2008 Outstanding Junior: Brett Naylor
BRETT NAYLOR is a junior from Buffalo, Mo. He is seeking a bachelor of science degree in plant science with a crop science emphasis.
Naylor is the Noble Ruler (president) of the 88-member Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. Here, he manages an executive board of nine other officers and represents the organization to other Greek organizations and MU. He also conducts fundraisers and social functions, and assists in the recruitment of new members.
In 2006 and 2007, Naylor was a member of the MU Student Outreach Recruitment Team where he helped coordinate the Black and Gold and Meet Mizzou days. He spoke to high school students, urging them to attend MU.
He served on the CAFNR Week Steering Committee in 2007 planning the king and queen contests, Barnwarming and other events. From 2006 to present, Naylor has been a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Naylor currently works for the Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute. Here, he helps plant and harvest 20 crops by performing mowing, fertilizer application and planting. Previous to this work, he was a maize breeding intern at Pioneer Hi-Bred International. This allowed him to help monitor disease and pest resistance and the testing of various maize hybrids.
"BRETT HAS EXCELLED AT EVERY ONE OF HIS COLLEGE ENDEAVORS. HE WAS A MODEL STUDENT. HE TOOK MANY LEADERSHIP ROLES WITHIN CAFNR AND ON CAMPUS AND HAS GIVEN HIS TIME AND HELP TO OTHERS IN NEED. HE CONTINUOUSLY STRIVES TO IMPROVE ACADEMICALLY. EVIDENCE OF THIS IS THAT HE MAINTAINS A HIGH GPA, AND HAS BEEN NAMED TO THE DEAN’S LIST EVERY SEMESTER THAT HE HAS BEEN IN COLLEGE."
— Michael Mason, a fellow student
During his three years at Mizzou, Naylor has participated in more than 30 philanthropic events including food drives, working at a shelter for battered women and children and supporting organizations like the Ronald McDonald House.
Naylor has received several scholarships including the Earl K. Nau Memorial Scholarship, Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture Scholarship, Missouri Cattleman’s Scholarship and National Angus Foundation Scholarship.
He continues to work on the family farm, managing nutrition, health and care of a purebred beef operation.