News Release: ACEL names 2021 Distinguished Seniors

The Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) has named 14 students to the third class of ACEL Distinguished Seniors in 2021. These students were selected by the faculty and staff of the Department for their excellence both in and out of the classroom.

2021 ACEL Distinguished Seniors include:

Kolt Buchenroth, agricultural communication of Kenton
Sean Fitzsimmons, agriscience education of Wooster
Melanie Fuhrmann, community leadership of Wheelersburg
Solomon Garner, community leadership of Columbus
Courtney Heiser, agricultural communication of Attica
Allyson Irwin, community leadership of Jackson
Shea Leeper, agricultural communication of Marysville
Brenna Loxley, agriscience education of Arcanum
Allyson McCurdy, community leadership of Marion
Olivia Pflaumer, agriscience education of Chillicothe
Milan Pozderac, agriscience education of Fredericktown
Paige Schaffter, agriscience education, of Edon
Deja Reid, community leadership, of Columbus
Kayla Ritter, community leadership, of Brookville

“ACEL has outstanding students and we are excited to recognize these 14 seniors for their exceptional efforts in and outside of theclassrooms,” said Dr. Shannon Washburn, professor and chair of ACEL. “ We know they will succeed in their chosen career paths because of the dedication they have shown to their academics and community involvement.”

The ACEL Distinguished Seniors will be recognized at the Department’s virtual recognition program in April.

ACEL prepares communicators, educators and leaders in the food, agricultural, and environmental sciences to integrate research-based learning, practice and engagement, in ways that will advance positive changes that strengthen individuals, families and communities. For more information on the academic programs and research available in ACEL, or to donate to student scholarships, please visit

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