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Released by Panhandle State Campus Communications on 08/30/2017 MaKenze Twyman, a senior Agbusiness and Animal Science major, got the chance this past summer to share about her time at Panhandle State with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. —Courtesy photosMaKenze Twyman, a senior Agbusiness and Animal Science major, got the chance this past summer to share about her time at Panhandle State with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. —Courtesy photos

Goodwell, Okla. — For Oklahoma Panhandle State University senior MaKenze Twyman, the opportunities she has received during her college career have set her on the path to reach the goals she has for the future. One of these special opportunities came this past summer when Twyman got the chance to share with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education the impact not only that Panhandle State has had on her life but on the entire region she where she was raised.

University President Dr. Tim Faltyn introduced Twyman to the group commenting, “There is a beauty, spirit, and grit about this area that you cannot describe unless you are out here. MaKenze Twyman personifies this. MaKenze represents the future, not just the Panhandle. I believe in her.”

A Boise City, Okla. native, Twyman explained to the group just how special the area is to her speaking about her great-grandparents on both sides of her family as Dust Bowl settlers in the Panhandle.

Twyman began, “I was born and raised in Boise City and graduated from high school there in 2013. I am overwhelmed with memories, knowledge, and a grateful heart from my time here at Panhandle State.”

Panhandle State is home to her.

A double major in Agribusiness and Animal Science, Twyman didn’t waste any time getting involved on campus as a freshman and she hasn’t looked back since. She attributes much of this involvement to the great impact Panhandle State has had on her life.

“OPSU is not only teaching in the classroom, they are teaching in the communities. Through our scholarship program and our affordable tuition, I will graduate in December debt free, what a blessing.”

She has been an inspiration on campus and was the 2016 Fall Homecoming Queen. In addition, she is involved in Alpha Zeta, Collegiate FFA, Women in Ag, and the Methodist Student Center. She was employed as a student worker on the college farm in addition to working at Anchor D Bank.

Twyman quoted Benjamin Franklin. “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” With plans to graduate this December, she said I am receiving an education and my career and lifestyle is to follow.”

As for the future, Twyman is getting married this next summer and she her fiancé have plans to stay in Goodwell. Together, they plan to remain active in the future of Panhandle State.

“I believe in the future of education and Panhandle State is invaluable to our region. Dr. Faltyn has made many changes in this last year. We have completely changed pace for the better.”

Twyman is the daughter of Tom and Deb Twyman of Boise City.


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