Nearly 300 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community residents attended the 35th Annual Ag-Arama on Saturday, January 30. Contests in agronomy, animal science, horticulture, and natural resources highlight Ag-Arama weekend. These contests serve as an opportunity for students in agriculture and natural resources degree programs to showcase their knowledge and skills and have a chance to interact with alumni and faculty members. Ag-Arama is planned and operated by a committee of students advised by faculty members.
Among the awards presented, four students are selected as royalty. A rigorous application process involving student achievement and interviews by a panel of judges helps determine who best reflects the goals and spirit of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department. A student vote is also factored into the selection process. 2010 Ag-Arama Royalty: Prince Leonard Will from Tule Lake, California; Princess Samantha Lahman from Parkers Prairie, Minnesota; Queen Virginia Carrlson from New York Mills, Minnesota; and King Thomas Haarstick from Vergas, Minnesota. Desiree Severance, a senior majoring in animal science and agricultural education, earned the True Grit Award, presented annually to a student who best demonstrates active participation in student activities and encouragement of others to participate.