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Senior student awards were presented to five College of Agriculture and Life Sciences graduating seniors. The seniors will be recognized at the college's convocation on Dec. 16.
Outstanding Senior Award
Paige Cannella is a graduating senior in agricultural studies from Johnston, Iowa. Cannella has been on the Dean’s list every semester and will be graduating with distinction, Magna Cum Laude, a semester early. She is also a member of several honor societies including Gamma Sigma Delta, Alpha Zeta Agricultural Honor Fraternity, Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma. After graduation Cannella will begin her career with DuPont Pioneer in the Emerging Leaders Program.
Distinguished Service Award
Allison Jaeger is a graduating senior with a double major in dietetics and global resource systems. Jaeger is from Lisbon, Iowa and has received numerous awards and scholarships. She’s served in multiple leadership roles to engage other students in community service and raise awareness about community issues. Jaeger plans to continue her education and is pursuing an advanced degree through the dietetics internship program at Iowa State.
Academic Achievement Award
Merritt Polomsky is a graduating senior in genetics with a minor in bioinformatics and computational biology. She is from Dreydan, Maryland and has received several academic scholarships. She has designed and implemented independent research projects and plans to continue her research as a graduate student.
Leadership Excellence Award
Lauren Sendelbach is a graduating senior in agricultural business and economics from Henry, Illinois. She’s served as an officer in the Ag Business Club and was a member of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences student council. She also enjoyed mentoring peers and undergraduate students in the college. After graduation, she plans to work for the Kamp Group in Varsseveld, Netherlands.
Outstanding Ambassador of Agriculture and Life Sciences Award
Taylor Wilkins is an agricultural and life sciences education major from Brooker, Florida. Wilkins transferred from Florida and worked with transfer students through the ambassador program. She spent many hours representing the college at events and visits. Wilkins plans to pursue a master’s degree in agricultural education.