Penn State honors top ag students


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences recognized the recipient of the Outstanding Senior Award, as well as Outstanding Students in golf course turfgrass management, forest technology and wildlife technology for the 2016-17 academic year.

The Outstanding Senior Award, sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society and the Coaly Society, honors the senior who best balances outstanding academics, extracurricular activities, work experience and communication skills.

Candidates are selected based on resumes, grades, interviews and a short essay. James Frisbie, who was named Outstanding Senior, graduated in May with a 4.0 GPA, a major in immunology and infectious disease and a minor in bioethics and medical humanities.

As an undergraduate, he participated in research, wrote an honors thesis on the enzymatic synthesis of a metabolite shown to have anti-leukemic properties, and shadowed physicians in various fields for more than 150 hours.

He will begin medical school at the University of Maryland in the fall of 2017. Frisbie has received several awards over the course of his academic career. He was the College of Agricultural Sciences’ veterinary and biomedical sciences student marshal and recipient of the John White Graduate Fellowship Award in 2017.

Turfgrass award

Joshua Lemons, from Greeley, Colorado, was awarded the Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program Award and earned his degree in the subject in 2017.

He also holds a bachelor’s degree in cross-cultural studies from Bethany Global University in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Jeremy Newman, a Gettysburg native, received the Forest Technology Program Award. Newman earned an associate degree in forest technology from Penn State Mont Alto in May 2017, and will continue his education in forest ecosystem management next fall at University Park.

At Mont Alto, he was president of the Forestry Club and a member of the Woodsmen Team. Newman is an Eagle Scout, has worked as a field interviewer for the Pennsylvania Visitor Use Monitoring Project and conducted the Solder’s National Cemetery Trees Project in Gettysburg.

Chelby Sherwood, of DuBois, was named Outstanding Student in the Wildlife Technology Program. Sherwood graduated in May with an associate degree in wildlife technology. In the summer of 2016, she completed an internship with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Jefferson County Conservation District, collecting data on adult channel catfish presence, eggs and fry.

At Penn State, DuBois, Sherwood was on the dean’s list for three semesters and received the Alumni Society Trustee Scholarship, the Kurvin and Eva Lauer College of Agricultural Sciences Scholarship, and the Trustee Scholarship from the College of Agricultural Sciences.


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