2011 Outstanding Freshman: Andrew Perry
ANDREW PERRY is from Columbia, Mo. and is studying Agricultural Economics and Plant Sciences.
During his first year at Mizzou, he already has tackled a dual major of agricultural economics and plant sciences. There's just one hitch: he hasn't decided yet on what his minor will be. Don't worry, though, with a 4.0 grade point average he'll probably do just fine in whatever he decides.
Perry has his hands full for the time being. As the Agricultural Economics Club vice president for scholarships and activities he organizes and coordinates the club's annual reception and its Summer Welcome and Fall Roundup activities. He is a freshman representative to the CAFNR Student Council and hall vice president for the Wolpers Hall Congress.
He is also active in the Mizzou Campus Christian House and is landscape design chair for the Missouri 4-H Habitat for Humanity Team. The Columbia native is just as busy off-campus. Perry is owner and manager of Turfmasters Mowing and Lawncare Service in Columbia. For the past 10 years he has been herd manager for Perry Farms, a family owned beef operation.
During the summer, he ranges even farther afield. Last summer Perry took part in the European Ag Tour/International Livestock Judging Team, traveling to Scotland, England, France, Belgium and Germany, learning about foreign agricultural practices. He also was a U.S. judge for the Royal Highlands Show in Edinburg, Scotland. This summer he will be an intern for Pioneer Seed Hybrid in Johnston, Iowa, working on the company's cold corn stress resistance team.
"THROUGH HIS ABILITY TO MULTITASK AND PUT AMPLE FOCUS ON THE TASK AT HAND, ANDREW PERRY HAS STRIVED TO SET THE BAR HIGHER THAN ALMOST ANY OTHER FRESHMAN HAS EVER HOPED TO DO. HIS DEDICATION, DETERMINATION AND WILLINGNESS TO HELP OTHERS IS OUTSTANDING."
— Tyler LePage, president of MU's Agricultural Economics Club