Hannah Barber has topped off her collegiate journey with being named  the 2020 American Society of Horticultural Science Outstanding Undergraduate Horticulture Student at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO).  


Hannah Barber

Barber will graduate with honors in May with a degree in Agri-business/Horticulture just three years after leaving Elsberry High School.  With her degree Barber is looking at becoming a greenhouse manager or a floral designer.

The award recognizes exceptional undergraduate students  across the country enrolled in horticulture or in a plant science/crop science department with an emphasis or major in horticulture. Barber was  nominated by her professor and advisor, Dr.  Sven Svenson from Southeast’s Department of Agriculture.,  and selected by ASHS on the basis of their academic achievements, leadership abilities, participation in campus/club activities and service to their departments.  

While attending SEMO Barber  has been involved in Horticulture Club, as well as Residence Life.  Through the Agriculture Department she helped host  numerous events at the  Charles Nemanick Alternative Agriculture Garden and David Barton Agriculture Research Center.  She also  served as a Resident Assistant for the LaFerla Agriculture and Environmental Science Learning Community at SEMO,  mentoring  30+ Agriculture/Environmental students.  Barber organized activities that included organizing and hosting monthly programs, created educational bulletin boards on a monthly basis, and coordinated the annual community trip and community service activities.   While at EHS Barber was involved in various clubs and organizations, including being FFA President her senior year.

When asked what Barber wanted to share with other high school seniors, she said,   “I would like to add that I highly recommend that high school students look into Southeast Missouri State University. Southeast is an affordable college that gives a lot of scholarships, and has many majors to choose from.  It is a great size school with many clubs/student organizations to help you get involved.”