Academy Awards

Written by TF Staff on .

Thirty high school sophomores were recently selected to participate in the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Missouri Agribusiness Academy (MAbA). The students will spend the first week of June in the St. Louis region exploring various facets of agriculture.

“We are proud to announce another outstanding MAbA class,” said Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn. “Our young people in agriculture set the bar high and model respect, determination, responsibility and service—values we in the industry strive to instill.”

Students will visit businesses and learn about career opportunities in animal and plant health, communications, forestry, value-added agriculture and more. The students will end their week with a graduation ceremony at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.

Since 1988, the MAbA has awarded more than 900 academy memberships through a competitive application and interview process for high school sophomores interested in pursuing agriculture-related degrees and careers. To be eligible, students must come from a farming family or be active in FFA or 4-H.

Students selected for the 2018 Agribusiness Academy are:

  • Hailey Schepers, California, Mo.
  • Ellie Coppock, Eldon, Mo.
  • Kaylee Lower, Collins, Mo.
  • Miles Bailey, Clinton, Mo.
  • Justin Austin, Appleton City, Mo.
  • Parker Triplett, Rutledge, Mo.
  • Katie Campbell, Memphis, Mo.
  • Clint Bailey, Curryville, Mo.
  • Lucy Schnitker, Middletown, Mo.
  • Linsey Brady, Fayette, Mo.
  • Sally Schmidt, Carrollton, Mo.
  • Anderson Rogers, Bethany, Mo.
  • Brooklyn Bennett, Bolckow, Mo.
  • Garrett Heil, Norborne, Mo.
  • Maryanna Milazzo, Galt, Mo.
  • Hannah Hoelscher, Warrenton, Mo.
  • Paul Boeckmann, Loose Creek, Mo.
  • Madison Coleman, Rhineland, Mo. 
  • William Lee, Truxton, Mo.
  • Nicole Deeken, Loose Creek, Mo.
  • Ricanna Spargo, Naylor, Mo.
  • Katelyn Young, Arcadia, Mo.
  • Aaron Brown, Jackson, Mo. 
  • Elizabeth Mooney, Fredericktown, Mo.
  • Brittany Ladd, Farmington, Mo.
  • Kaitlyn Cloud, Carthage, Mo.
  • Cade Shepherd, Mount Vernon, Mo.
  • Lauren Gilbert, Oldfield, Mo.
  • Jacob Toombs, Bolivar, Mo.
  • Lauren Ford, Stockton, Mo.

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