AMBASSADORS--Sonja Perry (left) of Bowling Green, Mo., and Aaron Kerr (center) of Chillicothe, Mo., are the 2012 Missouri Farm Bureau Ambassadors. The two are shown with Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst. (Missouri Farm Bureau photo.)
A panel of judges selected Aaron Kerr of Chillicothe, Mo., and Sonja Perry of Bowling Green, Mo., as 2012 Missouri Farm Bureau Ambassadors during the organization's 97th annual meeting Dec. 4 at the Lake of the Ozarks.
The Missouri Farm Bureau Ambassador program selects a male and female student, 17 to 22 years of age, to represent agriculture and Farm Bureau for one year. Each Ambassador receives a $1,250 educational scholarship and travels to Washington, D.C., in March on a Farm Bureau legislative trip. They will also assist with Farm Bureau events at the Missouri State Fair. Kerr and Perry were picked from a field of 29 contestants selected by county Farm Bureaus.
Kerr represented the Livingston County Farm Bureau. His parents are David and Brenda Kerr. He currently attends the University of Missouri-Columbia as a junior majoring in ag systems management. Club involvement includes Collegiate Farm Bureau and the University of Missouri Quarter Scale (agricultural mechanics) Team. The Kerrs have been Farm Bureau members for over 28 years.
Perry represented the Pike County Farm Bureau and is the daughter of Bob and Kristin Perry. She is a senior at Bowling Green High School. She is active in 4-H, Future Business Leaders of America, Student Council, the Academic Quiz Bowl Team, choir, varsity volleyball, and Youth-in-Government. In addition to assisting in the family business, Perry Agricultural Laboratory, Perry owns and operates Gem Acres, her Boer goat and equine operation.
As ambassadors, Kerr and Perry will make selected appearances throughout 2012 promoting agriculture on behalf of Missouri Farm Bureau. The contest began as judges interviewed each student. During the evening program, six finalists presented five-minute speeches and extemporaneously responded to a question before judges selected the winners. The Ambassador program is sponsored by the Missouri Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee. Scholarship funds come from the Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.
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