At the Tillamook County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting on Nov. 19, Tillamook graduate Rick Welle received the Virgil Chadwick Memorial Award Scholarship for $1,000.

Welle, a member of the 2012 Tillamook High School graduating class was very deserving of the award according to spokesperson from the Tillamook Farm Bureau Orella Chadwick.

Rick graduated with honors for scholastic achievement and was on the baseball, swim and bowling teams while at THS. He was also a Key Club member and active in the Charity Drive all four years of high school.

Outside of the classroom, Welle was active in his church, helped out at Whiskey Creek Hatchery with the Tillamook Anglers annual fin clipping and was a volunteer at the North Coast Salmon Rendezvous.

Welle also acted as a counselor at Outdoor School his junior and senior year.

Welle couldn't be in attendance for the meeting due to the weather and upcoming tests he had at Oregon State University so his parents Paul and Barbara accepted the scholarship on his behalf.

Currently, Welle is studying Forestry Management and plans on majoring in it as OSU.

“I'm very thankful for the award,” Welle said. “I'll use the scholarship for tuition and and books this year.

“I'm really enjoying college. Honestly, I thought the classes would be more intimidating than they are.”

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