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OSU Ferguson College of Agriculture recognizes 20 Seniors of Distinction

Friday, March 25, 2022

Media Contact: Jami Mattox | Agricultural Communications Services | 405-744-8061 |

The Oklahoma State University Ferguson College of Agriculture has recognized 20 Seniors of Distinction for their dedication to academics, leadership, research and service.

“Our college includes a diverse group of individuals whose unique strengths make our college special,” said Cynda Clary, Ferguson College of Agriculture associate dean of academic programs. “We are proud to congratulate our outstanding seniors for their hard work and accomplishments while at OSU.”

Leslie Smith was named the 2022 Louis and Betty Gardner Outstanding Senior. Smith is an agribusiness and animal science major from Mutual, Oklahoma. Of the 20 Seniors of Distinction listed below, four were also honored with the Dean’s Award of Excellence (indicated by an *).

  • Phoebe Austerman, Oklahoma City, horticulture
  • Dalee Barrick, Waurika, Oklahoma, agricultural communications and agribusiness
  • Kaylyn Branen, Collinsville, Oklahoma, animal science and agricultural communications
  • Kinzie Burtrum, Stillwater, Oklahoma, animal science
  • Cameron Catrett*, Luverne, Alabama, food science and animal science
  • Jade Edwards, Hamilton, Kansas, animal science
  • Hailey Freeman, Bixby, Oklahoma, natural resource ecology and management
  • Emily Gerstenkorn, Waco, Texas, animal science and agricultural communications
  • Ashley Gin*, Oklahoma City, biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Amarie Griffeth*, Cushing, Oklahoma, agricultural communications and agribusiness
  • Devin Griffith, Williams, California, agricultural communications
  • Bobby Marchy, Ceres, California, agricultural communications
  • Audrey Ochsner, Stillwater, Oklahoma, agricultural communications
  • Jack Palla, Clovis, New Mexico, animal science and agribusiness
  • Halle Roper, Asbury, Missouri, agribusiness and agricultural communications
  • Madelyn Scott*, Lawton, Oklahoma, food science
  • Claire Sheppard, Biggs, California, plant and soil sciences
  • Leslie Smith, Mutual, Oklahoma, agribusiness and animal science
  • Bree Taylor, Kingfisher, Oklahoma, agribusiness
  • Xin Mei Teng, Puchong, Malaysia, food science

The Ferguson College of Agriculture emphasizes hands-on learning and prioritizes a well-rounded student experience. The college’s award-winning faculty members are dedicated to developing students and are passionate about adding value to the total educational experience. With a diverse set of majors and study options, plus more than 60 student organizations, the college is committed to expanding minds and inspiring purpose. Learn more at

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