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Undergraduate Student

Helen Tripp

Junior, Wildlife Science


I was raised in the rural town of King George, Va. I have long had an interest in animals and the outdoors, and loved being outside on my family’s 10 acres. We had a pond in a wooded area where I would watch beavers in the evening, go hiking, and look for signs of wildlife with my sisters. My sisters and I also used to participate in a junior ranger program at the local state park where I had some of my first encounters with wildlife, including watching a bald eagle being released. It was these early experiences with wildlife that led me to choose wildlife science as a major.

4-H has also been a big part of my life. While enrolled in a 4-H dog club, I greatly enjoyed working with my dog and helping new club members with theirs, especially in agility competitions. Participation in 4-H also involved many community service activities, such as taking our dogs to the local nursing home to visit the residents. We also filled bird feeders at the nursing home on weekend mornings, where we often got to watch the birds that visited. My experiences in 4-H certainly helped foster my love of animals.

I still enjoy outdoor activities, such as hiking the Cascades or bird watching at Pandapas Pond. I am still unsure of my ultimate career goal, but I have enjoyed my experiences in wildlife science and look forward to all of the opportunities it offers.

Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s List, fall 2009, spring 2010, fall 2010
  • Germanna Community College President’s List, fall 2008, spring 2009, summer 2009
  • College of Natural Resources and Environment Outstanding Sophomore Scholar Award, 2011
  • William O. Scholarship Recipient, 2009
  • James F. Powell Scholarship Recipient, summer 2010
  • Chesapeake Foundation Scholarship Recipient, spring 2011
  • National Society of High School Scholars
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

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