Youth from Jamestown, Spiritwood and Wimbledon win Torchbearer Prize


The North Dakota Farmers Union bestowed its highest honor for youth achievement – the Torchbearer Prize – on four local youth at the state’s 95th annual convention, held from 10 to December 11 in Bismarck.

The recipients were Madison Grieve and Rebecca Willer, both of Jamestown, Mara Bjornson of Spiritwood and Emily Ames of Wimbledon.

The award recognizes students for their involvement in Farmers Union’s youth education program and requires five years of upper class work (Grades 7 to 12) to improve communication, leadership and work-related skills. team, as well as the business knowledge of cooperatives.

Twenty young people won the prize. As torchbearers, young people engage with a courageous heart to practice tolerance and brotherhood for all and to help “light the way to a world at peace”.

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Grieve was also one of three torchbearers who received a $ 1,000 Bergman scholarship to help offset the costs of a college education. A panel of judges assessed the candidates’ responses to questions related to the Farmers Union, rural issues and personal leadership. The scholarship was created by Alan Bergman de Jud, former chairman of NDFU.

Farmers Union runs one of the largest grassroots youth programs in the country. Over 1,200 students, both rural and urban, participate in NDFU summer camps and educational courses each year. For more information, visit


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