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MSC Dairy Student to Appear on The Price is Right Game Show April 10

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—It was a lucky break.

Dan Schumacher, an animal science – dairy major at Morrisville State College, had polished off four mid-term exams before heading out for spring break with members of the college’s Dairy Club in March.

The 20-year-old, Naples, N.Y., resident was looking forward to keeping his vacation low-key, touring farms and learning more about the dairy industry while edging in a little relaxation and fun with friends.

As luck would have it, things didn’t go as planned.

Between events, students took a trip to Hollywood where Schumacher made his stage debut as a contestant on The Price is Right game show. The episode will air April 10 at 11 a.m. on CBS.

Schumacher donned a Morrisville State College Dairy Club T-shirt embellished with a dairy cow and was flanked by 23 fellow students and Dairy Club advisors who cheered him on from the studio audience and spirited his every move when his name was unexpectedly called as the last contestant to participate.

His acquisitions include $12,000 worth of prizes: a new Whirlpool side-by-side refrigerator and an eight-man Jacuzzi.

And a bit of fame to boot.

The popular television game show is watched by millions of viewers on a daily basis.

Friends and family are all planning to watch the episode which features the Morrisville student, but Schumacher will have to wait to view the taped version when he returns from an out-of-town field trip.

Schumacher earned his spot on stage next to The Price is Right Emmy-Award winning host, Bob Barker, when he came closest to guessing the retail price of a refrigerator.

“It was difficult to hear people in the audience because everyone was screaming out prices, so I guessed on my own,” Schumacher said.

He encountered more luck when he advanced to play the “High-Low game” for a Jacuzzi.

Shortly after he won, Schumacher used a friend’s cell phone to call home and share the exciting news with his parents.

He wasn’t so lucky when it was his turn to spin the wheel and his numbers didn’t earn him a spot in the showcase showdown, but he went home a winner nonetheless.

“I am absolutely glad that I went and had the opportunity to participate,” he said. “It is one of the most exciting things that has ever happened to me.”

Although he isn’t sure exactly what he is going to do with his newly acquired fridge, Schumacher is looking forward to going home to enjoy the Jacuzzi which will soon be delivered to his parents’ house.

Schumacher is the son of John and Debra Schumacher of Naples, N.Y.

Morrisville State College offers 12 bachelor degrees and a wide variety of associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.