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School of Agriculture Student Graduating with Multiple Honors

December 16, 2022

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MACOMB, IL – During her time at Western Illinois University, senior agriculture major Kinsey Tiemann, of La Grange, MO, has amassed a long list of accomplishments, including capturing three of the University's top honors as she graduates.

When Tiemann crosses the Western Hall Commencement stage Saturday, she will do so as the School of Agriculture Departmental Scholar, a Centennial Honors Scholar and as the Commencement speaker. She will also receive highest academic distinction, summa cum laude.

At WIU, Tiemann was also a student member of the University's Board of Trustees, and was a student trustee, vice president and Centennial Honors College Senator for the Student Government Association (SGA). She also served on the WIU AgVocator Recruitment Team, was president and vice president of Women in Business, was a member of the WIU Agronomy Club and conducted two years of cover crop research at the WIU Agronomy Farm, the results of which were presented at two national Agronomy contests for undergraduate students.

Off campus, Tiemann is a member of the Missouri Cattlemen's Association, the LaGrange United Methodist Church and an ASA, CSSA, SSSA National Agronomy and Soil Conservation tri-society member.

After graduation, Tiemann will become a program coordinator for the Adams County University of Illinois Extension Office for the Ag-in-the-Classroom program. She also hopes to pursue a master's degree in crop science/regenerative agriculture and to expand a small business she started in high school, called Square Rooted, which markets farm-to-table meat and canned produce from her family's farm.

"WIU has shaped me with practical knowledge and leadership to apply in my future steps," said Tiemann. "I'm excited to pay it forward and aim to leave a positive influence in the agriculture industry. The past few years at WIU has motivated me to reach for success even after a defeat."

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