MANHATTAN, Kan. — Twenty students from six states gathered on the Kansas State University campus in early June to gain livestock industry knowledge and develop leadership skills as part of the 11th annual K-State Animal Sciences Leadership Academy.
Hosted by the K-State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry and sponsored by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council, the academy’s goal is to develop young leaders within the livestock industry and prepare them for a successful future in this field.
During their time at the KASLA, students participated in interactive leadership development and educational sessions led by faculty members from across the K-State campus. Participants completed the college experience by dining at the K-State Student Union, completing the K-State Challenge Course and staying in a campus dorm.
By hometown, this year’s class included (towns listed are from Kansas, unless otherwise noted):
Beloit — Zach Meier
Benton — Madison Wooderson
Conway Springs — Gavin Beesley
Creston, Ia. — Tyler Loudon
Everly, Ia. — Zach Schoelerman
Grabill, Ind. — Tobyn Smith
Grand Ridge, Ill. — Alyson Utegg
Hartford — Brooke Finnerty
Hyannis, Neb. — Kaylee Davis
LaCygne — Gracye Wilmurth
LeRoy — Colleen Decker
Longmont, Colo. — Alicia Bohren
Ottawa — Aaron Campbell
Parker — Kenzie Eastwood
Sedgwick — Kade McGinn
Sterling — Mallory Beltz
Waterloo, Ill. — Cassie Allscheid and Krista Allscheid
Waverly — Kaylynn Vogts
Yates Center — Aidan Yoho.
The KASLA also included a half day of livestock industry tours throughout northeast Kansas, with stops at
- Hildebrand Farms Dairy, Junction City
- Kansas Livestock Association, Topeka
- Bichelmeyer Meats, Kansas City, and
- American Royal, Kansas City.
They also enjoyed tours of university farms and animal science department facilities.
For their final project, the students were divided into groups during the week to focus on current issues affecting the livestock industry. Faculty mentors from the K-State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry assisted each group.
Using information they learned throughout the academy, the groups were asked to present their subject as part of the closing reception on the final day. About 75 family, friends and members of the K-State community gathered for the closing reception to honor the graduates and hear their thoughts on these important livestock issues.
— Angie Stump Denton, K-State Research and Extension
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