2005 Outstanding Senior Award

Natalie Cabot, B.S., Animal Sciences

2004 Outstanding Senior Award

Jay Hreiz, B.S., Animal Bioscience

In addition to earning excellent grades, Jay was a member of the Pre-Vet Club, serving as president, a member of the Penn State Marching Blue Band, and was elected as the national vice president of the American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association. He also held membership in the Coaly Honor Society. Following graduation, Jay planned to attend veterinary school.

2003 Outstanding Senior Award

Jennifer Flinchbaugh, B.S., Animal Sciences

2002 Outstanding Senior Award

Heather Schaetzle, B.S., Animal Sciences

A graduate of Conrad Weiser Area High School, Schaetzle is majoring in agricultural and biological engineering with a minor in environmental engineering and will graduate in December 2002. She is also a member of Penn State's Schreyer Honors College, Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, Alpha Epsilon gricultural engineering honor society, Gamma Sigma Delta agricultural honor society, Mortar Board senior honor society, the Coaly Agricultural Honor Society, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

As an undergraduate, Schaetzle served as an Ag Advocate, representing Penn State and the college at events such as Ag Progress Days, the Pennsylvania Farm Show, and Parents Weekend.

She also served as a teaching intern for the college's agricultural and biological engineering department. She is a past president of Penn State's student branch of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, serves on the Agricultural Student Council, and is a member of Habitat for Humanity. She also is a deacon and reader at the Zion Lutheran Church in Womelsdorf.

She was an engineering student-trainee with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service in Lebanon, Pa., and a laboratory assistant for the USDA Agricultural Research Service's Pasture Systems and Watershed Research Laboratory based at Penn State. She was also an engineering, scientific, and technical intern for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in Conshohocken, Pa.

2001 Outstanding Senior Award

Anne Panko, B.S., Food Science

2000 Outstanding Senior Award

Justin Howes, B.S., Agricultural Business Managemen

Justin is graduating in December 2000 with a degree in agricultural business management and a minor in agricultural economics and rural sociology. In addition to earning good grades, he has held many leadership positions in student clubs and organizations.

As a member of the Penn State Dairy Science Club, Justin serves as treasurer. He is also a member of Alpha Zeta fraternity, the National Agri-Marketing Association, and Penn State Block and Bridle Club, and he serves as an Ag Advocate for the college. Justin holds memberships in several honor societies including the Gamma Sigma Delta Agriculture Honor Society, the Golden Key National Honor Society, the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, and the Coaly Honor Society.

Justin is the son of Jay Howes of Harrisburg and Sue Kauffman of Carlisle.

1999 Outstanding Senior Award

Chris Connelly

The recipient of the 1999 Outstanding Senior Award was Chris Connelly. Chris graduated with a degree in dairy and animal science. An excellent student, Chris held many leadership positions in student clubs and organizations. As a member of the Penn State Dairy Science Club, Chris served as chair of the Nittany Lion Fall Classic. He also was active as a member of the Penn State Dairy Judging Team and a member and past president of the Alpha Zeta fraternity.

Chris's honors include the 1998 National Distinguished Junior Member of Holstein USA, Inc., the 1998 Distinguished Junior Member of the Pennsylvania Holstein Association, and he is a member of the Gamma Delta Sigma honorary fraternity and the Coaly Agricultural Honor Society.

Chris is the son of Ronald and Denise Connelly of Pennsylvania Furnace, and he now attends the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

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