Local youth announced as pork ambassadors

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Missouri Pork Association has announced two local youth as 2014 Youth Pork Ambassadors. They are Nora Faris, a senior at Concordia High School, and Mason Sandidge, a senior at Marshall High School.

Faris is the daughter of Paul and Betty Faris from Concordia. She has been involved in the pork industry through her parents' involvement in pork production. She has volunteered at many events with the Missouri Pork Association.

Off the farm, she is busy in school and extracurricular activities. She has served as the Area VI Missouri FFA Association president and Concordia FFA Chapter president, as well as the Missouri District 19 Future Business Leaders of Americas president and chapter president. Faris is also active with the high school yearbook, Concordia High School Marching Orioles Band, National Honor Society and Lafayette County Youth Court.

After graduation, she will attend the University of Missouri where she plans to pursue degrees in broadcast communications and agricultural economics with an emphasis on public policy.

Sandidge is the son of Brent and Connie Sandidge from Marshall. He works on the family farm helping maintain the farrowing barns on the weekends and holidays. During summer and winter breaks, he works in the feed mill. He also works for Jackson's Restaurant during the Missouri State Fair, and for special catering events outside the Fair.

When in school, he stays busy with the National Honor Society, Future Teachers of America, and the BirdCage Pep Club. He is currently the president of his FFA chapter and is treasurer for the Area 6 FFA Organization.

After graduation, Sandidge will attend the University of Missouri and pursue a degree in general agriculture. He hopes to return to the family farm upon completion of his degree.

Throughout the next year, they both will participate in various events in the pork industry. At the end of the program, both will receive a $1,000 scholarship, payable to a technical school, community college or four year university.

For more information about the Youth Pork Ambassador program, go to www.mopork.com, or call 573-445-8375.