School of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry celebrates students’ excellence

Jun 21, 2023 | Applied and Natural Sciences, Students

Louisiana Tech’s School of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry awarded approximately $30,000 in scholarships to high-achieving students at its recent annual Agriculture Scholarship Banquet.

“These students have worked incredibly hard to position themselves to continue their successful career paths in agriculture,” said School Director Dr. Christopher Keyes, the evening’s emcee. “They’ve demonstrated the tenets of our University, including excellence, commitment, knowledge, and leadership, and deserve to be celebrated.”

More than 200 attended, including faculty, staff, alumni donors, and the shining stars of the event, Tech’s agriculture students, joined by their families and supporters.


Students selected as the 2023-24 Agriculture Student Ambassadors:

Gabrielle Bird, Caitlin Lawrence, Jessica Grubbs, Kylie Maldonado, Jacob Thibodeaux, Josie Camp, Malory Segura, Riley Patterson


Featured students representing the school’s major degree programs:

Agricultural Business – Grant Davis (Plant Science), Kenneth Banks (Business)

Animal Science – Shyloh Burns (Equine Science), Sierra Stonic (Livestock Production), Truett Bankston (Pre-Veterinary)

Agricultural Education – Kerington Bass


Students receiving awards included the following:

Riser and Melton Tech Farm Scholarship – George Stalling

David Lee Hays Scholarship – Kendall Wilder

Dr. Glenn E. Clark Scholarship – Caitlin Lawrence

Track Kavanaugh Service Award – Theadora Dawson

Tommie & Susie Murphey Memorial Scholarship – Kylie Maldonado

Bulldog BBQ Rub Scholarship – Karen Lewis

E.C. “Conry” McCann Scholarship – Rachel Carrigan

Joel W. Petrus Scholarship – Karen Lewis

Landon Hays Memorial Scholarship – Andrea Wheat, Erica Thomas, Gabrielle Bird

Todd McAfee Memorial Scholarship – Victoria Lawrence, George Stalling

T.W. Ray Johnson Scholarship – Hannah Lanclos, Josie Camp

John S. Green Endowed Dairy Scholarship – Rebecca Roberts

Mid-South Goat Masters Scholarship – Makaylah Warren

Hal B. Barker Scholarship – Kaylee Craddock

Fred & Daphne Jewell Scholarship – Josie Camp

John A. Wright Scholarship – Baileigh Snow

Ruston Garden Club Scholarship – Arabella Bailey

James Furman & Lavara B. Love Scholarship – Arabella Bailey

Dr. Jeff Hillard Memorial Scholarship – Arabella Bailey, Baileigh Snow

Louisiana Nursery & Landscape Association Scholarship- Baileigh Snow

Louisiana Poultry Federation Scholarship – Alyssa Woodard

Forbes Leadership Award – Mary Martinez

Debra Martin Memorial Scholarship – Alana Lovette, Brooke Legendre, Julia Borne

William Green Endowed Scholarship – Jacob Thibodeaux, Jordan Porter


Students awarded a stethoscope for being admitted to veterinary school. Students were awarded stethoscopes by mentoring veterinarians symbolizing the launch of their career paths as future veterinary colleagues:

Abby Shanks

Abigail Wheat

Alyssa Woodard

Amira Thomas

Chris Fuselier

Clayton Guyotte

Courtney Wingate

Ella Thomas

Gabrielle Harris

Garrett Rhinehart

Hanna Johnson

Jordan Brothers

Kathlyn Redman

Kyla Jones

Mackenzie Stanford

Makenzi Williamson

Spencer Stelly

Tara Lamb

Taylor (TC) Dickson

Truett Bankston

ZaKyranee Jordan


Students recognized for active participation in the Gamma Chapter of Alpha Zeta (Honor society of highest distinction for service, leadership, and scholarship for agriculture and natural resources). This group was recognized with a National Award for winning the 2023 Chapter Achievement Award for Alumni Relations. The award is presented in recognition of the Chapter’s alumni outreach activities as part of its hosting of the South Campus Homecoming Games at Tech’s homecoming in October of 2022.

Abby Shanks

Abigail Wheat

Allison Clark

Alyssa Woodard

Arabella Bailey

Caitlin Lawrence

Christan Robicheaux

Clayton Guyotte

Corinne McFerren

Ella Thomas

Emonie Rousell

Gabrielle Harris

Jordan Brothers

Katie Redman

Kelsey Spencer

Kendall LaVigne

Kerington Bass

Kyla Jones

Kyleigh Bass

Kylie Maldonado

Makenzi Williamson

Morgan Graham

Nick Vaccaro

Rachel Carrigan

Tara Lamb

Victoria Townson

Zakyranee Jordan