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Poland student learns about the bees

March 22, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Will Bacho, a student at Poland Middle School and a member of the Springfield Booster Boys 4-H Club, has taken a new direction in his life. He is the recipient of a $500 scholarship that will help him set up two active bee hives.

"On a recent trip to The Ohio State Fair for his 4-H Woodworking project, we visited an exhibit for Beekeeping," said Will's mother Katherine Bacho. "Will had an interest in it. We noticed that The Ohio State Beekeeping has an annual scholarship, so Will applied and was chosen as one of six recipients in the state."

She said Will went through a lengthy application process. He first had to join a local beekeeping group, have an advisor and have two letters of recommendation. He also had to write an essay on why he would like to win the scholarship and what he would hope to get out of the project.

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Will Bacho, a student at Poland Middle School, was presented a $500 scholarship by Ed Freel from The Ohio State Beekeeping Association. The scholarship will help him establish two bee hives and give him the training to be successful as a bee keeper.

Will recently learned he was one of the six Ohio recipients of the $500 scholarship, which will provide him with the equipment for two hives along with the education to be successful with the project. To go along with the scholarship Will is also using this as a 4-H project along with all his other projects.

"We realize that success of a new beekeeper is not reliant on the work of the student and money alone, but by the effort of the partnership," said Ed Freel from the Ohio State Bee Keeping Association. "The 4H Partnership Program encourages participation of the guardian, 4H adviser, local association, and


Freel presented Will with the scholarship at the Austintown Senior Center on March 18. Will was sponsored by the Columbiana-Mahoning Beekeepers and member Lori Mowad.

Will plans to place the two hives in a wooded area behind his house. Each hive will house one queen bee and thousands of worker bees. Once the bees begin producing honey, he plans on selling it and maybe keeping a little for his own family.

"He has read that eating local honey has many health benefits," Katherine said.

Will also will make it a 4-H project as beekeeping is among the selection a 4-H member can take on. His project will likely be at The Canfield Fair in August, along with participating at the Fair booth with the Columbiana and Mahoning County Beekeepers Association.



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