2007 Outstanding Freshman: Whitney Wallace
By any estimate, class of 2010 agricultural journalism major WHITNEY WALLACE is one of CAFNR's rising stars. In addition to her coursework, she is the public relations chair for the Collegiate Farm Bureau, on the Alpha Chi chapter of Sigma Alpha's public relations committee, a member a of the recruitment team for the CAFNR Student Council and the CAFNR Week Steering Committee, and has recently been chosen to participate on the CAFNR Ambassador Team.
Wallace complements her prodigious list of accomplishments and affiliations with a GPA of 3.77. "I realized the importance of setting goals and reaching success at an early age," Wallace says. "I also knew early on that I would be a Mizzou Tiger one day. I was raised knowing CAFNR was the only option for me if I planned to major in agriculture. Now that I’m here, my feelings toward CAFNR are even stronger because I’ve experienced the benefits first hand."
"SHE EMBODIES THE IDEAL CAFNR FRESHMAN. SHE IS OF STRONG MORAL CHARACTER, WILL NOT HESITATE TO STAND UP FOR WHAT SHE BELIEVES IN, HAS A STRONG WORK ETHIC, AND STRIVES TO BE THE BEST PERSON, STUDENT AND CAFNR SPOKESPERSON THAT SHE CAN BE."
— Sharon Wood-Turley, assistant professor of agricultural journalism
Wallace has written more than 20 articles and done broadcast work for CAFNRCornerpost.com, produced tabloids and newsletters for FFA and coordinated Food for America Day and Farm Safety Day for local elementary students. Her fundraising efforts have exceeded their goals and provided eight high school seniors with college scholarships.
"If you are looking for a 'true tiger' to honor with the CAFNR Outstanding Freshman Award, you need look no further than agricultural journalism major Whitney Wallace," says Sharon Wood-Turley.
Wallace's drive and commitment to agriculture and CAFNR are sure to carry over into her professional life. Her star is expected only to rise higher and shine more brightly in the years to come.
"Even though the next three years will pass by quickly, I look forward to giving back to future students as a supportive alumni member," Wallace says.