2015 Outstanding Freshman: Clara Knipp
Clara Knipp, Tipton, Mo., in 2014 earned a Missouri State FFA degree, was the National Ag Day Essay Contest winner, was named the High Individual in the Missouri FFA State Meats Identification Career Development Event, was named the Area VIII Agriculture Communication Proficiency winner, and was a delegate to the Agriculture Future of America national meeting. She is currently an Agricultural Education and Leadership Ambassador. From 2011 through 2014 she was an academic tutor in the Missouri A+ Schools Program. In 2013-14 she was the president of Tipton FFA, which has 170 members.
At CAFNR she is an agricultural educator for the Supervised Agricultural Experience Project, where she develops presentations that teach agricultural concepts to FFA members. She has been a Mizzou Leadership Academy member, and a member of the Emerging Leaders Program since 2014.
"I enjoy contributing my skills to a purpose greater than my own," Knipp said. "Being involved in CAFNR organizations has been the most rewarding and memorable component of my first year at MU. It will continue to be my goal to positively contribute to CAFNR and the agriculture industry, whether I am serving as a committee member for Collegiate Farm Bureau and Sigma Alpha, promoting the career choice of agricultural education, or encouraging agriculture literacy in the community."
Before attending the University of Missouri, I knew of many CAFNR students that spoke of their fondness for the students, faculty and staff that made the college feel like family. CAFNR students are well known for their career potential, academic success and contributions to their communities. As a freshman in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, I wanted to emanate these high expectations of professionalism, academic dedication and extracurricular involvement.