I am a sophomore here at K-State majoring in Agricultural Education. I originally come from a small town in Western Kansas called Plainville. I come from an agricultural background but decided to pursue it as a career after I got involved in FFA in high school. My favorite hobbies include collecting owls and going kayaking. My goals for the future include graduating from K-State and then becoming an Agricultural Teacher somewhere in Kansas and being able to share my passion for agriculture with students. Eventually I would like to get my Masters in Social Work and then use my two degrees together. I would like to own and operate my own Equine Therapy Program during nights and weekends while still being able to teach during the week.
My name is Ashley Ellenz and I am a sophomore in Criminology/Pre-Law with a focus in Ag-Law. I’m from Beloit, Kansas and graduated from Beloit High School. My parents are Craig Ellenz and Michelle Grove and I have one sister. In my free time I love to go swing dancing, knit, and be around kids.
My name is Megan Schuster and I’m an Agribusiness major from the tiny town of Richmond, Kansas. I grew up on a small farming and cattle operation with my younger brother and parents. I was involved in 4-H from a young age and enjoyed showing cattle, sheep, pigs and goats. In my spare time I love to sew, ride my paint horse named Cherokee and travel with my family’s tractor pulling team.
Hey y’all I am Tarra Rotstein. Nope I did not grow up on a farm but, I am from the south, Ocala Florida to be specific. My love for agriculture has stemmed from my love of horses. I grew up riding and showing horses since the 3rd grade, I had fallen in love there was no turning back. I not only have a passion for horses but also, a passion for all animals but more simply put, everything outside. All of these factors contributed to my choice for majoring in Food Science and Industry along with minoring in Leadership Studies. Sigma Alpha is a great opportunity to have that community feeling of sisterhood tied in with a shared love of agriculture.
Little York, Illinois
Hi, my name is Cassie Campbell and I am a sophomore transfer from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I reside in Little York, Illinois a small town of 400. I am majoring in Agriculture Education with a minor in Animal Science. Growing up on a grain and livestock farm, my passion for agriculture was inevitable! When it came time to decide how I wanted to impact the agriculture industry; the classroom was an easy choice. I was very involved in 4-H and FFA back in Illinois and I want to help the next generation of agriculturalists have the same experiences that I was lucky enough to have.
Why did I decide to come to Kansas? My true passion lies within the Beef Industry and I felt like Kansas was the place to be to achieve those goals. Joining Sigma Alpha was a very easy decision for me! I was so lucky to have found friends who share the same passion that I do! I am excited to see where my journey at Kansas State University will take me!
Hello, my name is Carlee Overturf. I am a transfer sophomore from Fort Hays State University, majoring in Agribusiness. Upon graduation my goal is to get a job as an Ag Lender. I am from Johnson, Kansas, which is a small town in the far southwest corner Kansas. I grew up on a small farm just outside of town, growing up we had just about every animal at some point in time. I am from a family of five, which includes my parents, an older brother and a younger sister. Although our school did not offer FFA, I was involved in 4-H, which is one of the reasons why I have such a passion for agriculture. While in 4-H I showed cattle, goats, pigs, and sheep. I am so excited to be at K-State and cannot wait for what is yet to come!
Hi, I’m Topanga McBride (my name really is from Boy Meets World). I am from Severance, Colorado and am studying agricultural communications and journalism. I grew up showing Milking Shorthorns in 4-H for eleven years and still try to find time to make it back home to work with my herd. I have a passion for educating others about agriculture and my high school experience opened my eyes to the need for advocates in our industry. After graduation, I see myself working in public relations for an agricultural business/organization or working in public policy.
My name is Nicole Kruse, currently a junior at Kansas State University studying Agricultural Technology Management. My hometown is Oskaloosa, Kansas, where I was born and raised. I attended Barton Community College for the past two years where I was a member of the track and field program, throwing hammer and discus. I was named an NJCAA Exemplary Academic Achievement Award this past summer and qualified for outdoor nationals in the hammer throw. I enjoy weight lifting, exercising, and being outdoors. I choose Kansas State University, because of the amazing agricultural opportunities that KSU had to offer.
As an ATM student, I like the broad spectrum what this degree has to offer. I want to help farmers with broken down equipment. My passion for agriculture and machinery came from helping my grandpa on the small cattle farm in Oskaloosa. My grandpa has older equipment (original International Harvester) and I just started falling in love with the equipment. My biggest goal in life is to learn and help farmers with their equipment, whether it’s in sales, production testing, or customer service my love for agriculture ruins deep.