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Northwest Missouri State University

Student Spotlight

May 1, 2013

Northwest student to serve as AFA campus ambassador

Sydney Lawrence

Sydney Lawrence

Sydney Lawrence, a junior agriculture business major at Northwest Missouri State University, has been selected as a 2013-14 Agriculture Future of America Campus Ambassador.

Lawrence, of Blythedale, is one of 16 students selected through a competitive application process to represent AFA on their respective campuses and to AFA’s corporate partners. The group met with the AFA Student Advisory Team April 11-13 in Kansas City, Mo., to kick off their year of service and go through training and goal setting exercises.

Lawrence said she looks forward to connecting her fellow students at Northwest to AFA’s opportunities.

“Serving as an AFA Campus Ambassador will give me the opportunity to support and encourage my peers in the agriculture industry,” she said. “I am excited to serve as a part of the leadership team and have an impact on the industry and our peers.”

Throughout the year of service, Lawrence and her fellow ambassadors will foster AFA’s relationships with students, faculty and staff on their campuses. AFA is a non-profit organization providing leader development, intern support and leader and academic scholarships to young men and women pursuing careers in the agriculture and food industry.

“AFA students develop professional relationships with their peers and agriculture industry professionals. This prepares them to enter the agriculture, food and natural resource industry,” Lawrence said.

AFA Campus Ambassadors also help staff the AFA Leaders Conference, Nov. 7-10 in Kansas City, Mo. The event is AFA’s core leader development program and draws more than 500 collegiate leaders from across the nation. More than 150 industry professionals will engage with Lawrence and her peers throughout the conference environment.

This summer, Lawrence is working with West Central Coop as a communications intern. Her internship, experiences at Northwest and AFA involvement complement each other, preparing her for future success.

“By serving in a leadership position with AFA, I will be exposed to career opportunities, develop and execute events and receive professional training to further develop as a professional,” she said. “It will also give me the opportunity to view the industry in a new light as a leader in agriculture.”

Lawrence’s entrance into the AFA leader development program began earlier in the academic year when she was selected as an AFA Leaders Conference delegate. In addition to her involvement with AFA, Lawrence has been active in Delta Tau Alpha Agricultural Honor Society, National FFA, Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority and Collegiate Farm Bureau.

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For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468