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AGEC Senior Spotlight 2017-2018

Their Purdue careers nearly complete, our Agricultural Economics seniors have experienced, lived, learned and grown with us. Their achievements never cease to astonish us, and without fail - year after year - we are proud to see them graduate and move on to brilliant, bright futures. Our Senior Spotlight gives you insights into who these bright students are, what they do and what makes them tick. Click their names to read the full interview. Enjoy!

McKenna Clifford​: Mentors and study abroad helped define career path leading to unexpected adventures

Kristen Meal​: Working hard to complete what she set her mind to led to good grades, an Aldi internship, running Purdue Half Marathon & ambassador for CHAARG

Lindsey VanDeventer: Continuously learning with hands on experience & helped discover passion through internships 

Dhruv Neema: Studied abroad often and found tremendous value in learning from great professors

Evan Speaker:​ Remained flexible, expanded horizons and was supported along the way by friends and family 
Amber Wampler:​ Out-of-state student came to learn how to market food; leaving passionate for the linkage between producer and consumer

Henry Harrell:​ Came to Purdue passionate for agriculture and singing; now desires to work in those areas internationally

Sanne Van Roessel
Paid it forward helping with orientation for incoming students; now looking forward to entrepreneurship one day

Hunter Hollis​: Came to Purdue to play baseball and experience agriculture; leaving with so much more

Rachel Trotter: ​This traveling “foodie” found balance between work, study & play while expanding her knowledge of agriculture

Wyatt Lucas​
: Born to be a Boilermaker and enjoyed advocating agriculture across campus once he arrived at Purdue

Judith Martin​
: International student comes to Purdue from engineering focus and ends up researching hops amidst a well-rounded career in AGEC

Ethan McNeely​
: Saw much of US through Purdue Volleyball, served others in variety of ways, and encourages new students to “forge your own path”

Abbie McClelland​: Came to study food; along the way fell in love with marketing; leaving to enter Brand Marketing in the food sector

Jordan Cory​:  Lifelong fan of Purdue was privileged to lead the basketball student section at Mackey and eight other arenas

Brandon Brunt:​ 
Diverse experiences across the University leads to encouragement to underclassman to “find your passion and pursue it, and value the relationships you make along the way

Heather Huizenga​:​ Intrigued by the future of agriculture while passionate about advocating for agriculture; urges students to put their all into everything they do

Sidney Mumma: First generation Boilermaker finds home at Purdue Agriculture with a dual major 

Riley Lewis:​ Boilermaker by blood, determined learner, destined to farm

Jason Perkins: Farm raised Boilermaker, taking knowledge gained from Purdue to future career 

Allie Abney: Participated in much, well-traveled and encourages underclassman to pay attention to daily decisions​

Thomas Meredith:​ Advocate for Agriculture performed in Purdue Musical Organizations; proud to wear his Purdue class ring

Shania Ray:​ Burning passion for Poultry & found that Boilermaker experience fit and developed her; will miss singing Hail Purdue in Mackey

Cody Anderson:​ West Coast roots found a home in West Lafayette, competed in National Argi-Marketing, and studied abroad

Shelby Riley:​  First generation Boilermaker and agriculture student found home at Purdue

Adam Gooding:​ Served on Purdue Grand Prix Foundation Senior Board and professionally looking forward to bringing value to producers

Rachel Stowers: Outstanding student studied abroad for a semester and recommends to Pay it Forward to future students​.

Brett Brooks: Purdue Student Government Executive Director found home away from home while at Purdue.

Kylie Echard: Boiler from birth, double majored, studied abroad twice and accepted full-time employment before Senior year began. 

Paige Stevenson: Fourth generation on her farm; wants to start career in Grain industry after very active Purdue career.

Ben Knapke: After taking advantage of many academic opportunities, this cattle owner is headed west to work in finance industry.


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