Deters, Kopp receive outstanding senior awards
The Agricultural Economics Department at Kansas State University has selected MiKayla Deters and Danell Kopp to receive the Department’s 2021 Outstanding Senior Awards. The award recognizes seniors in the Agricultural Economics Department for their significant contributions during their time at K-State.
“It is always a pleasure to recognize the outstanding seniors in our department. It is exciting to be reminded about the exceptional things our students are doing academically as well as serving their peers and communities,” Dr. Elizabeth Yeager, Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics and Director of Undergraduate Programs, said. “This group of students has been challenged as they faced virtual learning, changes in internships and disruptions to their final three semesters at K-State. Despite that, they have thrived. We appreciate their resiliency, all of their contributions and wish them the best as they become alumni of the Department of Agricultural Economics.”
Deters is completing her Bachelor of Science degree in agribusiness with the international option and a secondary major in Global Food Systems Leadership. Deters has been involved with many activities on campus. She was a member of Blue Key Senior Honorary as the Director of Nationals and Scholarship, as well as being involved with Sigma Alpha Ag Sorority and National Agri-Marketing Association. She has completed internships with Cargill Animal Nutrition and John Deere.
After graduation, she will be working for Cargill’s Animal Nutrition Business in Olathe as a Management Associate. Her career interests lie in pricing, merchandising and strategic marketing. She plans to pursue a Masters of Agribusiness after several years in industry and eventually transition into running her own business and operating the family farm.
“I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to be recognized by the agricultural economics department as an outstanding senior. Looking back on my experience at K-State, I know that the department has been instrumental in my development and boasting the best faculty and staff on campus. It’s truly been an amazing four years!” Deters said.
Kopp is completing her Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture, majoring agricultural economics with a pre-veterinary specialty and a minor in Animal Science and Industry. Kopp is a member of the College of Agriculture Ambassadors, Alpha of Clovia and the Agricultural Economics/Agribusiness club.
Following graduation, she will be working with Drs. Ted Schroeder and Robert Larson to collect data for their cow-calf record keeping and data transfer app. In August, she will start her course work in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. Kopp’s goal after graduation is to return to a rural community in Kansas where she can practice veterinary medicine on production livestock animals.
“I truly appreciate being chosen for this distinguished honor. Majoring in Agricultural Economics with a Pre-Vet option was one of the best decisions I made during my undergraduate career,” Kopp said.