Maddie Allman of Chillicothe, Ohio, graduated magna cum laude with distinctions in May 2022 as the first in her family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in agricultural communication, education, and leadership with a specialization in community and extension education.
Allman, who describes herself as “a proud first-generation college student from Appalachian Ohio,” did her undergraduate thesis on the impact of COVID-19 and the federal COVID-19 relief packages on poverty in Vinton County, Ohio, her home county. She said she hoped pointing to needs in Vinton County would help provide resources to community leaders in the wider Appalachian region.
Also while at Ohio State, Allman developed and implemented new programming for Collegiate 4-H’s annual Carving New Ideas workshop and helped establish the Buckeyes First Student Organization, providing support to first-generation college students. She also served on the 2021 Homecoming Court.
“I hope to continue my research on Appalachian community development and hope to expand upon my current findings from my undergraduate research project,” Allman said. “I’m also hoping to travel to as many U.S. National Parks while I have the time, post-graduation, and continue pursuing big dreams and high-reaching goals.”
Writer: Mark Allen