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May 19, 2009

Purdue College of Agriculture honors top students

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's College of Agriculture has named its top students for 2009.

Christina Velasquez, a biochemistry major from Dyer, Ind., was named the outstanding senior. Erin Kischuk, a biochemistry major from West Lafayette, was outstanding junior. Rachel Schluttenhofer, a biochemistry major from Thorntown, Ind., was outstanding sophomore. Emily Hirsch, an agribusiness management major from Fort Branch, Ind., was outstanding freshman.

"College of Agriculture students are known across the campus for their leadership. Among those, one outstanding student is selected for each class," said Dale Whittaker, assistant director of academic programs for the College of Agriculture.

"These are truly remarkable students who have exhibited learning, creativity and leadership in their campus lives."

Velasquez received a plaque sponsored by the Agricultural Alumni Association. Her name will be engraved on a permanent plaque in the Steve and Sandra Hageman Center for Student Achievement and Leadership, located in the Agricultural Administration Building.

Kischuk, Schluttenhofer and Hirsch each received an engraved plaque from the College of Agriculture and the Office of Academic Programs. Their names also will appear on permanent plaques in the Hageman Center.

The top agriculture students are chosen based on their academic achievement and leadership. Each department within the College of Agriculture submits student nominations.

Writer: Natalie Federer, (765) 494-8406,

Source: Dale Whittaker, (765) 494-8472,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-8415;
Steve Leer,
Agriculture News Page

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