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Twelve agriculture students named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

Twelve student-athletes from Purdue University’s College of Agriculture were named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars for their academic excellence during the 2020-21 school year. In total, 85 Boilermakers earned the honor, setting a record for the university. 

To qualify, awardees must achieve a grade-point average of 3.70 or better during the school year. 

Hayley Bush, Cassidy Hardin and Ethan Smiley earned the award for the second time in 2021. Taylor Mortensen and Tessa Sheets are three-time recipients.

Hayley Bush

Hayley Bush

Agricultural Economics

Union, Kentucky




Emma EllisEmma Ellis

Animal Sciences

Charlotte, North Carolina




Brooks RoyalBrooks Royal

Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Fitzgerald, Georgia




Ethan SmileyEthan Smiley

Botany and Plant Pathology

Beech Grove, Indiana




cassidyhardin1.jpgCassidy Hardin


Bargersville, Indiana




Megan CaseyMegan Casey

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Mason, Ohio

Track and Field



Emma TateEmma Tate

Botany and Plant Pathology

West Lafayette, Indiana

Track and Field




Taylor Mortensen

Animal Sciences

Hershey, Pennsylvania

Track and Field 




Emma Keesling

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Modoc, Indiana

Track and Field 




Tessa Sheets

Animal Sciences

Chatham County, North Carolina

Track and Field




Jackson Smeltz

Agricultural Economics

Lafayette, Indiana





Kasey Wilhoit


Franklin, Indiana


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