15 Incoming UT Students Named Haslam Leadership Scholars

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Two Herbert College of Agriculture Students Among Those Receiving this Honor

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – This fall, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will welcome 15 first-year students as its newest class of Haslam Leadership Scholars. Among the 15 scholars are two students that are enrolled in the Herbert College of Agriculture. An additional student has vast experience participating in 4-H.

Noah Anderson of Memphis intends to major in food science. His passion for the subject stems from his love for cooking and gardening and his interest in innovative science. He founded and was co-captain of his high school’s first chess team, which competed in state and national tournaments. Anderson was an officer of his school’s Technology Student Association chapter and a media representative for the Student Government Association. He has also participated in cross-country and served as a student ambassador. Outside of school, Anderson participates in Bridges USA’s Bridge Builder Youth Leadership Program, volunteers as a chess coach and works with a nonprofit organization focused on promoting urban gardening. He has been recognized by the College Board with the National African American Recognition Award. In his free time, he enjoys reading, music, and caring for his chickens, turkeys and dogs.

Callie Hudson of Versailles, Kentucky, plans to major in agricultural business and pursue a career as an agricultural business consultant, with interests in entrepreneurship and international agriculture. Hudson served as class president at her high school and was an officer in Future Farmers of America; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She volunteers in her community through the National Honor Society and Beta Club. Hudson started her entrepreneurial journey early, opening her own design business. She is passionate about her faith, friends and family, agriculture, and business. While attending UT, she hopes to explore all of the new opportunities awaiting her and meet new students on campus.

Cade Simmons of Spencer, Tennessee, plans to major in public policy and use his education for a career in grassroots policy or lobbying work. He has served in national and statewide leadership roles, focusing his efforts on 4-H. He is currently serving as the 4-H state president for Tennessee and is one of eight members of the National 4-H Congress Design Team. Simmons is a state winner for leadership in Tennessee 4-H and has received Vol State distinction. He enjoys spending his time volunteering and has worked with community organizations including Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Students Against Destructive Decisions. Simmons has served as president of his high school’s Future Farmers of America chapter and as student council vice president, working toward making positive community impacts. He enjoys hiking and playing tennis in his free time.

View the full list of the incoming Haslam Leadership Scholars here.

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is comprised of the Herbert College of Agriculture, UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, and UT Extension. Through its land-grant mission of teaching, research and outreach, the Institute touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. to Tennesseans and beyond. utia.tennessee.edu.


Maggie Palmer

UT Knoxville Department of News and Information