Rebekah Meller, PHS ‘09, was recently named a national finalist in the Agriscience Student Scholarship and Recognition Program by the National FFA organization.
Meller, a member of the Pettisville FFA chapter and the daughter of Gene, Jr. and Donna, will receive a $1,000 scholarship and compete for national honors at the 83rd National FFA Convention, Oct. 20-23, in Indianapolis, Ind.
Eligible FFA members are selected on the basis of research projects involving agriscience skills, using applications and new technologies learned in their high school agriculture classes.
Students apply these lessons to their Supervised Agricultural Experience programs.
They also are evaluated on their academic achievement, as well as their involvement in school and community activities.
Meller is one of eight national finalists that will present their agriscience project design, development and results to a panel of judges as part of the national finals.
Meller has conducted research for the past five years. She started her ag science research her freshman year. Her project was “The Effect of Allium sativum
and Antibiotics on Bacteria.”
During her sophomore year she expanded on that study.
The next three years she also studied the growth of Escherichia
the natural microbiota found in ground beef, and the survival of probiotics.
Because of these studies her Agriscience Student of the Year report is titled “A Comparative Three Year Evaluation of Different Types and Preparation Methods of Allium sativum
on Bacteria and the Natural Microbiota of Ground Beef & The Influence of Food Matrix on the Survival of Probiotics after Treatment with Gastric Juice.”
While in high school, Meller served as an FFA offi- cer, committee chairman and was active in many Career Development Events. She attended many state and national conventions.
Meller attended the National FFA Proficiency Agricultural tour in Costa Rica in the summer of 2009 by placing in the top four on the national level in the area of Food Science and Technology.
She earned a state FFA degree and placed first in the state in the areas of Food Science and Technology and Agriscience Student of the Year.
Meller also represented Pettisville and northwestern Ohio at the International Science and Engineering Fair for three years.
She is a five-year presenter at the Ohio Academy of Science State Science Day and a 2009 Best of Show poster presenter at the Ohio Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium.
She was active in National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Dudes and Duds 4-H Club and the Napoleon OIHA Equestrian Team.
She is a sophomore at The Ohio State University majoring in animal science and food science.–Taylor Kruse,
PHS FFA reporter