2007 Outstanding Sophomore: Sarah Jackson
This year's winner of the Outstanding Sophomore Award, SARAH JACKSON, is not one to shy away from a challenge and is relentless in pursuing and achieving her goals. A highly motivated, dedicated and talented student, her ambition is matched only by her determination to see her dreams realized, and it is these qualities that have drawn the attention of publications such as Hoard's Dairyman.
"It's not unusual for an aspiring journalist to want to work for an industry's premier publication," says Jason Jenkins. "What is unusual—and what makes Sarah outstanding—is that she made her goal a reality, and she did it a full year ahead of schedule."
Jackson has been able to maintain a respectable 3.22 GPA and has made the Dean's List every semester, but the numbers don't reflect the courses she has taken or her participation in co-curricular activities. Her choice of classes reflects her desire to be the best writer for Hoard's, and her involvement with the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow as well as both the Missouri Collegiate Cattlewomen and the Missouri Cattlewomen's Association are evidence of her interest in that industry. From genetics to editing, Jackson's single-minded focus on serving the dairy industry through her writing has earned her distinction.
"THIS SUMMER, SHE WILL INTERN WITH HOARD'S DAIRYMAN IN FORT ATKINSON, WIS., BECOMING THE FIRST MISSOURI STUDENT IN THE PAST 18 YEARS TO HOLD THE POSITION. WHEN I TALK WITH HER, I TRY MY BEST TO DOWNPLAY HER ACCOMPLISHMENT, BUT IT'S REALLY A BIG DEAL."
— Jason Jenkins, former agricultural journalism instructor and adviser
"When Sarah's writing talents are combined with her passion and knowledge of the dairy industry, I have no doubt that she is well-prepared for the rigors of a summer internship with Hoard's," says Jenkins. "She will be an excellent representative for CAFNR in Wisconsin, and I believe she is an ideal candidate to represent the College as the 2007 Outstanding Sophomore."