Penn State Poultry Science Club receives national recognition

Members of the Penn State Poultry Science Club had their hands full earlier this year -- full of awards. Penn Staters were big winners in the College Student Program at the recent International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta, Ga.

Hannah Atkins, senior majoring in animal sciences with a minor in poultry and avian science, received the Frank Perdue Student of the Year Award, which includes a $1,000 cash prize. Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms Inc. and son of the late Frank Perdue, presented the award to Atkins.

Atkins, a native of Lewistown, Pa., was thrilled by the honor.

"I was so excited I was shaking afterwards, I even think I cried," she wrote. "I’ve wanted to win the Student of the Year Award ever since I was a freshman at Penn State."

National awards won by the Penn State Poultry Science Club included the Best Scrapbook Award, a contest which Penn State has won for 11 consecutive years. Penn State was the runner-up to Texas A&M University for the Club of the Year Award. Penn State's Poultry Science Club has been named Club of the Year four times in the past eight years.

The International Poultry Exposition has been held annually in Atlanta, Ga., for more than 60 years. With nearly 900 exhibitors, the event is the world's largest display of poultry and egg processing technology, equipment, supplies and services.

Approximately 300 students from 25 universities attended the College Student Program, and many participated in interviews for internships and jobs with industry and allied firms.

Last Updated February 16, 2010