Five seniors from the Department of Agricutlrual Communication, Education, and Leadership were recognized at the annual CFAES Recognition Program on Thursday, April 8, 2016.
Seniors Devon Alexander, Jordan Bonham, Shelby Faulkner, Brooke Rieke Schanowski, and Demi Snider were selected via a competitive process, and are evaluated on excellence and demonstrated personal and professional growth in the areas of academic scholarship, student organization leadership, and involvement in the university and the broader community.
Devon Alexander, of Anna, Ohio, is the son of Jeff and Lori Alexander and a graduating senior in agricultural communication. He has been active in Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, the College Student Council, Buckeyethon, College Ambassadors, and FarmHouse Fraternity. Alexander was on Ohio State’s Homecoming Court for 2015 and interned with the Office of Student Life.
Jordan Bonham, of Washington Courthouse, Ohio, is the daughter of Barry and Wendy Bonham and a graduating senior in agricultural communication. She was actively involved in the Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, serving as a two-term president, and Alpha Zeta Partners Honorary, through which she completed a 6-week study abroad to Brazil. Bonham was also involved with Agriculture Future of America. After graduation, she will be working as a Farm Marketer for Cargill located in Albion, Nebraska.
Shelby Faulkner, of Urbana, Ohio, is the daughter of Lenny and Zoe Faulkner and a graduating senior in agriscience education. In her time at Ohio State, Faulkner has been involved within the college and her community, residing as president of the Agricultural Education Society and a founding member of her local FFA chapter Alumni association. She also completed internships with Monsanto and The National FFA Organization. After graduation, Faulkner intends to be a high school agriculture education teacher.
Brooke Rieke Schanowski, of Winfield, Illinois, is the daughter of Mark and Susan Schanowski. She will earn her degree in agricultural communication and after graduation she plans to become an on-air meteorologist. Rieke Schanowski’s notable experience during her time at Ohio State include serving as a college ambassador, a University Peer Mentor, participating in the Media, Marketing, & Communications Scholars Program, and working as an On-Air Meteorologist for Lantern TV.
Demi Snider, of Sycamore, Ohio, is the daughter of Dave and DeDe Snider and a graduating senior in agricultural communication. She was a member of Collegiate Cattlewomen of Ohio State and Collegiate Young Farmers. During her time at OSU, she served as an Ohio Beef Ambassador and a National Beef Ambassador where she traveled the state and country educating consumers and promoting beef. After graduation, Snider hopes to develop a youth agricultural education program within county extension offices.