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2021 Student Awards in Agriculture and Food Science


Ben Duncan

Ben was born in Carlisle, KY. He came to Western Kentucky University for undergrad receiving bachelor degrees in Public Relations and Turfgrass Management. He attended graduate school at Western Kentucky University to obtain a Masters degree in Agriculture with research based in Turfgrass Management. After obtaining his Masters degree, Ben plans to stay in Bowling Green and continue his position as an assistant superintendent at Bowling Green Country Club and continue to work in the golf course industry.

Shelby Winchell

Shelby Winchell is a Senior from Hawesville, KY studying Agriculture with a concentration in Agronomy and a minor in Sales.  Shelby has been an active member of the Department of Agriculture and Food Science, including serving as one of the department's faculty-elected Agriculture Ambassadors.  Shelby will graduate in December 2021 and plans to enter the workforce as an Agronomist or a Sales Representative.

Malachi B. Huffaker

Malachi B. Huffaker, a Senior majoring in Agriculture & Food Science, received the Outstanding Agriculture Business Student Award.  Malachi expects to graduate with summa cum laude honors in May of 2021.  He will be receiving a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a concentration in Agribusiness.  Malachi was involved heavily in Cru, a campus ministry at WKU.  He currently has accepted a position with Cru for this upcoming year after graduation.  He would like to thank his Cru community as well as all of his professors for their diligence, patience, and hard work during these last four years in helping him with his degree. 

Mattie Mink

Mattie Mink is a senior in the Department of Agriculture and Food Science with a concentration in agricultural education and hails from Elizabethtown, KY. Mattie has been on the President’s list for five semesters and will appear again after a successful student teaching experience. She has represented the Department of Agriculture at National FFA Convention, Kentucky State FFA Convention, the Kentucky FFA Leadership Training Center and several other recruitment and retention events. She has been an Agriculture Ambassador and a member of the Agricultural Education Society serving as President. She is completing her student teaching at Meade County High School under Callie Hobbs in secondary agriculture. After completion, she plans to seek employment as a fulltime agriculture teacher in Kentucky.

Shelby Winchell

Shelby Winchell is a Senior from Hawesville, KY studying Agriculture with a concentration in Agronomy and a minor in Sales.  Shelby has been an active member of the Department of Agriculture and Food Science, including serving as one of the department's faculty-elected Agriculture Ambassadors.  Shelby will graduate in December 2021 and plans to enter the workforce as an Agronomist or a Sales Representative.

Justin Holbrook

My passion for agriculture began when I was a child and has continued to grow during my time in the WKU Agriculture Program. I am pursing a Bachelor’s of Science with concentrations in Agronomy Plant and Soil Science and Ag-Systems. My knowledge in the use of cover crops and soil conservation has been greatly expanded thanks to my agronomy professors,  Dr. Willian and Dr. Gilfillen. I am eager to begin my career in the Agriculture industry, and know what I have learned at WKU has prepared me for my future.

Kadie Woods

Kadie Woods is a senior majoring in Agriculture with concentrations in Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Kadie is the daughter of Keena and Kevin Woods, both from Scottsville, KY. It was in Alvaton, KY at her grandparents where she discovered her love of animals and from the age of 5, declared she was going to be a veterinarian. She has plans to apply in the next cycle for veterinary school to become a mixed animal practitioner. Kadie would like to thank her family, friends, and the faculty and staff at the WKU Department of Agriculture for all of their support. 

Hannah Price

I am 19 year old's I am very passionate about the floral industry from growing to arranging to selling. Through these 2 years so far of my college career I had the opportunities to work on so many events around campus it has been a wonderful learning experience. I only hope for my knowledge and experience to grow as my time at WKU continues. 

Madelyne Taylor

Madelyne Taylor grew up in Edmonson County, KY, where from an early age she loved anything that related to plants. Helping in the gardens at her parent’s venue, honing her landscaping and propagation skills, she quickly gained a passion that eventually led her to WKU’s Agriculture Department. For her, the Agriculture Department at WKU fed her desire to dive deep into the subject she was so committed to, and created a lifelong devotion. Madelyne is currently a senior majoring in Agriculture with a concentration in Horticulture and has had many influential experiences from her internships through WKU, including the Baker Arboretum and Shyne Labs.

Andrew Wells

Born and raised in McCreary County Kentucky, where Andrew became fascinated with turf management by helping maintain his high school baseball field. After years of work experience and education at Western Kentucky University, he aspires to become a golf course superintendent of the highest caliber.

 

 

 

 


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