Sarah Landry named outstanding student

Rayne native Sarah Landry was honored during the 2011 Spring Awards and Honors Reception for the Louisiana State University College of Agriculture as she was named the “Outstanding Senior Female.” in the College of Agriculture as a nutritional science major.

Throughout Sarah’s four years in the College of Agriculture, she has proven herself as a natural leader with a strong passion for service. Sarah began her role as a leader in her freshman year where she served as chairman of freshman communication through the Freshman Leadership Council for student government.

Her leadership continued to grow as Sarah became president of the Agricultural College Council. Through this council, Sarah coordinated many campus-wide events, including both the 2009 and 2010 Ag Weeks. In addition, she is the present chair of the student leaders in the College of Ag, Les Voyageurs. She had the opportunity to build and share her leadership skills while representing the LSU Les Voyageurs at the National Agriculture Ambassadors Conference two years in a row. Sarah also selected to sit on the 2010 Les Voyageurs Selection Committee because of her outstanding performance.

Sarah has been remarkably involved, both on and off campus while achieving many academic honors. She is an active member in the Student Dietetic Association and attended the American Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. Sarah also devotes numerous volunteer hours at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, where she is a member of the leadership team serving as the vice president of community service and team member of the international student ministry.

Sarah has coordinated and participated in many service events including tutoring local underprivileged children, Buckets of Hope - a project benefiting Haitian families affected by the earthquake, and Operation Christmas Child - a project helping needy children across the world.

Sarah has been selected to several prestigious academic honor societies including Omicron Delta Kappa, Motar Board, and Phi Kappa Theta National Honor Society. In addition to these impressive honors, she has received numerous academic scholarships and has been selected for the USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program.

Along with her long list of leadership responsibilities and hours of service and involvement, Sarah has found time to broaden her experiences as a dietetic student even further. She volunteered as a student intern for the University of Rhode Island Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, where she wrote several nutrition articles and created many games and lessons in order to educate children on healthy eating habits. After completing her dietetic internship, Sarah plans to pursue a master’s degree and a career in public healthy and community nutrition with a focus on hunger advocacy and nutrition education.

Sarah stated, “My academic life within the College of Agriculture has most certainly been enhanced through its high standards of academic success and knowledge...I have had the opportunity to learn many new things through academic pursuits as well as involvement to campus and community, and these activities have instilled in me the necessity of seeking knowledge and learning, even beyond graduation.”

Sarah has clearly displayed an imcomparable skill for leadership, academic achievement, and devotion to service during her time in the College of Agriculture. The faculty who nominated her for this award stated that Sarah is an impressive young woman who has accomplished many things as a student at LSU. With her dedication to a life of continued learning, it is without question she will accomplish even more in her future as a registered dietitian.

The daughter of Alice and Dan Landry of Rayne, Sarah is a 2007 graduate of Notre Dame High School of Acadia Parish and completed her LSU undergraduate studies with the May 20th graduation in Baton Rouge.

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