Scholarship honors Richey

Brian and Eileen Looney of Barnwell have established a memorial scholarship in memory of their son, Dustin Richey, who passed away following an automobile accident in 2012, reports Mindy Sandifer, Agri-Science instructor and FFA advisor at the Barnwell County Career Center.
"Dustin, a 2007 graduate of Barnwell High School, was an active member of the Barnwell County Career Center FFA Chapter where he competed in wildlife management and tractor safety events," Sandifer said. "He participated in a number of leadership conferences including those held at the S.C. FFA Center near North Myrtle Beach, the state FFA convention at Clemson University and the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana."
An outstanding student, Dustin was influential in the addition of an aquaculture component to the Agri-Science curriculum at the BCCC. He also played a leading role in designing and establishing a permanent pasture adjacent the career center.
The memorial scholarship was established by Dustin's parents to perpetuate his memory and to inspire Barnwell County FFA members to reach for the stars in their quest for an education in Agriculture at the high school and university levels. The scholarship will be awarded to a BCCC FFA member annually who demonstrates an active involvement in Agricultural Education, the FFA and community service.
The first Dustin Richey Memorial Agricultural Scholarship of $500 was presented to BCCC FFA President Jay Baxley during the FFA Awards and Recognition Banquet on June 4, 2013.
A leader in the local FFA chapter for three years, Jay was an officer for two years and participated annually in the State FFA Wildlife Management and Forestry competitions. He attended state and National FFA Conventions numerous times as well as leadership training programs at the S.C. FFA Center. Jay participated in many community service activities including Adopt-A-Highway, the annual FFA Rodeo and visiting shut-ins in the community.
"Jay's senior Agri-Science project included work study experiences at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources' Barnwell Fish Hatchery and Baxley's Tree Service," Sandifer said.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Jason Baxley of Barnwell, Jay will attend Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College this fall and eventually graduate from Clemson University with a BS degree in Forest Business Management.
John W. Parris of Columbia contributed to this article.