Twelve Sterling students graduated this semester, and were honored in a December commencement ceremony. We wish them the best as they go out into the world as problem solvers and environmental stewards, and we know that they will enrich their communities as they have enriched ours.
1) WILLIAM APPLEBY
William graduated with a major in Natural History. His senior project was comparative ecological study of the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast Kingdom.
2) ERIC TICEHURST DUBE
Eric graduated with a major in Sustainable Agriculture. His Senior Applied Research Project is titled, Craft Cider: Business viability measured by the triple bottom line and regulatory compliance
3) AMANDA KOSAKETH
Amanda graduated with a major in Outdoor Education and Leadership
Her senior project was focused on Ecopsychology and Ecotherapy. Amanda spent time researching her topic through reading books, articles, visiting nature programs in the area and leading nature activities with high school students from Buffalo Mountain School in Hardwick.
4) JONATHAN M. KREINDEL
Jonathan graduated with a major in Sustainable Agriculture
During his senior year, he has balanced a developing career in value added food product processing with coursework in Animal Science.
5) SHANNON MARISSA MAES
Shannon graduated with a major in Conservation Ecology. Her Senior Applied Research Project is titled, Bumble Bee Biogeography of Craftsbury, Vermont and the surrounding area
6) NATASHA INAZ PHIEFFER
Natasha graduated with a major in Sustainable Agriculture
Her Senior Project explored the Viability of Growing and Selling Fresh Cut Organic Flowers in Northern Vermont.
7) IRA ASHER POWSNER
Ira graduated with a major in Conservation Ecology
His Senior Applied Research Project is titled, Activism and Organizing – Where Energy and the Environment Meet Environmental Justice
8) MAEGAN REICHLE
Maegan graduated with a major in Sustainable Vegetable and Fruit Crop Production
Her Senior Project is titled, Bread and Roses –Edible landscaping using production oriented and aesthetic principles. Maegan chose to focus on promoting consciousness through experience and weave together the ideational threads from her many courses into her own unique tapestry.
9) TREVOR RING (Was not be in attendance)
Trevor graduated with a major in Cross-Cultural Food Studies Trevor could not join us today, but he sends his best wishes to all from India. His senior year has combined the study of Culinary Arts, Food Systems, Agriculture and Global Studies.
10) COLIN JOSEPH TALIAFERRO
Colin graduated with a major in Livestock Production and Management
His Senior Project is a study in livestock marketing, accessing funding through grant writing and the development of a breeding and genetics plan for a cattle operation.
11) RYAN TALIAFERRO
Ryan graduated with a major in Sustainable Livestock Production
His Senior Project explores issues related to irrigating the American West and water conservation systems
12) PAIGE WIERIKKO
Paige graduated with a major in Community-Based Nonprofit Management
Paige has been a program Intern at The Center for an Agriculture Economy, and her senior project was to assist with the Renaissance of the Hardwick Community Gardens