Junior Board: Grand Prix Race 62

Written by: Laura Barrett, Ag. Communications and Ag. Economics, Class of 2022

This year Purdue had an amazing turnout for Grand Prix Race 62. But who are the people behind the scenes of this powerhouse of an event? AGEC students Derek Berkshire (Senior; Agribusiness Marketing; Monticello, IN) and Kile McKee (Junior; Agribusiness Management ; Chrisman, IN) shared their experience serving on the Junior Board this past year in preparation for the Grand Prix 2019. 

The junior board is made up of over 30 members, track, safety, and security workers. They work all year under the Senior Board officers in preparation for the spring event. Both men interviewed sparked an interest in racing and joined through FarmHouse fraternity, but they went through different experiences with their positions on the board. 

Kile spent his year working under the Director of Scoring, Adam Rose, to communicate with the MyLaps company and assure the timing and scoring devices are working smoothly. They were in constant communication with Purdue kart teams to make sure they had the correct equipment and to answer any questions from teams. Kile says that his favorite part of his position was, “seeing all of the teams work on their karts and the board organize the event throughout the year and then coming to the track and watching their hard work and dedication pay off.”

Derek serves as the VIP Coordinator for Grand Prix. He focuses on events going on in the VIP tent for Purdue faculty, administration, sponsors, friends of Grand Prix, safety officials, Grand Prix members, scholars, and queen candidates. “Purdue Grand Prix is fortunate in many ways but particularly through the long tradition of the organization. As a result, the alumni and friends of the organization make this experience nearly unparalleled.” Derek enjoyed sharing with Purdue not only the success of the event, but the hard work, partnerships, and events leading up to the race making it all possible. “For me, telling the story of how Grand Prix encourages students to help students is the most rewarding part of my Grand Prix experience.”

To see more of Race 62 and keep up with the progress of next year’s event, check out the Purdue Grand Prix’s Facebook page by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/PurdueGrandPrixFoundation/ 

Other AGEC students involved with Grand Prix Junior Board: Adam Neuman (Freshman; Commodity Marketing; Rushville, IN) and Alexie Schroeder (Junior; Applied Agricultural Economics; Idaville, IN)

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