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796 Spicer Ave.

Lowden, IA 52255

Phone: (563) 212-7967 Email: tessarae@iastate.edu

Tessa Rae Callender

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY Ames, IA 50011 Major courses of study from AUG09-MAY12, AUG13-present; 112 credits Major: Agricultural & Life Sciences Education Minors: Horticulture/Journalism & Mass Communications/Animal Science GPA: 2.72/4.0 scale NORTH CEDAR COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL Stanwood, IA 52337 Major classes of study from 2005-2009; additional classes taken in principles of agriculture, horticulture, agronomy, animal science, landscaping, communications, newspaper publications, photography and desktop publishing GPA: 3.89/4.0 scale; top ten percent ACT score: 22 composite

College Involvements

CURRENT INVOLVEMENTS Student Admissions Representative (campus/residence hall tour guide; F10, S/F11,12) United States Navy Reserve (04APR13-Present): Navy Operational Support Center Rock Island, IL ISU SVA (Student Veterans of America): club secretary ISU Veterans Center: VA (Veterans Affairs) work study Nursing Home: regular volunteer

PAST INVOLVEMENTS United States Navy (21AUG12-03APR13): Intelligence Specialist ISUtv: news anchor for Newswatch (S/F11) College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Student Ambassador:
student organizations committee (F09-F11)

Agricultural Education Club: promotions committee (F09-F11)

(Helped with Colligate FFA & Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow when available)

Horticulture Club (F09-F11): promotions chair (S/F10) Residence Hall Recycling Chair (F09-S12) Alpha Phi Omega (National Co-Ed Service Fraternity) (S10-F11):
Pledge VP of Service, over 100 hours of service S10top service member

Inter-Residence Hall Association: Sustainability Coordinator (F10/S11) GreenHouse Group (F10/S11) Destination Iowa State: team leader (AUG10 & 11) Concert Band (S/F10, S11) Merit Badge University: teacher for the animal science/journalism Boy Scout badges (F10/F11) Freshmen Honors Program (F09-S10) Freshmen Honors Mentor Program: Walleye Research (S10) Freshmen Council: recruitment committee (F09-S10) Lyrica Womens Choir (F09) Dance Marathon Participant (JAN10) Agriculture Study Abroads: Italy (SU10), Costa Rica (S11), Ireland (SU11),
Honduras (S12), Brazil (SU12)

Honors and Awards

2008 Cedar County Fair Queen 2009 Coca-Cola Scholars Semifinalist 2009 National Council on Youth Leadership Nominee
Quad City Times 2009 Salute to Academics and Achievements Young Journalist Award

Presidents Education Award for Educational Excellence FFA State Academic Achievement Award Iowa Farmer Today Scholarship Iowa Soybean Association Scholarship


Bur Oak FarmsLowden, IA (SU05 Present): Livestock/Horticulture Consultant

Wide variety of managerial duties involving horticulture, poultry, swine, cattle, sheep, goats General labor Computer technician Health analyst/medic Breeding Scheduler Production Sales

Iowa State Daily (S10 F11): Reporter/Photographer

Interview people and learn about local event/topic/club (story idea) Organize and write accumulated information Creatively take pictures to entice audience to read the article

Iowa Agricultural Youth Institute (JAN-JUN11): Counselor

Attend all planning meetings, retreats, and the conference Prepare and provide resources/materials necessary for each meeting and the conference Work individually, with your counselor team, or with the program coordinator outside of regular planning meetings to complete tasks, develop conference workshops and coordinate events Develop, practice and lead a conference workshop on a team of three counselors Assist in recruiting delegates through the FFA convention, 4-H, high school, and other opportunities Lead, guide, facilitate, assist and oversee your small group and all delegates during the conference

Lindamans Concessions (F06 SU10): General Employee/Cashier

Customer Relations Following health requirements while handling food Janitorial duties

Iowa State Fair (AUG07 & 09): FFA Grandstand Usher

Ushered people to their seats during concerts Worked the gates and distributed fair schedule flyers Helped with various FFA shows & the Parade of Champions

Kuehl Detasseling (JUL07): General Employee

Got rid of un-removed tassels in fields Check over detasseled rows


Thomas Paulsen, Ph.D. Iowa State University Agricultural & Life Sciences Education Professor 217C Curtiss Hall Ames, IA 50011 Phone: (515) 294-0047 Email: tpaulsen@iastate.edu

Linda Lindaman Past Employer th 2400 175 Street Lowden, IA 52255 Phone: (563) 374-1855 Email: lindaman@fbcom.net

Patti Lehrman High School English Instructor and Advisor 102 E. North Street Stanwood, IA 52337 Phone: (563) 942-3341 Email: plehrman@north-cedar.k12.ia.us

High School Activities, Leadership, and Community Involvement (additional):

FFA (9, 10, 11, 12): Outstanding Service Award, Greenhand Degree, Chapter Degree, State Degree National FFA Organizations Washington Leadership Conference 2007 (10) Iowa FFA Leadership Conference (9, 10, 11, 12) State Leadership Conference for District Officers (11,12) District Leaders Conference (11): presented on Marketing the FFA to FFA members in the district District Greenhand Fire-Up (12): presented on the importance of communication skills and the

traveling opportunities in the FFA to new FFA members throughout the district FFA Chapter (North Cedar) Reporter 2005-2006 (9) Southeast District FFA Reporter 2008-2009 (11, 12) Iowa State Fair FFA Grandstand Usher 2007 (10) State FFA Choir 2007 (10) State FFA Band 2008 (11) National FFA Band 2008 (12) & 2009: Received a speaking intro for one of our concert pieces at National FFA Convention

2009 & 2011 State Officer Candidate National FFA Convention (9, 11, 12) FFA Contests: Creed Speaking (9-silver award at sub-district contest), Public Speaking (10-silver at subdistricts, 11-gold award at sub-districts, silver at districts), and

Job Interview (12-gold award at sub-districts)

Iowa State Fair Exhibitor (10, 11: poultry, photography, and horticulture shows): Was named the Reserve Champion FFA Horticulture Exhibitor in 2007 Iowa Agricultural Youth Institute Delegate 2007 - 2009 (10, 11, 12) National FFA Days of Service 2007 (11): helped build a greenhouse on the IN State Fairgrounds Judging Contests (10, 11): Horse Judging (2nd Place Individual & 2nd Place team in the Halter
class at the Kirkwood Comm. College Contest), Soil Judging, Livestock Judging

Service Activities: (144.5 of my 302.5 high school service hours come from FFA): Ag
in the Lot, Cattle Battle, Rake N Run (established this community service project in our chapter), Christmas Tree Pick Up, Relay for Life, Food for America, gleaning food at Washington Leadership Conference, building a greenhouse on the Indiana State Fairgrounds, making holiday cards for the nursing homes, sending letters to the troops, serving on the district officer nominating committee, putting on a district basketball tournament, car washes to raise money for the local animal shelter, bagging rabbit feed for the fairgrounds, providing teacher breakfasts, working the FFA Display at the Iowa State Fair, and ringing bells for the Salvation Army

Band (9, 10, 11, 12): Concert Band, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Marching Band (drum major: 11,
12), Pep Band, small and large group contests (three division I solo ratings) Choir (9, 10, 11, 12): Concert Choir, Mixed Jazz Choir and Ladies Jazz Choir, small and large group contests Newspaper Publications (9, 10, 11, 12): editor (11, 12) and writer for our schools newspaper The
Scroll; Iowa High School Press Associations (IHSPA) State Contest: received third place in the On -theSpot Opinion Writing Contest (12); Quill & Scroll Award (12)

National Honor Society (10, 11, 12)

Service Activities: raking leaves for the elderly, landscaping the school, working

concessions, teacher breakfasts, making cards for the teachers and janitors on appreciation days, sending cards to the nursing homes on holidays

Student Council (9, 10, 11, 12): Advisory Board 2008-2009 (12)
Service Activities: PTO Babysitting, Food and Clothing Drives, Blood

Drive, Soup Suppers, Benefits, Earth Day Activities, PTO Carnival, Senior Citizen Homecoming Dance

4-H (8 years): 4-H Chapter Secretary 2006-2007 (10)

Service Activities: working the 4-H food stand at county fair, putting on a 4-H petting zoo

during the Lincoln Highway Days, making holiday cards for the nursing homes

Large Group Speech Contests (9, 10, 11, 12): Ensemble Acting (9), Readers Theatre (9, 10), Musical Theatre (10, 11), Radio Broadcasting (11, 12) & Coral Reading (12): Four Division I ratings at state Individual Speech Contests (9, 10, 11, 12): Storytelling (9), Poetry (10), Original Oratory(11), & Literary Program (11): Three Division I ratings at state Math Club (9, 10, 11, 12): Secretary 2008-2009 (12), Math Modeling Competition (12) Service Activities: presenting at Family Math Night to teach younger students about math, painting barn quilts to give to community members Biz Club (11, 12): Vice President of Service 2008-2009 (12) Service Activities: help fix computers at the REACT Center, make fancy Christmas cards for the nursing homes ELP (Extended Learning Program; 9, 10, 11, 12): Do projects quarterly extending our education School plays & musicals (9, 10, 11, 12): various lead roles the past two years Mock Trial (9, 10) Football/football managing (9, 10, 11): I played my freshman year, but then tore my ACL and had to have surgery, so I just managed after that. Wrestling managing (9, 10, 11) Softball (9, 10, 11) Service Activities: going up to Parkersburg to help clean up after the tornado, teaching younger players at softball camp Fishing Club (12-new this year) Drama Club (12-new this year): Communications Officer 2008-2009 (12) Quiz Bowl (9) International Roundtable (10, 11, 12): student journalist Cedar County Fair Exhibitor (8 years): I have received various awards at the county fair for
showing poultry (Numerous champion birds, Champion Egg Production, Showmanship, ect.) as well as awards for my 4-H projects that Ive exhibited. Other Community Service Activities: Volunteering at the Veterans Affairs Hospital, and local community breakfasts, fish fries, and soup suppers, playing and singing at the churches, mentoring elementary students, and participating in the Relay for Life