Bigler student named Penn State Ag Advocate


UNIVERSITY PARK — Jonathan Stephens of Bigler has been selected as an Ag Advocate for Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Jon is a senior majoring in plant sciences.

By representing the college at major events, including Penn State’s Ag Progress Days and the Pennsylvania State Farm Show, Ag Advocates support the college’s efforts to raise awareness of educational and career opportunities in the food, agricultural and natural resource sciences and to recruit highly qualified students.

They also help alumni and friends stay in touch with College of Agricultural Sciences programs and developments and help to orient new students to the college and university.

Jon is one of eight new and 18 returning Ag Advocates for the 2017-2018 academic year. Advocates are selected based on high academic achievement, involvement in extracurricular activities, interviews and faculty recommendations.

A 2014 graduate of Clearfield Area High School, Jon is a member of Agronomy Club and the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. Additionally, he is the president of Collegiate Farm Bureau, vice president of Block and Bridle, vice president of the Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology Undergraduate Club, treasurer of Horticulture Club, and secretary of Coaly Society.

He intends to graduate in May of 2018 and wants to pursue graduate school for plant breeding.

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