The National Dairy Shrine is pleased to announce the recipients of the Student Recognition scholarships for 2020, this award recognizes graduating seniors planning a career related to the dairy industry who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, academic ability, and a sincere interest in dairy cattle. Every university can nominate up to two candidates for this recognition in any given year. The highest recipient receives a $2000 award, the second a $1500 award and the other recipients receive $1000 awards.
The top scholarship recipient of $2000 is Emily Annexstad of St Peter, Minnesota. Emily double majored in Animal Science and Agricultural Communication & Marketing at the University of Minnesota. Emily was President of the campus National Agri-Marketing Association, serves as a Midwest Dairy Ambassador, was vice president of the Beta of Clovia Sorority and is active in the Gopher Dairy Club currently serving as President. Ms. Annexstad had also served as the 64th Princess Kay of the Milky Way. Emily plans on a career in dairy communications or marketing championing the positives of the dairy industry.
The second award of $1500 goes to Sanne de Bruijn of Vicksburg, Michigan who attended South Dakota State University double majoring in Dairy Production and Dairy Manufacturing. Sanne was a student ambassador for the Ag College at SDSU, Head Mentor of the freshman dairy seminar class, on the SDSU Student Council and Vice President of the SDSU Dairy Club. She has worked with the Midwest Dairy Association, attended Agriculture Future of America Conferences and is a member of the SDSU Dairy Products Evaluation team. Sanne’s future involves moving to France for a 2-year apprenticeship and Masters’ Program for Lactalis. Upon completion she will relocate to the Lactalis cheese facility in Buffalo, New York.
Additionally, five other students have been awarded $1000 scholarships. They are Shoshana Brody from Baltimore, Maryland a major in Animal Science at Penn State University. At Penn State Ms. Brody was President of the Penn State Dairy Science Club, Vice President of the Penn State Coaly Society, and Vice President of the Penn State Reproduction Research Team. She is a member of Gamma Sigma Delta and a Schreyer Honors Scholar. With a great interest in science and biology Ms. Brody will be attending the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
The next $1000 recipient is Summer Henschel of Plymouth, Wisconsin. Summer is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Dairy Science with a Pre-Vet Emphasis. Ms. Henschel has been secretary of the Badger Dairy Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau President, and House Manager of the Association of Women in Agriculture on campus. Summer has also been active in Holstein and Brown Swiss breed activities. Summer is preparing for her future as a large animal veterinarian by attending the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.
Another $1000 recipient is Bailey Larson of Alma Center, Wisconsin. Bailey majored in Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. On campus she served as Vice President of the Dairy Club and has been active in the Block & Bridle club, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and the Midwest Student Affiliate organization. Bailey is still very involved in Jackson County Dairy activities and manages their Facebook page. With a strong interest in dairy nutrition and after a fulfilling summer internship, Bailey will be starting her career as a dairy nutrition consultant with Purina Animal Nutrition.
The next $1000 recipient is Jack Myers of Fowler, Michigan. Jack majored in Dairy Science with a Food Science minor at Iowa State University. He served for two terms as the National President of the ADSA Student Affiliate Division and as an ISU CALS senator. Jack has been very active in the ISU Dairy Products Evaluation club serving as President and is completing a book chronicling the history of dairy at Iowa State. Jack was named the outstanding senior for the ISU dairy club and is a member of Alpha Zeta. Jack plans on continuing his education in the dairy product field with the goal of becoming an educator.
The final senior recognition honoree is Kelly MacRae from Grove City, Pennsylvania who was a major in Animal Science at Penn State University. Kelly has been involved in dairy cattle judging, Dairy Challenge, and the Northeast Student Affiliate of ADSA. She served as the Vice President of the Penn State Dairy Club and was the Student Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Junior Dairy Show. After programs with ADM and URUS Kelly plans on starting her career in Western Pennsylvania in dairy sales with the intent to become an on-farm dairy profitability consultant.
For more information about the students being recognized by National Dairy Shrine or details about a future NDS Awards Banquet, contact the NDS office at [email protected] Additional information on National Dairy Shrine membership or other activities is also available HERE. Dairy enthusiasts are encouraged to become a part of the most important dairy organization helping to inspire future dairy leaders, honor current or past dairy leaders and preserve dairy industry history.