Enke and Howerton Awarded 2024 Youth Pork Institute Scholarships

The 2024 University of Missouri Youth Pork Institute, sponsored by the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the Missouri Pork Association, was held June 10 through June 12 in Columbia. High school students interested in the pork industry spent three days at this educational event.

Students toured the Mizzou campus and attended several educational sessions focused on areas such as biosecurity, pork processing, nutrition, breeding and market hog evaluation, meat evaluation, biomedical pigs, ultra sounding, and artificial insemination. They were also introduced to a variety of career opportunities within the pork industry. At the end of the three-day long institute, students took an exam covering all the information learned. The top two scoring students were each awarded a scholarship.

On June 12, Isabelle Enke and Gavin Howerton each received a $1,000 scholarship to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia as long as they enter with an agriculture-based major upon completion of high school. Isabelle Enke just graduated from St. Clair High School, and Gavin Howerton will be entering Clinton High School as a junior this fall.

Other students attending the event included Natalie Foster of Drexel High School, Addison Vlach of Stockton High School, and Donnie Laut of Fredericktown High School.

Also attending were the 2024 Missouri Youth Pork Ambassadors: Nicholas Van Schyndel of Mexico, Lena Stricklin of Rolla, Leah Thompson of Fredericktown, and Emma Robinson of Republic. The event was organized by the Missouri Pork Association 2024 Summer Intern Laci Fuhlage of Fayette.