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Ten Outstanding Sophomores recognized by WALSAA

Outstanding Sophomores 2014.  Winners of the Outstanding Sophomore Award include, from left to right, WALSAA Scholarship Co-Chairman Robb Bender, CALS Dean Kathryn VandenBosch, Abigail Ball, Katherine Griswold, Maria Gruetzmacher, Bethany Dado, Amanda Belltrame, Daniel Fox, Luke Drachenberg, Jayne-Norah Ntambi, Erica Ballmer, Patrick Carney and WALSAA President & Scholarship Co-Chairman Bryan Ren
Outstanding Sophomores 2014. From left to right, WALSAA Scholarship Co-Chairman Robb Bender, CALS Dean Kathryn VandenBosch, Abigail Ball, Katherine Griswold, Maria Gruetzmacher, Bethany Dado, Amanda Beltrame, Daniel Fox, Luke Drachenberg, Jayne-Norah Ntambi, Erica Ballmer, Patrick Carney and WALSAA President & Scholarship Co-Chairman Bryan Renk.

The Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association recently continued its proud tradition of promoting student excellence at UW–Madison. After an unprecedented 86 submitted applications, the WALSAA scholarship committee narrowed down its search for the top 10 Outstanding Sophomores through a rigorous prescreening process that focused equally on academic achievement, campus involvement/leadership, community service, and relevant experience. From these 86 applicants, 24 were selected to interview in front of a panel of three WALSAA board members. Ten final awardees were selected based on interview performance.

“It’s truly amazing what these students can accomplish in less than two years at Madison,” said Robb Bender, cochairman of the scholarship committee. “Although difficult to choose just 10 students, these well-rounded individuals are the cream of the crop.”

Winners of the Outstanding Sophomore Award include: Abigail Ball, Waterford, animal science/dairy science; Erica Ballmer, Janesville, dairy science/life sciences communication; Amanda Beltrame, Brookfield, biochemistry; Patrick Carney, Madison, genetics; Bethany Dado, Amery, dairy science/genetics; Luke Drachenberg, Arena, agricultural business management/economics; Daniel Fox, Deerfield, Ill., biology; Katherine Griswold, Black Earth, life sciences communication; Maria Gruetzmacher, Stillwater, Minn., dietetics; and Jayne-Norah Ntambi, Fitchburg, nutritional sciences.

WALSAA (Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports the connection of CALS students, faculty and alumni.

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