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Mountaire Awards $70,000 In Scholarship Funds to Students

Mountaire Farms, the nation’s sixth largest chicken producer, recently awarded 28 students with $2,500 scholarships to help them pay for college.

Children and grandchildren of employees, growers, and grain suppliers are all eligible for the scholarships, which were announced at luncheons in Delaware and North Carolina recently.

“We are proud of this program because it embraces everything that we care about – our employees, our growers, our grain producers and their families,” said Phillip Plylar, President of Mountaire Farms. “And these students have all demonstrated a commitment to their education, and to their communities, which we believe should be celebrated.”

Speaking to the students and their families this year was Daniel Reifenstein, who is participating in Mountaire’s Management Trainee program after successfully serving as an intern at the company. The Management Trainee program accepts recent college graduates and other candidates for leadership roles and exposes them to every aspect of the business during a 50-week training period.

This year’s recipients include (broken into two groups – Delmarva and North Carolina):

2019 Scholarship Recipients Delmarva:

Kate Beauchamp, is a graduate of Holly Grove Christian School. Her father, Scot Beauchamp lives in Westover, MD and is a Broiler Grower and Grain Producer for Mountaire Farms. She is attending Delaware Valley University.

Thelma Marian Godinez Gault, is a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School, and lives in Bishopville, MD. Her mother, Maria Gault, works as the Further Processing Superintendent at the Selbyville processing plant. She will be attending Salisbury University.

Sourasack (Michael) Sananikone, is a graduate of Indian River High School, and lives in Selbyville, DE. His father works as a Maintenance Refrigeration Mechanic at the Selbyville processing plant. He will be attending the University of Delaware.

John Ring, is a graduate of Pocomoke High School, and lives in Westover, MD. His parents, Roy Ring and Candace Anderson, are Broiler Growers for Mountaire Farms. He will be attending Delaware Valley University.

Suhey Matamoros, lives in Lincoln, DE. Her father, Wil Matamoros, works as the Second Processing Superintendent at the Selbyville processing plant.  She is attending the University of Delaware.

Vicky Vazquez, is a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School, and lives in Berlin, MD. Her mother, Maria Vazquez, works as the Further Processing Superintendent at the Selbyville processing plant. She will be attending Salisbury University.

Madison Cook, is a graduate of Caesar Rodney High School, and lives in Townsend, DE. Her father, Stephen Cook, is a grain producer for Mountaire Farms. She is attending Norwich University.

Courtney Floyd, is a graduate of Broadwater Academy, and lives in Pungoteague, VA. Her father, William Floyd, is a grain merchandising manager and grain producer in Eastville, VA.  She is attending Virginia Tech.

Taylor Cartanza, is a graduate of Polytech High School, and lives in Dover. Her father, Paul Cartanza, is a grain producer for Mountaire Farms.  She will be attending the University of Delaware.

Zachary Adams, is a graduate of Seaford High School, and lives in Seaford, DE. Her grandfather, William O’Day, is a grain producer for Mountaire Farms. He will be attending Purdue University.

Hannah Slacum, is a graduate of Delmarva Christian High School, and lives in Ocean City, MD. Her father, Scott Slacum, is a Technical Services Manager at our Millsboro processing plant. She will be attending Coastal Carolina University.

Colton Schweiger, is a graduate of Sussex Technical High School, and lives in Berlin, MD. His mother, Angie Schweiger, works as the ERP Manager at our corporate office in Millsboro. He will be attending Salisbury University.

Payge Hudson, is a graduate of Delmar High School. Her father, Allan Collins, is a grower in Millsboro, DE. She will be a freshman at Virginia Tech.

Christopher Clifton, is a graduate of Delmar High School, and lives in Bridgeville, DE. Her parents, Sherri and Matt Smith are growers in Bridgeville, DE for Mountaire Farms. He is attending Salisbury University.

McKenna Longo, is a graduate of Sussex Technical High School, and is from Bridgeville, DE. Her father, Mark Longo, is our Transportation Supervisor and DOT Compliance Specialist in our corporate office in Millsboro, DE. She will be attending the University of Delaware.

Hunter Willoughby, is a graduate from the MOT Charter School, and lives in Newark, DE. His father, Robert Willoughby, Jr., is a grain producer for Mountaire Farms. He will be attending the University of Delaware.

2019 Scholarship Recipients in North Carolina:

Caroline Luther, is a graduate of Southwest Randolph High School and lives in Asheboro, NC.  Her father, Mark Luther, is a Breeder Flock Supervisor in Statesville, NC. She is attending UNC Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy.

Rebecca Redmond, is a graduate of North Iredell High School and is the daughter of Joe and Lorrie Redmond of Olin, NC. Her father, Joe, is the Breeder Manager at Mountaire Farms in Statesville, NC. She is attending UNC Charlotte.

Olivia Matthews, is a graduate of Chatham Central High School. She is the daughter of Mark and Pamela Mathews of Siler City, NC. Her father, Mark, is a Grower for Mountaire Farms, and is also a Chick Delivery Driver for our Siler City Hatchery. She is attending University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Chase Gaines, is a graduate of Chatham Central High School. He is the son of Daniel and Kathy Gaines of Bear Creek, NC., who are growers for Mountaire Farms. He is attending North Carolina State University.

Jonathan Echerd, is a graduate of Alexander Central High School. He is the son of Chris and Kim Echerd of Taylorville, NC, who are growers for Mountaire Farms. He is attending East Carolina University.

Brianna Bradburn, is a graduate of River Bend Academy. She is the daughter of Billy and Marsha Bradburn of Hiddenite, NC. Her mother, Marsha, is a grower for Mountaire Farms in Statesville. She is attending Surry Community College.

Chyklle Boado, is a graduate of Westover High School. She is the daughter of Marshall and Christine Johnson of Fayetteville, NC. Her mother, Christine, is a team member in the Lumber Bridge Processing Facility in our Black Label Department. She is attending UNC Charlotte.

Imani Patterson, is a graduate from Red Springs High School. She is the daughter of Glenn and Constance Patterson of Red Spring, NC. Her grandmother, Bernice Mack, is a housekeeper at Mountaire Farms in Lumber Bridge. She is attending Winston Salem State University.

Cortney Maness, is a graduate of Southern Lee High School. She is the daughter of Kenny Ehlers and Renee Ehlers of Sanford, NC. Kenny Ehlers is a maintenance superintendent at our Siler City processing plant. She will be attending is Wingate University

Dalia Mondragon, is a graduate of Jordan Matthews High School and lives in Siler City. Her father, Benito Mondragon, is a Maintenance Mechanic in the Siler City processing plant.  She attends Lenoir Rhyne University.

Kayla Mullins, is a graduate of the Chatham Charter High School. She is the daughter of Tina and Rodney Mullins, of Siler City. Rodney Mullins works in Rehang in the Siler City processing plant. Kayla is attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Marlene Gomez, is a graduate of Jordan Matthews High School and lives in Siler City. Her mother, Rosa Lopez, works as a Human Resources Representative in our Siler City processing plant.  She is attending Central Carolina Community College.

Mountaire Farms is an agricultural food processing company providing work for almost 10,000 people at facilities in Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. Mountaire Farms is a privately owned, Jesus-centered company with a commitment to the communities in which our employees work and live. For more information, visit www.mountaire.com or visit us on Facebook. 

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