Kate Thompson Named Outstanding Senior at 2022 Celebration of Excellence

Kate Thompson, an agribusiness management major, was named Outstanding Senior at CAFNR’s 2022 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Tuesday, April 19.

Thompson is the president of the Mizzou National Agricultural Marketing Association (NAMA). NAMA is an organization for agri-marketing professionals and for over 60 years has provided education and insights that position NAMA members for success and equip them to deliver greater value for their companies and employers in a rapidly changing world. She is also the founding president of the MU Young Americans for Liberty organization.

Thompson serves as a CAFNR videography and photograph intern, where she collaborates with instructors, students and faculty to create promotional videos for CAFNR degree programs. She also gained hands-on learning experiences as a communications intern with the Missouri Department of Agriculture last year. In that role, Thompson edited 26 videos for two external-facing video series; created social media graphics; composed talking points; and sent daily agriculture news to 66 of MDA’s leaders.

“As current president of the NAMA student organization, Kate’s leadership style is highly effective and it is a joy to watch her in action,” said Annette Kendall, advisor for the Mizzou NAMA team. “She has been a strong member of the team since she joined and has consistently gone above and beyond in terms of her contribution to the group, setting the standard for what is expected from members. Her ability to balance the need for focused and dedicated work with a fun atmosphere has been a key driver in maintaining a strong membership within a student organization that essentially prepares the equivalent of a semester-long course workload as students prepare for competition each year.”