Queen and Ambassador's Corner

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