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‘MOO’ve out of the way for Sarabeth Royer! #studentsuccess #psuaged16
Sarabeth Royer is a senior this year at Penn State majoring
in Agricultural Extension and Education and she has done some utterly unbelievable
things during her time here at school. She has made an impact by being a PSU Ag
Advocate, being an active member of several student run organizations, and even works
at the Poultry facilities that we have on campus. All of her hard work and
dedication has led to her winning a top of the line award called the NDS/DMI
Education and Communication Scholarship.
scholarship is organized through National Dairy Shrine and Dairy Management Inc. who
both co-sponsor this award for students who are pursuing degrees in education
or communication in which they directly relate to dairy, agriculture, or food
related industries. Due to the fact that Sarabeth has been an active member and
current treasurer of the Dairy Science Club, a PSU Ag Advocate, and lives
on a dairy farm in Lancaster, PA, she was able to relate to this award quite a
bit! Stated in her essay, “I believe that there is a
disconnect between farms and food. This ignorance is a huge and pressing
problem in the United States, and has considerably shaped my decision to major
in Agricultural and Extension Education. I want to help students bridge this gap
between the field and the fork, the tractor cab and the fridge door, the cow
and the ice cream cone...” Since her time here at Penn State, she has been
working on that goal.
Sarabeth mentioned to us as well that the support she received from
her professors at Penn State made her choose to apply for this award. Her
professors Mr. Dale Olver and Dr. Chad Dechow (both PSU Dairy Science Club
Advisors and professors in the Dairy and Animal Sciences classes) both urged
her to apply and both wrote her letters of recommendation for this award.
Sarabeth will be receiving this award on October 1st at
the National Dairy Shrine awards banquet in Madison Wisconsin which is during
the World Dairy Exposition. She will also be receiving a $1,500 scholarship to
aid her in furthering her education. She states, “Lessons taught outside in our
barn, in a field, or our milking parlor have all molded me, have sculpted me
into a passionate advocate for agriculture. For these reasons, I am pursuing a
degree in Agricultural and Extension Education with the hopes of teaching
secondary agriculture education. After all, I am a strong believer in the fact
that some of the best classrooms don’t have four walls.”
We know Sarabeth will continue being an 'Ag'vocate in the classroom
and wherever she chooses to go! Keep on doing great things Sarabeth!
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