Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications students receive Senior Merit Award

The Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences congratulates the outstanding students receiving 2021 Senior Merit Awards. Presented by the College for over 50 years, these awards recognize the best of the best graduating seniors.

Kate West

Kate West is a senior Agricultural Communications and Journalism major with an Agricultural Economics minor. Growing up on a cow-calf operation, she was constantly surrounded by farm life and livestock. During high school, FFA sparked her passion for agriculture advocacy and education. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at TAMU allowed her to continue to follow her passion and advocate for farmers and ranchers. Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue a master’s in business and work for a farm crediting institution.


Hannah Chambers

Hannah Chambers is a senior Agricultural Communications and Journalism major. She currently serves as a Director of Circulation for the AgriLeader, the official magazine for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Director of Auditorium operations for the MSC OPAS Student Committee, a leadership and service organization dedicated to bringing performing arts to Bryan-College Station. She is a director on the MSC OPAS Board of Directors and formerly served as a director at large on the Program Advisory Committee. Hannah wrote for the Battalion, the Texas A&M University official student newspaper, served as the copy editor for the AgriLeader, is a member of Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, the National Association of Farm Broadcasting, and a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholar. Additionally, she completed an undergraduate thesis through Texas A&M University’s LAUNCH Unit of Undergraduate Studies on Texas State Parks and the effect of COVID-19 on their communication. After graduation, Hannah will begin working on a master’s in Agricultural Extension education focusing on Agricultural Communications at the University of Arkansas.


Kaydee Free

Kaydee Free is a graduating senior from the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications. She has served the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Texas A&M University in numerous ways. She currently is president of COALS Council which she has been a member of since her freshman year while also serving as undergraduate representative in multiple college-wide committees. She also served as Managing Editor for the AgriLeader magazine and produced the latest issue. Kaydee has also made an impact at Texas A&M through her involvement with Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and the Ronald McDonald House Charities. She was named the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Phi Kappa Phi Gathright Outstanding Junior and was the college’s nomination for the Brown-Rudder award.

Norman “Craig” Halbrooks

Craig Halbrooks is a nontraditional student with a major in University Studies-Leadership while supporting his wife and two kids, a six year old and a three-year old. He works full time in Law Enforcement and will continue working in that career field post-graduation. In between work and school, he enjoys spending time with family, at the ballpark, and watching my toddler play baseball.

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