2014 Outstanding Senior Awards Recipients

The 2014 Outstanding Seniors were recognized at the 2014 Celebration of Students, an annual student-run event which celebrates student achievements.

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Kristen Bartholomew Kristen Bartholomew

Academic Unit: Department of Animal Sciences

Major: Animal Sciences

Hometown: Oswego, NY

Don’t live passively; be an active participant in your life and in your education. Know what your goals are, figure out what you have to do to get there, and do it! Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot do something, and don’t be afraid to fail sometimes.

 

Clair Bullock Clair Bullock

Academic Unit: School of Environment and Natural Resources

Major: Environmental Policy and Management

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Always handle yourself professionally because networking is key. Remember you are setting yourself up for your future.

 

Matheus De Nardo Matheus De Nardo

Academic Unit: School of Environment and Natural Resources

Major: Natural Resources Management

Hometown: Wooster, OH

Explore all of your options early on: academic, extracurricular, social and personal. The more you know about the opportunities around you, the farther you’ll go.

 

Sandra "Molly" DePue Sandra “Molly” DePue

Academic Unit: Department of Animal Sciences

Major: Animal Sciences

Hometown: Hamden, OH

I would advise future and current students to above all else, keep an open mind and not take any opportunity or person you encounter for granted. Sometimes your biggest inspirations and best relationships will come from the last places you ever expected.

 

Sarah FinneySarah Finney

Academic Unit: Department of Animal Sciences

Major: Animal Sciences

Hometown: Marshallville, OH

Don’t take any opportunity for granted and be open to different experiences. You can always learn something and you never know what you will take away from an experience.

 

Amy Jo FrostAmy Jo Frost

Academic Unit: Department of Arts and Science and Business Technologies

Major: Agriscience Education

Hometown: Bloomingburg, OH

I would advise future and current students to pinpoint their passions and focus on them. Or, explore new passions, just not all at once. Students will get more out of honing in on fewer involvements rather than overcommitting.
 

Mara Gordon Mara Gordon

Academic Unit: Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

Major: Agribusiness and Applied Economics

Hometown: Wellington, OH

You and you alone have the ability to define your life, so spend your time wisely, treat people the way you want to be treated and, above all, live simply.

 

Mike HannewaldMike Hannewald

Academic Unit: Department of Horticulture and Crop Science

Major: Sustainable Plant Systems

Hometown: Waterville, OH

When you find something that you have a passion for, run with it! Whether it’s a student organization research, or class projects, take advantage of the opportunities to grow your knowledge and abilities.

 

Kristy KlingenbergKristy Klingenberg

Academic Unit: Department of Animal Sciences

Major: Animal Sciences

Hometown: Logan, OH

Enjoy every minute of college. There is no other time in your life where you will be able to have all the opportunities that a university like Ohio State can offer at your fingertips.

 

 

Kelsey Koke Kelsey Koke

Academic Unit: Department of Animal Sciences

Major: Animal Sciences

Hometown: Worthington, OH

Don’t be scared to step out of your comfort zone. You never know what kind of opportunities and friends lie just beyond it.

 

Eric Leber Eric Leber

Academic Unit: Department of Agricultural and Engineering Technologies

Major: Agricultural Systems Management

Hometown: Monroeville, OH

Ohio State has high caliber, bright minded people and a plethora of resources. Take advantage of these resources and the unique opportunities that present themselves. Lastly, try to keep an open mind.

 

Danielle Matthews Danielle Matthews

Academic Unit: Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

Major: Agribusiness and Applied Economics

Hometown: Ohio City, OH

 

My advice to students would be to be yourself. Your greatest potential is still unknown until you truly learn to be yourself and be happy with it.

 

Amanda PrickettAmanda Prickett

Academic Unit: Department of Animal Sciences

Major: Animal Sciences

Hometown: Kingston, OH

If you are interested in something, reach out to whomever you can to learn more about it. These small steps lead to bigger and better things than you ever thought possible!

 

Allison Pullin Allison Pullin

Academic Unit: Department of Animal Sciences

Major: Animal Sciences

Hometown: Charleston, WV

Never stop exploring your interests! Study abroad, do multiple internships, join student organizations, attend seminars, serve your community, and make connections.

 

Anastasia PurgiantoAnastasia Purgianto

Academic Unit: Department of Food Science and Technology

Major: Food Science and Technology

Hometown: Jakarta, Indonesia

Don’t be afraid to show your true colors. Remember to have fun and enjoy your life. You will have tons of opportunities to get your feet wet in anything that might be of your interest. Go ahead and embrace them!

 

Nick Rettig Nick Rettig

Academic Unit: Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

Major: Agribusiness and Applied Economics

Hometown: Napoleon, OH

Don’t be afraid to take chances, because you miss out on 100% of the chances you don’t take. Be actively involved, take on responsibility, step outside your comfort zone, and most importantly, have fun!

 

John Schoenhals John Schoenhals

Academic Unit: Department of Plant Pathology

Major: Plant Pathology

Hometown: Archbold, OH

Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Don’t base your decisions on what others do or what they think you should do. Find solid friends and lean on them when things get tough.

 

Lara Staples Lara Staples

Academic Unit: Department of Animal Sciences

Major: Animal Sciences

Hometown: Hamersville, OH

Build relationships, and surround yourself with the type of people that you want to be like, because the people you spend the most time with have the greatest impact on your life.

 

Stephanie Verhoff Stephanie Verhoff

Academic Unit: Department of Horticulture and Crop Science

Major: Sustainable Plant Systems

Hometown: Kalida, OH

Remember that the only way to find your niche is to be lost for a while. Lean into the challenges you are faced with instead of backing down, and don’t forget to have some fun on the way. Coffee never hurts either!

 

Katherine WennerKatherine Wenner

Academic Unit: Department of Animal Sciences

Major: Animal Sciences

Hometown: Lewis Center, OH

Choose goals that will challenge your current skills; the most beneficial goals are those that force you out of an old comfort zone, but ultimately lead you to becoming an even more accomplished young professional.