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Beside long days, and the occasional sting to the face, being the American Honey Queen is a pretty sweet gig.

Gabrielle Hemesath, junior in marketing and supply chain management, has been studying bees for eight years. She was introduced to the beekeeping lifestyle at age 12, through a part-time job that soon developed into a passion for honey bees. The Clermont, Iowa native earned the title of Central Iowa Honey Queen in 2013 while she was a senior high school. She advanced to be the Iowa Honey Queen, and then earned the role of American Honey Queen in 2015.

Hemesath now coaches the current Iowa and American Honey Queens.



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