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Student Stories | OAC Well Represented at CYSA Competition

On Saturday, November 10th, speakers from all over Canada came together at the RAWF to compete in the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture (CYSA) competition, including many students from the OAC. The speaking competition, in its 31st year, encourages youth from age 11-24 to speak up and speak out for agriculture.

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Meet Caleb, CHAT Student

Caleb Niemeyer has always been interested in agriculture. Coming to Guelph to pursue a degree in agricultural sciences was the obvious choice for Caleb, who has continued to develop his passion for agriculture and his scientific skills. Caleb is now entering his third year of the program, majoring in Crop, Horticulture and Turgrass Sciences (CHAT).

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Meet Laura, FARE Student

Laura Stortz is a passionate individual with a wide variety of interests. Coming to Guelph and the OAC has presented Laura with many opportunities to pursue her interests and become involved with causes she is passionate about. 

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Meet MacKenzie, Animal Biology Student

MacKenzie Bourgoin was always passionate about animals. Now in his third year of the Bachelor of Science - Animal Biology program, MacKenzie has immersed himself in his program, and can often be found in the Summerlee Science Complex chatting with another Animal Biology major who share his same passion for animals. After graduation, MacKenzie hopes to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. 

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Meet Lucy, FAB Student

As a passionate equestrian, coming to the University of Guelph was the obvious choice for Lucy. Now in the third year of her Food and Agricultural Business (FAB) degree, Lucy maintains her involvement in the equine industry through clubs offered by the University.

Joshua Dreise stands outside in front of a field.

Meet Joshua, Honours Agriculture Student

Joshua Dreise is very involved in the OAC. Class President for the upcoming year of the 2017 Stags and Co-President of the Poultry Club, Josh is recognized by many OAC students as a friendly and familiar face on campus. We recently caught up with Josh, who shared his experience as an OAC student.

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Meet Anita, FARE Student

Anita Rastapkevicius didn’t start her education in an OAC program, but since switching in her first year there has been no turning back for the third year Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics student. Anita is an enthusiastic student who is involved in many activities on campus.

For the Love of Plants and Pools

Twenty-four years ago, Tara Israel, who now works in the Department of Plant Agriculture, competed in the 1991 Pan Am Games in Havana, Cuba. Representing Canada, the competitive swimmer competed in Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay, Women’s 400m Freestyle and Women’s 800m Freestyle. She brought home one silver and two bronze medals, contributing to Canada’s 127 medals won at the 1991 Games.

Learning the Art of Adaptability

Seven years after receiving her undergraduate degree, Ashley Honsberger decided it was time to return to school. Her career focus on farm business management was missing the international development link she longed for. To reset her career path, she pursued a Master’s of Science in Capacity Development and Extension (CDE) at the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development.

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Meet Chris, Crop Science Student

Growing up on a broiler breeder farm, Christopher Olbach came to OAC to expand his knowledge of agriculture. Focusing on crop science, Chris hopes to get into the field (literally) as a crop agronomist. He is an active member of the OAC community as the president of his class and enjoys the relationships he is building at the University.

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