Owen Clouss Junior Scholarship Award

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The Owen Clouss Junior Scholarship was established in 2014 to honor the years of dedicated service to ICCKC by Lifetime Member, Owen Clouss. Owen was and is a supporter of junior participation in the club and in the dog fancy. Juniors who have grown up and gone on to work or show in the dog fancy fondly remember how Owen was a positive influence in their lives. Owen can also be seen at local 4H competitions supporting his own junior family members and their club members.

The Board of Directors of the Idaho Capital City Kennel Club is pleased to provide this Application for a Junior Scholarship for the 2012-2023 Academic Year. The amount is up to $1,000 or as determined by the Board.

Please see application for eligibility requirements and criteria.

2020 Recipient of the ICCKC Owen Clouss Junior Scholarship Award

Charese Kelly

Charese is enrolled in the Honors College majoring in Biology with a minor in Spanish at Boise State University. She started showing dogs in 4H at the early age of six and in AKC events at age nine. Charese and her first dog Jacque earned Canine Good Citizen, Novice Obedience, Rally Novice , and ACT1 Agility titles. Her current dog, Indy have earned his Canine Good Citizen, Beginner Novice Obedience, Novice Obedience, Rally Novice, Rally Intermediate, Rally Advanced, Trick Dog Novice, and Trick Dog Intermediate titles.

Charese and Jacque qualified for the AKC National Championship twice, but Indy upped Jacque by qualifying for the AKC National Championship three times, the Obedience Championship once, and Westminster Kennel Club three times.

Charese states "As I begin this next journey in my life, I am confident that the lessons I have learned will serve me well, and I know that I will stay actively involved in the dog community throughout my life."

​2019 Recipient of the ICCKC Owen Clouss Junior Scholarship Award

Miranda Sylvester

Miranda is currently studying Nursing at Boise State. She grew up in a family of dog lovers and dog show enthusiasts. While participating in conformation dog shows, she was also involved in the 4H dog project for 6 years, part of that time as teen leader. She has volunteered with putting on the annual dog show, showmanship clinics, and as a 4H dog show judge at local fairs. Out of her many accomplishments, a highlight was qualifying for the 2005 and 2007 Eukanuba National Championship as a Junior Handler.

She has been actively involved in preservationist breeding for her breeds she grew up loving. Her passion for her breeds has grown over the years, loving them because they are fun to learn from and she wants to improve the next generation of dogs.

​2017 Recipient of the ICCKC Owen Clouss Junior Scholarship Award

Laryssa Peterson

A lifetime dog owner, Laryssa is pictured with her Border Collie, “Mushu” with whom Laryssa competes in agility trials.

Laryssa graduated from Kuna High School and is studying elementary education at BYU-Idaho.

2016 Recipient of the ICCKC Owen Clouss Junior Scholarship Award

Jami M. Smith

Jami is a student at BSU. She was salutatorian of her graduating class (Fruitland High School), and has been on the Dean's List for the majority of the time she has been a student at BSU.

She has shown dogs in Junior Showmanship since age 10; spent 3 summers working with a professional handler. Jami was involved with Silver Spurs 4-H for 3 years, a Cloverbud Dog Leader, as well as dog projects with FFA.

She has worked with Smooth Fox Terriers and German Shorthaired Pointers, and involved with the American Fox Terrier Club. In 2005 she was awarded Best Junior Handler at the Washington State Cocker Spaniel Club Specialty, and qualified for AKC Natl Championship Eukanuba. In 2007 she was awarded Best Junior Handler at the Fox Terrier Exhibitor Class. In 2013 she became an AKC Breeder of Merit.

Jami states that "Purebred dogs will always be a part of my life."

2014 and 2015 Recipient of the ICCKC Owen Clouss Junior Scholarship Award

Lexi Brigante

Lexi's application essay included this statement:

"I attended an ICCKC dog show and was hooked for life!"

Lexi competes in Agility with her Border Collies. She is studying to become a Veterinary Technician and an Agility Judge.