PITTSBURGH — For the fifth consecutive year, Penn State’s Dairy Science Club was named the Outstanding Chapter at the American Dairy Science Association Student Affiliate Division (ADSA-SAD) annual meetings held in Pittsburgh June 24-27.
The award is based on an annual report of chapter activities, participation in the ADSA Student Affiliate Division, club publications and website.
The meeting attracted 130 undergraduate students and their advisers from 23 dairy science clubs along with more than 1,900 professionals and guests from the US, Mexico, Canada, and beyond.
Awards. Penn State was represented by seven undergraduate students, including Zachary Curtis, Waymart, Pennsylvania; Emma Brenengen, Middletown, Maryland; Douglas Boop, Millmont, Pennsylvania; Katie Hess, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Sarah Rassler, New Tripoli, Pennsylvania; Toni Smith, Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania; and Katie Sondericker, Attica, New York.
Penn State’s quiz bowl team of Boop, Hess, Rassler, and Sondericker placed second overall among 12 teams.
The club scrapbook assembled by Macy Fisher, McVeytown, Pennsylvania, placed first, and the Penn State Dairyman, edited by Sarah Williams, Pottsville, Pennsylvania, earned second in the yearbook category.
Brenengen, Curtis, and Sondericker represented the club in the undergraduate presentation contests.
Academics. Along with the activities at the meetings, ADSA honors undergraduates for academic achievement.
Students from Penn State that received ADSA certificates for outstanding scholarship included: Hailey Berkstresser, Hustontown, Pennsylvania; Brenengen; Dylan Dietz, McVeytown, Pennsylvania; Mikayla Fulper, Lambertville, New Jersey; Amber Gabel, Newport, Pennsylvania; Curtis Hershey, Bethel, Pennsylvania; Hess; Simon Itle, Loretto, Pennsylvania; Garrett Morgan, Paonia, Colorado; Sondericker; Megan Sweppenheiser, Ulster, Pennsylvania; and Stephanie Takitch, Latrobe, Pennsylvania.