2014 Outstanding Sophomore: Courtney Spencer
From Aurora, Mo., Courtney Spencer has been on the Dean's List from 2012 to present. As Missouri State FFA 1st Vice President from 2012-2013, she represented 25,000 Missouri members in the nation's largest youth organization. She has been a National FFA Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador. This summer, she will be a Junior Activities Intern for the National Junior Angus Association. Here, she will be in charge of coordinating the professional events and contests for all Junior National participants from across the nation.
Currently, she is a student lab assistant in Meat Science and Muscle Biology, where she analyzes and edits data. She is the Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority Philanthropy Chair, a member of Collegiate Cattlewomen, a member of the Philanthropy Committee of the CAFNR Week Steering Committee and a Jerry Litton Leadership Scholar.
She has excelled in numerous leadership positions. I can share the commitment and effort she puts forth in class and in countless other campus and industry activities, or the endless hours she has logged as a State FFA officer. I can recount her many charitable involvements. However, I can better sum up by simply saying she is a driven agriculturist who has the spirit, ability and humility to enhance the agricultural experience for herself and those around her. That is excellence.
—Chip Kemp, instructor, animal sciences
"I've been fortunate to view Courtney in action, in very diverse circumstances, and she consistently handles herself with class and professionalism," wrote Chip Kemp, Youth Leadership program director and animal sciences instructor. "Her personal and moral compass were instilled and reinforced at a young age by a family steeped in agriculture and focused on self-accountability and having a purpose. Her actions, attitude and humble confidence give me good reason to recommend her, without reservation, as our college's outstanding sophomore."