Fuehring raises pigs for breeding and show
FFA has been a big part of Lauren Fuehring's life. So when she entered her freshman year at Sweet Springs High School, naturally she joined.
"My dad was in it and my sister and all my uncles," she said. "I knew it was a big organization through our school."
This spring, Fuehring the daughter of Jeff and Michelle Fuehring of rural Sweet Springs, was one of four Sweet Springs FFA members to earn the State FFA Degree at the Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia.
Now, a 2012 Sweet Springs graduate, she would recommend joining FFA to incoming freshman.
"The last four years I've learned a lot of different skills, and it could help them a lot in their future," she said.
Although she enjoyed most of the activities, her favorite experience was attending the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) last year in Washington, D.C.
"I was really shy before I went," she said. "I learned a lot of leadership skills there, and I was able to be a little more open and talk to people after coming back."
Her Supervised Agriculture Experience was in Small-Animal Production and Cattle Production. She raises and shows breeding hogs at area and state livestock shows. She also has a small-cattle herd.
Taking care of her animals has helped her learn several skills.
"It taught me a lot of responsibility and time-management skills, especially being very active in school and sports throughout the summer," she said.
Through the years she has served as assistant secretary, parliamentarian and this past year as president of the SS FFA chapter. She has also won proficiency awards in Swine Production-entrepreneurship and Small-Animal Production and Care. She won the Friends of the FFA scholarship for WLC and was top in chapter leadership points for three years. At the recent FFA banquet, Fuehring received the Steven Trautman Memorial FFA Scholarship, $250 and the Houston Mull Memorial FFA Scholarship, $1,000.
In Career Development Events, she participated on the Ag Issues, Soils, Parliamentary Procedure and Knowledge teams, advancing to state competition in each.
Fuehring played basketball and served as team captain this year in softball. She was treasurer of FBLA and a member of S-Club, FCA and National Honor Society. She also served as the football and volleyball manager. She has served as president of Liberty 4-H club.
In her spare time, Fuehring shows livestock, swims, and spends time with family and friends.
She will attend either Northwest Missouri State University or State Fair Community College this fall to major in pre-med, orthopedic surgery and minor in ag business.