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SIHOF Recipient Achieves Success

In 2016, Quincy High School senior Noah Winans was awarded a Science Innovation Hall of Fame Student Excellence Award and scholarship from the Air Zoo. Noah’s passion for science subsequently led him to Kansas State University, where he is currently majoring in Agronomy (Plant Sciences). Not knowing where his path would lead him, Noah spent the past four years at KSU identifying his passions and connecting them to the science that he loves.

Since his freshman year, Noah has worked at the Sorghum Genetics lab as a research assistant, learning among the best sorghum breeders at Kansas State (sorghum is a cereal grain similar to corn). He also currently serves as president of the Wheat State Agronomy Club and, as part of the KSU Collegiate Crop Judging team, has traveled across the United States to compete – with the team recently wrapping their 2019 season with the national title. In short, Noah has packed his four years at KSU with learning opportunities and experiences that he says he would have never dreamed possible had it not been for the strong support of organizations like the Air Zoo, which awarded him scholarships to follow his heart to KSU.

He continues to do research on the promising, drought-resistant sorghum plants as a sustainable nutritional powerhouse food source, recently attending the Student of Agronomy, Soils and Environmental Sciences Annual conference in Texas, where he presented his research. Noah was recognized as a Golden Opportunity Scholar for his academic achievements at this national event and was selected to attend congressional visit days in Washington D.C. this spring. As his time at Kansas State comes to a close, Noah has accepted a paid graduate assistant position at Texas A&M University where he will begin his graduate career in 2020 – an exciting next step in his journey to help with food security for the future.

Posted by Abby Sample at 10:42 AM
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