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April 12, 2016

Agricultural economics department honoring four students

Submitted by Jamie Morrissey

The agricultural economics department at Kansas State University will honor four of its seniors, who will be recognized at the upcoming 2016 College of Agriculture Awards Assembly.

The students, nominated by department faculty, have received national awards, officer positions or other honors that are above and beyond that of the typical student leader. This year's Department of Agricultural Economics Outstanding Senior Award winners are Emily Harris, senior in agribusiness, Abilene; Kurt Lockwood, senior in agricultural economics and pre-law, Caney; and Garrett Kays, senior in agricultural economics, Weir.

Lucas Sudbeck, senior in agricultural economics, Seneca, is receiving the Western Agricultural Economics Association Outstanding Senior Award.

Harris has been involved in FFA, 4-H, the University Honors Program, College of Agriculture Ambassadors, Wildcats Forever, Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society, Agricultural Economics Club, Block and Bridle, National Agri-Marketing Association, Kansas Sheep Association and the Farm Bureau Ambassadors. In summer 2014 and 2015, Harris interned with Cargill Animal Nutrition in Pennsylvania and Washington as its associate management intern. Following graduation, Harris will be an associate management trainee with Cargill Animal Nutrition in Amarillo, Texas.

Lockwood, has been involved with the Student Governing Association, Blue Key Senior Honorary, Kansas FFA, College of Agriculture Ambassadors, Agricultural Education Club, Pre-Law Ambassadors, Livestock Judging, Meat Animal Judging and College of Agriculture Student Council. Lockwood was the marketing and event intern at the Kansas Department of Agriculture and was swine commercial operations intern with Ceva Animal Health. Lockwood plans to attend law school in the fall.

Kays has been involved in the Student Governing Association, Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, K-State Student Foundation, College of Agriculture Ambassadors and Blue Key Honor Society. Among his many honors and awards, Kays is representing Kansas State University as a Harry S. Truman Scholarship nominee. He was one of two national recipients of the Alpha Gamma Rho National Undergraduate Achievement Award and was selected as a national Farm Foundation Roundtable Undergraduate Cultivator. Kays has interned with U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Land O'Lakes and Kansas State University. After graduating in May, Kays plans to move to Washington, D.C., to work as an agriculture legislative correspondent for Sen. Moran, helping advance the senator's priorities in agriculture, energy, the environment and trade.

Sudbeck was selected by the agricultural economics faculty to receive the Western Agricultural Economics Association Outstanding Senior Award. The honor recognizes outstanding undergraduate seniors who have achieved academic excellence at their institution. One student is selected by each of the 19 participating states in the association.

Active in the Agricultural Economics Club, College of Agriculture Student Council, University Honors Program and the Center for Risk Management Education and Research, Sudbeck has received many academic honors. He has been a teaching assistant for agricultural economics faculty members Christine Wilson and Brian Briggeman, and a research assistant for Vincent Amanor-Boadu, also with the agricultural economics faculty. Following his graduation in May, Sudbeck plans to pursue a master's in agricultural economics at Kansas State University.

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