Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

Students Named President's Scholars

Published Date: Sep 29, 2020 1:00:00 PM

Two Huntley College of Agriculture students were named 2020-21 President’s Scholars by Cal Poly Pomona for their exceptional student achievement.

Kiannah Shalise Barclay and Amanda Penicks were honored during an online conferral ceremony officiated by Cal Poly Pomona President Soraya Coley and Provost Sylvia Alva held on Sept. 24.

An animal science major who is a member of the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center’s equestrian team and Foal Watch program, Barclay was named the inaugural Jasen Strand President’s Scholar.

In addition to her on-campus activities, Barclay serves at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills and volunteers with the Equine Bucket Rescue, a local horse rescue rehabilitation organization.

Her goal is to create an equine therapy ministry to serve veterans and wounded warriors.

As the inaugural Jasen Strand President’s Scholar, Kiannah’s dedication to helping others and advocating for equal student access is a fitting tribute to Jasen Strand, the son of Peter and Tina Strand who created this scholarship in 2010 in his memory and provided additional funding in 2020.

Jasen, a Cal Poly Pomona mechanical engineering student, was diagnosed with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy at 6 and passed away in 2010.

Penicks is an agricultural science major who has served as secretary for the Los Robles Horticulture Club and the Agriculture Council. She also has worked as a lab field intern at a medical entomology facility and a horticultural exterminator at Disneyland.

Her interests in agricultural science include teaching photography, entomology, and animal care in 4-H, which she has been involved with since childhood, and she hopes to become a vector ecologist.

Penicks was named the Albert Zoraster President’s Scholar. Christine Zoraster endowed this scholarship in the memory of her husband, Albert. It is awarded to the student who values hard work and is dedicated to the enrichment of their community.

The President’s Scholars Program honor students who not only succeed in the classroom, but are committed to make society better by volunteering and working in the community.