Queen and Ambassador's Corner

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Learn more about CIBA's Queen/Ambassador Program

Are you perhaps looking to read more about CIBA's Queen and Ambassador program, and consider applying for the role for our 2022 season?  Read more about this diverse opportunity offering the development of skills including presentation, public relations and leadership skills during a year of reign here.  

Queen and Ambassador Happenings!

Scout Field Day - Briggs Woods

Jason and Ellie assisted the scout master with the teaching of young scouts on the importance of honey bees and pollinators. Once they went over the basics, the entire group cut open native bee eggs and released them with the scouts! Every participant thoroughly enjoyed the event! It was the perfect day to teach enthusiastic scouts about why we need to save the bees. 


Engagement for Your Group!

If you are interested in having Jason and Ellie present to your group, you can reach out to our Queen/Ambassador program chair, Susan Kelly, via the following means:

Teaching Young Bee Ambassadors!

Jason and Ellie work with a group of preschoolers!  View the pictures below - the are presenting various beekeeping equipment and demonstrate how to wear protective gear. The first photo is the whole class!


Introducing our club Queen and Ambassador for 2021!

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Ellie Nusbaum

Ellie Nusbaum is the daughter of Michael and Amber Nusbaum and lives in Nevada, Iowa. She has two wonderful brothers who are also involved in beekeeping. When Ellie's older brother was a recipient of the IHPA Youth Scholarship they had a hive at their home which sparked her interest in beekeeping. Ellie's family continued to keep bees and when she was in high school found the Ames High Bee Club. Through her connections with the IHPA Ellie applied for a grant that allowed the club to have two of their own hives. Through Bee Club, Ellie has loved teaching her friends about beekeeping and the honeybee. Outside of beekeeping, Ellie enjoys volunteering for Food at First, tutoring elementary students, having church youth group, and golfing. Ellie will be graduating May of 2022 and plans to attend a university majoring in Biology with a minor in Spanish to pursue a career in medicine.   


Jason Vernon

Jason Vernon is the son of Mike and Susan Vernon and lives in Ames, Iowa. Jason’s interest in beekeeping started when he was young when he saw his grandfather beekeeping. His interest grew recently when he joined the Ames High Bee Club. Jason has loved to care for the hives that the bee club has, teach his friends about honeybees and share the magic of beekeeping with them. Outside of beekeeping, Jason is involved in his church youth group, theater, and dance. He especially enjoys helping in elementary classes in theater and at his dance studio. Jason will be graduating from Ames High in May 2022 and he plans to attend college to pursue a degree in performing arts.  

2019 CIBA Queen:  Abigail Kelly