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College of AG recognizes top students during Spring Awards Banquet

Outstanding Freshman Award: Sydney Hefty (Agricultural Economics)

Dept. Head: Jayson Lusk;

Sydney Hefty: is currently pursuing a degree in agricultural economics with a minor in political science. She is a member of the Agribusiness Club, Ag Week Task Force Events Committee, Grand Prix Foundation Junior Board Sales Committee and the College of Ag Dean’s Scholars Program.


Outstanding Sophomore Award: Tiffany Chang (Animal Sciences)

Dept. Head: John Blanton;

Tiffany Chang is studying animal sciences with a pre-veterinary medicine concentration. She is a member of the Purdue Vietnamese Student Association, American Society for Microbiology, and Cornerstone Christian Fellowship. She has worked under Dr. Timothy Johnson in an Animal Sciences Microbiology Lab researching the effects of orange corn altering microbiomes.


Outstanding Junior Award: Halee Fisher (Agricultural Economics)

Dept. Head: Jayson Lusk;

Halee Fisher is studying agricultural economics and political science with minors in international studies, global food & agriculture systems, and psychology. Halee is seeking a Public Policy Certificate and is the President for Rising Professionals, and involved with Issues-360, Ag Ambassadors, Ag Council, Student Life Advisory Board, Mortar Board, Honors College, undergraduate research, and is a Purdue AGEC Podcast Co-host. She works with Dr. Jayson Lusk on food labeling research and was the 2021 Outstanding Sophomore in the College of Agriculture.


Outstanding Senior Award: Clayton Hicks (Biochemistry)

Dept. Head: Andy Mesecar,

Clayton Hicks is studying biochemistry with a concentration in pre-medicine and a minor in history and will graduate with certificates in medical humanities and a Leadership Development Certificate. He studied abroad at the University of Exeter in England and in Romania. He participates in undergraduate research with Dr. Ann Kirchmaier and presented his research in spring 2021. He is involved in the Biochemistry Club and College Mentors for Kids Program and is an Honors College Ambassador.


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