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Thursday, December 1, 2016
Mikaela Hermstedt named Shinoda Scholar of the Year #studentsuccess
“Believe deep down in your heart that you're destined to do
Mikaela Hermstedt named Shinoda Scholar of the Year!
These are the famous
words of Joe Paterno that every ‘Nittany Lion’ exemplifies throughout their journey
at the Pennsylvania State University. Mikaela Hermstedt, a senior majoring in
Plant Sciences, believes that her journey has allowed and prepared her to do
great things in her future.
Mikaela has put much
time and effort into her academics as a Shreyers Honors College student, and as
an officer in multiple university clubs and organizations. Through this hard
work and effort she has had the opportunity to work with the Penn State botany
greenhouses and complete a Nursery Management Internship at Longwood Gardens.
All while serving as President for Collegiate FFA, President for Agricultural
Student Council, Treasurer for International Association of Agricultural
Students, and a Team Member for Student Organization Resource Team. From these
experiences she was able to build multiple skills that she plans to use in her
future in commercial greenhouse production of flowering plants.
Mikaela’s hard work and
work ethic is what has earned her The Shinoda Foundation highest honor as the
Shinoda Scholar of the Year! One
professor recommending her for the award noted, “I would rank Mikaela as one of
my top students in the past 10 years at Penn State in terms of work ethic, but
also in terms of attention to detail, cooperative spirit and excellent
The Shinoda Foundation’s sole purpose
is to provide scholarship assistance to deserving students who have chosen to
prepare for careers in the flower industry. It is only through education that
the interests and potential of young people can be developed in order to meet
the expanding demands of the floral industry. “These students represent
horticulture’s best and brightest,” says Bob Otsuka, president of the
Foundation. “It’s our industry’s duty to grow our future, and we’re proud to
play a small role.”
Mikaela is truly one of those
deserving students! She is destined to do great things to help grow the future
of the floral industry.
Congratulations Mikaela Hermstedt!
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