Paige McAtee


The Ohio State University
Advisor: Dr. Lyda Garcia

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Why do you want to be on the AMSA Student Membership Board of Directors and what qualifications make you the best candidate for the position?

I want to be on the AMSA Student Membership Board of Directors to give back to an organization that has given me so much. AMSA has played an integral part of my learning experience in meat science at Ohio State. As a past member (2017) and current coach of the 2018 Meat Judging Team I am constantly appreciative of all that AMSA does to support myself, as well as my students I coach. During my time as a meat judging member, I was lucky enough to travel across the country to states such as Texas, South Dakota, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Kentucky all thanks to this organization. At contests in which AMSA host, I was able to learn how to determine carcass value within the industry based on species as well as soft skills such as critical thinking and self-confidence. In addition, I really appreciated that AMSA connected me with so many industry professionals to learn from. As a graduate student, I am responsible for many tasks such as being a teaching assistant and coaching the meat judging team. Being a graduate student has allowed me to learn to balance school work, extra curriculars, and my personal life, allowing me to be very organized. Graduate school has also taught me to be very open minded and accepting of change, which is a crucial trait to have as a member of a student board. I am very eager to learn, and I love sharing my passion of the meat industry. Having a background in administrative positions such as coaching or teaching classes has allowed me to be very comfortable communicating a message effectively to large groups of people, all with diverse backgrounds. Being a student director with these qualities will allow me to continue to share my passion on a broader spectrum and give back to an organization that has given me so much.

What does your AMSA membership mean to you?

Being a member of AMSA to me is an honor. As a member, you have the ability to be apart of an organization that has member from across the country, including, but not limited to universities and elite leaders in the meat and agriculture industries. It is not common to come by an organization like AMSA that houses so many opportunities for education, leadership, and collaboration with industry professionals such as programs like Meat Judging Contests, Student Leadership Conference, and the Reciprocal Meat Conference. Being able to be a part of such a widespread organization that gives back to so many students and industry professionals to aid in the education and improvement of the meat industry is truly humbling.

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