Berryville High School graduate wins multiple college awards

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Dylan Blankenship

By Haley Schichtl

Dylan Blankenship recently graduated from the College of the Ozarks with a degree in animal science after receiving several awards during his time in college.

Blankenship, a 2016 Berryville High School graduate who worked at a dairy farm in college, is now working as a veterinary assistant at Berryville Veterinarian Clinic.

“I’ve been getting some veterinary experience while also taking a few online classes,” Blankenship said. “It’s kind of therapeutic working with animals.”

Blankenship’s first two awards at College of the Ozarks were the Skip Cobler Award and the Jay L. and Ferne D. Wilder Award in 2018.

The Skip Cobler Award is given in memory of the longtime employee of the college to a student working in the dining center. The latter award is given to a student who has excelled in a campus job.

This year, Blankenship received three more awards, the Claude Parrish Award, Tom Smith Agriculture Award and the Marvin E. Oetting Memorial Scholarship Award.

The scholarship is in honor of the college’s longtime chair and professor of agriculture. The recipient must be an agriculture student representing leadership, scholarship and character.

Blankenship also went to the World Dairy Expo and the Midwest Dairy Challenge, which were both in Wisconsin, through the dairy farm where he worked. He also showed Holsteins at the Arkansas State Fair for College of the Ozarks.

Blankenship said it was upsetting the way the school year ended for him.

“I started my senior year and expected to get to spend it all with friends,” Blankenship said. “We got a call two days before we had to leave campus, and that’s not much time to say goodbye.”

He said the graduation ceremony was moved to November, but he missed out on the award ceremony.

Blankenship is now focusing on applying to veterinary schools in addition to working at the vet clinic.

“I grew up my entire life around cattle, and we always had dogs and cats running around,” Blankenship said. “For a while, we raised Holstein heifers, and the vet would come out at least once a month. ... I’d always be super interested in what they were doing.”

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