Friday, April 7, 2017 – Reynolds Alumni Center

2013 Outstanding Sophomore: Clarissa Brown

Clarissa Brown

Clarissa Brown is majoring in agricultural education-teaching emphasis with a minor in plant science-agricultural economics. She is currently a Litton Leadership Scholar, and serves as a member of the CAFNR Week steering committee, Alpha Tau Alpha Honors Fraternity and the CAFNR Student Development Board. She also is a member of the Agricultural Education Society, Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority and CAFNR Student Council. She volunteers at Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center and Project Science, a program that provides hands-on science activities to students.

Since July 2011 she has been a student manager at Tiger Garden and a student manager at Mizzou Meat Market.


“Clarissa is a driven young lady and one that is an asset to the University of Missouri. She is an ideal student in the classroom and strives to excel in her coursework. In her short time here at Mizzou she has become very active on campus. She participates in numerous organizations and currently serves as an officer in the Agricultural Education Society student organization within our department. In this role she is looked upon for leadership and is well respected by her peers.”

— Jon Simonsen, director of undergraduate studies in the department of
agricultural education and leadership


“Another example of her demonstrated leadership is in her association with the Litton Leadership Scholars (LLS). The LLS program includes 15 sophomore-level CAFNR students who interviewed and were selected to be a part of a year-long leadership program. Clarissa is a model student in the program and was chosen by her peers to speak at the Inaugural Litton Lecture held last fall on campus. I have gained a great deal of respect for Clarissa over the past two years while working with her in class, through the LLS program, and her demonstrated high sense of character.

“Beyond being active in classes and student organizations, Clarissa balances working at Tiger Gardens, where she has been placed in a leadership role. She is a trusted employee and one that is customer oriented. Serving in this capacity requires her to use disciplined time-management skills and effective communication skills. Through all of these experiences Clarissa has demonstrated a high level of dedication and leadership.”