Tamarah Plechaty graduated with honors from California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, on June 16, 2013. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in animal sciandshy;ence with a minor in rangeland management.

While attending Cal Poly, she was recognized nationally for outstanding achievement in the field of animal science twice, in 2012 and 2013, and given the American Society of Animal Science Undergraduate Scholar Award.

She has been hired as an intern with the United States Department of Agriculture. Her work includes research on grasslands at the High Plains Grasslands Research Station in Cheyenne, Wyo.

She is the daughter of Ron and Karen Plechaty of Crescent City, and a 2010 graduate of Del Norte High School.