2014 Outstanding Freshman: Miriam Martin
Miriam Martin is a freshman from Bucklin, Mo., who has served as a Missouri state FFA officer and Missouri Pork Ambassador throughout the last year. She is active in four different clubs within CAFNR and is a member of the Mizzou Meats Judging Team where she completed an undergraduate research project. During the last year, Miriam worked more than 40 hours a week at the Mizzou Meat Market while maintaining a high level of academic achievement.
As a member of the National FFA, she won the National Semifinalist Extemporaneous Public Speaking 2012 award and the National Gold Medalist Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event in 2013. She was the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's Masters of Beef Advocacy Recipient in 2014. As a member of the Missouri Pork Producers Association, she earned first place in the State Pork Public Speaking Contest in 2011. She was a speaker at the National Ag Day Banquet in Washington, D.C., in 2011.
Miriam been involved in several activities that make the world around her better. She has been an advocate for agriculture and I have been impressed with her ability to understand the importance of social issues to production agriculture. Her engagement in social aspects of society as they relate to agriculture is well beyond the average student.
—Monte Kerley, professor of animal sciences
"I have not witnessed another freshman with her level of focus," said Monte Kerley, professor of animal sciences. "She is participating on the meats judging team for the University and is involved with a research project in meat science. Her GPA is stellar. Simply put, what she puts her hands on excels, and she has exceled at much. This trajectory will position her far above her peers. Her focus, her understanding of the industry and what is needed to succeed, and the high level of achievement places her well above peer students."