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August 13, 2013 | 11:58 AMWALWORTH — Brittany Rambatt, a 2013 graduate of Big Foot High School, wants to go places.
This week, she's off to Mexico to build homes and volunteer in an orphanage and an AIDS clinic.
"I really want to go to Africa someday," Rambatt said. "I'm going to study agricultural education. I'd like to be a teacher, in underdeveloped countries."
Rambatt was recently honored with the Kohl's Cares Scholarship. She was one of 35,000 selected from the first level of winners.
"The criteria for the scholarship was to impact the community in someway," Rambatt said. "The main reason for my nomination was because of the Fuel Foods for Families program at Big Foot."
Rambatt and her classmates developed a program to raise crops and meat animals to donate to local food pantries.
"The students are taking over the project now," she said. "It's integrated into the classrooms. Agricultural students are taking on different parts of the project."
Big Foot's FFA program is also responsible for caring for the plants and animals when school isn't in session.
She's received other scholarships as well, including the Thomas E. Reynolds Environmental Scholarship, a Rotary Club scholarship and a Fontana Garden Club Scholarship.
Even more noteworthy is her dedication to others, in her community and around the world.
"I was in Honduras in September 2012," Rambatt said. "We were there to help with building projects for families. I'll be going back again this September."
Rambatt's grasp of Spanish helps her when she travels to Central and South America.
"My family has been really supportive of what I do," she said. "I would like to continue going to other countries. I hope I can study abroad while I'm in college."
Rambatt will study at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, one of the two UW System schools with agricultural education programs.
"I really like the campus there," Rambatt said. "I like the department. I was on the campus last year for a conference, and I just like being there." Before deciding to become a teacher, she wanted to be a veterinarian.
"I just became more aware of agricultural education," Rambatt said. "I became more aware of the international aspect of it, how I can help more people. I can help people and still stay within the agricultural field."
Though she's leaving for college this fall, she'll still return to Big Foot frequently.
"I'll be president of the 4-H Club until October," Rambatt said. "And I'll be in the FFA for three years. I'll try to stay as involved as I can in the program."
This year she isn't showing any animals at the Walworth County Fair, but she'll be at the fair.
"I didn't have the time this summer," Rambatt said. "There's so much going on, but I'll still be at the fair. I was at the State Fair, and I'll be at the county fair. That's something I don't want to miss."