Agricultural Leadership Education Students

Emily Ade
  • Emily Ade
  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Hometown: West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Emily grew up on a third-generation farm where she was actively involved in 4-H and FFA. She showed cattle and pigs in 4-H while also holding numerous leadership roles. Her passion for agriculture came from her time showing; having an...

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Travis Neilsen
  • Travis Neilsen
  • Graduation Year: 2017
  • Hometown: From Crystal Lake, Illinois
  • Travis chose Agricultural Leadership Education as his major for many reasons. Travis has always had a passion for food, and by majoring in an agriculture-based major, he hopes to be able to work for a food company after college. Travis says he...

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Jake Rahn
  • Jake Rahn
  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Saint Joseph, Illinois
  • Jake Rahn is a junior in Agriculture Leadership Education (ALE). Although he started his collegiate experience in a difference major, after taking AGED 260 he felt that leadership was a much better route for him to take.

    Jake has...

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Alex Magers
  • Alex Magers
  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Morris, Illinois
  • Alex Magers grew up in the northern Illinois town of Morris. While he does not have any experience working directly in agriculture, he has spent his entire life surrounded by corn and bean fields, so farming is a very familiar site for him. It...

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Josh Morgan
  • Josh Morgan
  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Colfax, Illinois
  • Josh grew up on a grain production farm in Central Illinois where he assisted in day-to-day farm operations and raised show pigs in the summer. In high school Josh was involved in FFA and his local 4-H club. While in FFA he received his State...

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Clare Wagner
Wyatt Dozier
  • Wyatt Dozier
  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Ivesdale, Illinois
  • Wyatt is excited to continue his family tradition of being a Fighting Illini, and enjoys the mixture of cutting-edge research and down-to-Earth experience that the College of ACES provides. The rich history and tradition of the University is...

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Reid Shipton
  • Reid Shipton
  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Delavan, Illinois
  • Career: Intern
  • Internship: AgReliant Genetics
  • Reid grew up on a small farm in central Illinois. He has always been interested in agriculture and knew that he wanted to pursue a degree in the field. In high school, he was involved with FFA and was the president of his chapter his senior...

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Dylan Knisley
  • Dylan Knisley
  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Monticello, Illinois
  • Admission to the University of Illinois College of ACES was a life goal for Dylan Knisley.  Growing up on his family farm in Monticello, Illinois, Dylan was able to receive hands-on experience with livestock and managing the farm land. “My...

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Lacy Pruitt
  • Lacy Pruitt
  • Graduation Year: 2017
  • Hometown: Sidney, Illinois
  • Career: Intern, Administrative Assisstant
  • Internship: United States Marshals Service, Premier Cooperative
  • Lacy Pruitt grew up in a small town just outside of Champaign-Urbana. Being surrounded by corn and bean fields had always made agriculture a part of her life. She chose Agricultural Leadership Education because of her love for teaching others...

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