PULLMAN, Wash. — Outstanding students in the College of Agriculture and Home Economics at Washington State University were honored Saturday (April 17) at the 40th annual college awards banquet.
Erika N. Howell, a December graduate, was honored as 1999 Aggie of the Year. The award honors the overall top senior in an agriculture major.
The honor was only the latest for Howell, who maintained a perfect 4.00 grade point average while majoring in agricultural economics. In February she was named an honorable mention on the 1999 USA TODAY All-USA College Academic team.
Howell was active in a number of organizations at WSU, serving as president of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics Student Ambassadors, communications coordinator for Mortar Board and historian of the Agribusiness/Agricultural Economics student club.
She was named outstanding junior majoring in agriculture a year ago and named college Freshman of the Year in 1997. The 1995 graduate of Prosser High is the daughter of Lynette and Bill Howell, 2340 Lee Rd., Prosser.
Naomi S. Adams, a senior majoring in interior design, was named 1999 Consumer Scientist of the Year. The award recognizes the overall top senior in the college majoring in home economics.
In addition, she was honored as top senior in her major and her academic achievements earned her a place on the dean’s honor roll.
Adams is currently president of the student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, an organization she has been active in since her freshman year. She is student representative on a search committee for the apparel, merchandising and interior design department as well as student representative at the AMID Advisory Board meetings.
As a member of Lambda Delta Sigma, a church sorority, she has participated in food drives and a variety of other community oriented programs.
Adams is the daughter of Michael and Susan Denny, 1212 Ridgecrest, Denton, Texas. She is a 1994 graduate of Denton High. She attended the University of Texas before coming to WSU.
Jamie Meenach, an animal sciences major, was honored as the Capital Press Outstanding Junior in agriculture.
She has been named to the Dean’s honor roll for academic achievements five semesters, served as secretary of the Block and Bridle Club, was 1997 National Beef Ambassador and participated in a national student exchange at Iowa State University this semester.
She is the daughter of Hal and Robyn Meenach, 12609 S. Valley Chapel Rd., Valleyford.
Amanda Morgan Perkins, a human nutrition major, was honored as the Capital Press Outstanding Junior in family and consumer sciences. She has been active in the Golden Key National Honor Society, the Student Nutrition Awareness club and the Agriculture and Home Economics Student Senate.
Perkins is the daughter of Kurt and Margot Gottschalk, 1617 Havencrest Dr., Reno, Nev.
Both students received $500 cash awards from the Capital Press newspaper of Salem, Ore.
Tyler Cox, a sophomore, received a plaque honoring him as the Alpha Zeta Arnold Knopf Outstanding Freshman. The award is made for achievements during the previous academic year. Among other things, the animal sciences major has been active in his department’s livestock judging team. He graduated from Desales High in Walla Walla in 1997. He is the son of Ken and Sheryl Cox, Route 4, Walla Walla.
At the same banquet, the names of 73 students were added to the Dean’s Honor Roll and scholarships worth $393,165 were awarded to 331 students.
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