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2022 AECL Scholarships and Awards

Friday, April 15, 2022

 

STILLWATER, Okla. — More than 80 agricultural education, communications, and leadership students were recognized for their academic achievements, leadership abilities, and campus involvement throughout the fall and spring semesters. The Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership awarded students with more than $150,000 in scholarships.

 

“Donors give to scholarship programs because they believe in the department, students, and faculty,” said Rob Terry, AECL department head. “I think the gift of hard-earned contributions from our donors is one of the best endorsements we can receive as a department. These funds allow us to build the program to be even better in the future and attract top-notch students, then reward them for their hard work and success.” 

 

Alumni were also recognized for their outstanding achievements in career success and philanthropy. See all the students and alumni awarded below.

 

Distinguished Alumni 

Amy Pierce - Agricultural Communications

Amy J. Pierce graduated in 1996 from OSU with a degree in Agricultural Communications. She then attended Oklahoma City University School of Law, and obtained her Juris Doctorate degree in 1999, graduating cum laude. Amy’s legal career has involved representing various parties in all types of civil proceedings. Amy was recently appointed by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma as the first-ever full-time District Court Judge and is the first female District Court Judge for the Nation.

Amy Pierce


GT Moody - Agricultural Education

GT graduated from OSU with an AGED bachelor's degree in 1984 and a master's degree in 1991. He was the AGED program specialist at Oklahoma Career Tech for 13 years. GT has served as the LifeChurch campus group leader for the last seven years In this role, he oversees 11 campuses in 8 states. He and his wife Megan, have one daughter and four granddaughters. GT is Loyal and True to his Alma Mater, as he is always dressed in something orange.

GT Moody


Shannon Hood - Agricultural Leadership

Shannon has a long history of supporting higher education. She has recently served as the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success at Dallas College. In this role, the senior executive administrator and the chief academic officer are responsible for developing and leading highly collaborative teams focused on the execution of operations, achievement of strategic goals, and enhancement.

Shannon Hood

AECL Outstanding Seniors

Kaylyn Branen - AGCM

Kaylyn has been an active member throughout her time at OSU. Some of her involvement includes ACT President, Agricultural Student Academic Mentor for Ferguson College of Agriculture, and Cowboy Journal fact-checker. After graduation, Kaylyn will be working as a Content and Communications Specialist at the National Rural Water Association.
 Kaylyn Branen

Stephanie Helsen - AGED

Stephanie is a member of the OSU Women's Equestrian Team and plans to finish graduate school and graduate with a Master's in Agricultural Education and Leadership in May of 2023. She then plans to become a secondary agricultural education teacher or work in the Equine industry.
Stephanie Helsen

James Hinkel - AGLE

James is the production superintendent of McKee Foods Corporation, Westville Public Schools Board of Education board clerk, and an Impact Holiness Church worship team member. After graduation, James plans to pursue his master's in business administration, and continue building his career with McKee Foods.
James Hinkel
AECL Outstanding Fresman

Karstyn Cantrell - AGCM & AGED

Throughout her time at OSU, Karstyn has served in organizations like FTC, FRC, Ferguson Student Council, various clubs, and her Panhellenic sorority, as well as being an Oklahoma State FFA Officer. She plans to pursue higher education, such as law school, and one day advocate for agriculture at a much higher caliber. Serving as an agricultural educator will give her the chance to give back to the industry.
Karstyn Cantrell

Frannie Yasseri - AGLE

Frannie is a member of the Sorority Alpha Delta Pi and a volunteer at the local humane society. After graduation, Frannie plans to become an environmental auditor within a federal agency.
Frannie Yasseri
Early Career Achievement Awardees

Maggie Hoey

Maggie Hoey currently serves as President and CEO of Lindsey House, a Tulsa-area nonprofit organization. In her role, Maggie oversees the day-to-day operations, supervises a team of staff members, and is responsible for oversight, implementation, and evaluation of Lindsey House programs and services. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in agricultural communications from Oklahoma State University and a master’s in public administration from OU-Tulsa.
Maggie Hoey

Brooke Clay Taylor

After working for strategic advertising and brand reputation agencies across the U.S., Brooke launched Rural Gone Urban, a strategic communications boutique agency. She’s the co-founder of Brand Camp: The Workshop, which is dedicated to helping other brands launch successfully. Brooke is the founder of The Rural Gone Urban Foundation, which is dedicated to investing in strong women doing brave things by focusing on scholarships for B and C students, grants for rural business owners, and wild giving to the strongest women of all -- cancer fighters. 
Brooke Clay Taylor

Jillianne Tebow

Jillianne is currently the Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at Central Rural Electric Cooperative. She oversees the account services, and marketing and communications departments for a 22,000-meter electric cooperative and its fiber subsidiary, Centranet, LLC. She also serves as a member of the Executive Management Team to assist with strategic planning, setting organizational goals, forecasting, reporting, and measurements.
Jillianne Tebow

See the full list of scholarship recipients below!

Herb Karner Scholarship
  • Hunter Gibson
  • Bree Kisling
Earnest Shiner Memorial Scholarship
  • Taylor Dowell
Beth Lilly Memorial Scholarship
  • Sierra Walter
Amanda Money Memorial Scholarship
  • Raegan Lockhart
The Wirt Family Scholarship for Agricultural Communications
  • Karstyn Cantrell
  • Krista Carroll
  • Rachel Williamson
The Shannon Webb Denniston Agricultural Communications Scholarship
  • Camryn Bond
Dr. Alexander Covington Magruder Memorial Scholarship
  • Sara Howard
Schwabauer Family Scholarship
  • Ellie Fly
  • Elizabeth Perdue
  • Jillian Remington
Agricultural Communications Alumni Scholarship
  • Emily Lencioni
  • Bailee Schiefelbein
Don & Robbyn Treadway Scholarship
  • Aubrey Layton
Oklahoma Farm Bureau Scholarship
  • Megan Fragasso
Don and Willa Dean Ramsey Blue & Gold Ag Education Scholarship
  • McKenna Blair
  • Karstyn Cantrell
  • Sydni Case
  • Dylan Hardwick
  • Megan Olson
  • Tiffani Snow
  • Tanner Taylor
  • Elijah Turrentine
Leonard Hunter Memorial Scholarship
  • Aspen Coldiron
  • Alexis Hise
  • Bethany Humphreys
Agricultural Education Scholarship
  • Ashlyn Ahlgrim
  • Reagon Carter
  • Ella Cox
  • Caylyn Cunningham
  • Jeannette Furlong
  • Sierra Gomez
  • Shawn Hilliary
  • Jacob Nunley
  • Sarah Tarr
  • Ashley Thomas
  • Taylor Trigueiro
  • Joshua Winnett
Howell Professorship Scholarship
  • Addison Waller
Larry Watkins Scholarship
  • Madalyn Nissen
  • Jaycie Shelburne
Dr. Donald D. Brown Family Memorial Scholarship
  • Lily Gisclair
  • Haley Shelton
Huffer Memorial Scholarship
  • Whitney Walker
James & Hattie Barker Scholarship
  • Kaylee Pittenger
James D. White Endowed Scholarship
  • Ryan Best
  • Emily Manuel
  • Tyler Price
  • Kris Rankin
  • Emily Sewell

The OSU Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership in the Ferguson College of Agriculture is dedicated to developing well-rounded agricultural professionals, educators, communicators and leaders through academic, research and extension and outreach efforts. Learn more at aged.okstate.edu.

 

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