Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Big Foot graduate earns Kohls scholarship

by Jade Bolack

August 15, 2013

WALWORTH Brittany Rambatt, a 2013 graduate of Big Foot High School, wants to go places.

This week, shes 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. Im going to study agricultural education. Id like to be a teacher, in underdeveloped countries.

Rambatt was recently honored with the Kohls 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. Its integrated into the classrooms. Agricultural students are taking on different parts of the project.

Big Foots FFA program is also responsible for caring for the plants and animals when school isnt in session.

Shes 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. Ill be going back again this September.

Rambatts 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 Im 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 shes leaving for college this fall, shell still return to Big Foot frequently.

Ill be president of the 4-H Club until October, Rambatt said. And Ill be in the FFA for three years. Ill try to stay as involved as I can in the program.

This year she isnt showing any animals at the Walworth County Fair, but shell be at the fair.

I didnt have the time this summer, Rambatt said. Theres so much going on, but Ill still be at the fair. I was at the State Fair, and Ill be at the county fair. Thats something I dont want to miss.