2008 Outstanding Freshman: Charlotte Jackson
CHARLOTTE JACKSON is a freshman agricultural educational major with emphasis in leadership. She is also earning a minor in Agricultural Economics.
She is currently president of the Mizzou Collegiate 4-H. “In this position,” Jackson said, “I am privileged to have obligations that go beyond typical executive duties. I have enjoyed numerous volunteer activities including facilitating the Missouri 4-H Youth Civic Leaders Summit, a weekend camp for almost 100 4-H’ers. I have also experienced collegiate 4-H on the national level when I attended the National Collegiate 4-H Conference in Denver.” Jackson is also currently the program development chair for the Agricultural Education Society. In this role, she is planning the next Reading Roundup where agricultural education majors volunteer with elementary students.
"BY CONDUCTING LEADERSHIP WORKSHOPS, SHE HAS REACHED 50 YOUNG PEOPLE WHOSE PARENTS ARE DEPLOYED EITHER THOUGH THE NATIONAL GUARD OR ARMY RESERVE."
— Ina Linville, interim program director
MU Extension’s 4-H Center for Youth Development
Because of a passion for the cattle industry, Jackson became a member of the Mizzou Collegiate Cattlewomen. “I have volunteered with middle school students of an urban background and educated them on proper beef preparation and the origin of the beef cuts that they eat on a regular basis.”
Jackson admits a rough start in public speaking. But through the Future Farmers of America Advance Public Speaking, she made the Top 16 in the national FFA organization’s competition. Jackson sang the National Anthem at the Governor’s Conference on Agriculture in January 2008 at the request of Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Katie Smith. At the Fall 2007 National Association of Farm Broadcasters Conference, she was asked the be the sole voice representing Missouri 4-H. In this capacity, she spoke to several radio stations on 4-H and how agriculture influenced her life.
From her first semester at MU until April 2008, Jackson worked as a student assistant in the Missouri State 4-H office. “I love my job because I get to work with 4-H leaders who truly make a difference in the lives of youth.” Starting in April, she began working as a Missouri Department of Agriculture as a marketing intern promoting the Missouri Agribusiness Academy.