2015 Outstanding Junior: Jaelyn Bergmann
As a John Brown Scholar, Jaelyn Bergmann, Perry, Mo., partnered at Monsanto's global headquarters, integrating her classroom education with realities of the business world. As a Dickinson Scholar, she gained business experience with John Deere in Kansas City.
She has been included on the CAFNR Dean's List since 2012 and was a member of the Jerry Litton Leadership Scholars Program. This year she won Sigma Alpha Sorority's Pillar Award for Service and was the group's fundraising chair. Bergmann is a member of the National FFA and was the Missouri chapter president from 2012-13. She represented more than 25,000 Missouri FFA members and spent a year of service presenting as a keynote speaker, facilitating more than 50 workshops and advocating to agribusiness partners and state elected officials.
"My dad is infamous for saying, 'If you work hard and look for ways to help other people, then all the pieces will fall into place,'" Bergmann said. "At a young age, he instilled in me the importance of hard work and serving others and this phrase is used to guide my life and college experiences."
Jaelyn consistently displays a calm drive and determination with a genuine readiness to work as a team player. She is equally comfortable being on the big stage, or applauding with enthusiasm as a friend gets the recognition in the lights. That is the hallmark of a leader. Jaelyn has participated in many philanthropic events that display her class and moral character. But likely the trait that I admire most is her ability to smile and calm others in times of stress or anxiety. This is likely one of the core skills that she possesses that so often places her in positions of leadership.
—David "Chip" Kemp, Youth Leadership Program Director