.C. — During the 2022 NC State Fair, the Senator James D. Speed Achievement  $1,000 Scholarship was presented to an outstanding youth who exhibited beef heifers, Aiden Kernodle from Alamance County. Mark Speed, son of the late James Speed, presented the scholarship award to Aiden after the ‘Sale of Champions’ on Sunday, October 23rd, in the Graham Livestock Building. The scholarship continues the legacy that Senator Speed created as a 32-year member of the North Carolina State Legislature and through his commitment and dedication to agricultural interests. 

To honor his memory, the Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association established an NCSU endowment in 2010 to present an academic scholarship to an outstanding achiever in the Junior Beef Program. In 2016, the Leonard-Mobley Small Farm Fund, Inc. began contributing an additional $500 to the Speed Award on an annual basis. The NC Small Farms Association based in Franklin County also contributes the award plaques.  

Seventeen-year-old Aiden demonstrates strong leadership skills, integrity, good sportsmanship, achievement of goals, and is an advocate to today’s agricultural industry. The scholarship will be awarded during Aiden’s freshman year in college. He is the son of Clark and Leslie Kernodle of Graham, NC. He is currently an outstanding high school senior with the goal to study Animal Science at a top ag university.  Aiden is a member of the NC Junior Hereford Association in addition to having many achievements in the beef cattle industry.

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–Martha Mobley, N.C. State University