Aggie of the Year leaves behind a legacy of commitment to agriculture

By Sarah Appel, CAHNRS Academic Programs

Three years ago, Macy Hagler watched her older sister Jenica receive the Aggie of the Year award at the 2016 CAHNRS Honors. She realized that this award truly encompassed what it meant to be a dedicated CAHNRS Coug.

Hagler and Wright pose with a plaque in formal clothing.
Macy Hagler receives the Aggie of the Year of the Year award from Dean André-Denis Wright at CAHNRS Honors.

“It encouraged me to strive for the best in my coursework and take advantage of outside opportunities, even if they demanded extra time,” Macy said.

While her college path began with a degree in Agricultural Biotechnology, a study abroad trip to Ecuador changed this trajectory. Macy switched to a degree in Agricultural and Food Security after seeing the possibility of solving problems in agriculture through the entire agricultural system.

This degree offered her not only the opportunity to be exposed to the many facets of agriculture, but would also fuel her dream: a world where people in agricultural professions used their differing ideas to “develop solutions and feed the world.”

“I am motivated by people and innovation,” Macy said. “I want to empower every person that is willing to work hard to have the resources they need to do their part in ensuring that every human has access to an adequate food supply.”

Macy has done as much as she can with her time at WSU to ensure this happens with her involvement with organizations such as CAHNRS Student Senate, CAHNRS Ambassadors, CAHNRS Young Farmers and Ranchers, and the WSU Alpine Ski team. Her activities also include her participation in national organizations such as Agriculture Future of America (AFA). Through these activities, Macy has gained invaluable experience, professional skills, and irreplaceable memories that have made her the student and future professional that she is today.

Macy, with the help of her family and friends, was a leader on campus and in those organizations. She leaves behind a legacy through her hard work and commitment to bettering agriculture. She nexts moves on to work as a credit officer trainee for Northwest Farm Credit Services starting in July.

“This award means that I did what I came here to do,” Macy said. “Which is find a home and family that pushed me to become a better person and a better leader. I can’t imagine a more heartwarming feeling than that.”

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