Kleiboeker of Pierce City Chapter named State FFA President
SEDALIA, Mo., April 30, 2021 – During the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention, Kaitlin Kleiboeker was named the 2021-2022 State President. Kleiboeker is a member of the Pierce City FFA Chapter. Her parents are Philip and Margaret Kleiboeker of Stotts City. Her advisors are Heather DeOrnellis and Issac Melin.
Kleiboeker’s supervised agricultural experience program consists of finishing 150 market hogs annually for an all-natural pork company and owns a herd of Simmental cattle. Kleiboeker also works on her family’s diversified crop and livestock farm.
During high school, Kleiboeker served as chapter president, vice president, and reporter, and area vice president.
Kleiboeker participated in FFA creed speaking, Division II prepared public speaking, advanced prepared public speaking, and FFA knowledge leadership development events, and livestock evaluation career development event. At state, she placed first in FFA creed speaking and advanced prepared public speaking LDEs, placed second in Division II prepare public speaking LDE, and received a Group I individual rating in livestock evaluation CDE. Kleiboecker also won the Missouri Young Farmers/Young Farm Wives Speech Contest and Missouri Association of Fairs and Festivals Fall Speaking Contest. She won the area swine production entrepreneurship proficiency award. Kleiboecker was named Area Star Farmer and Chapter Star Greenhand. She was a graduate of Helping Youth Maximize Agricultural eXperiences Academy and Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence Academy. She also attended the University of Missouri’s Life Science Quest and National FFA Next Generation Animal Systems Conference.
In addition to FFA, Kleiboeker served as National Honors Society president, student council junior class representative and Future Business Leaders of America district parliamentarian. She was a member of science club, math league, foreign language club, and scholar’s bowl. Outside of school, Kleiboeker serves as the Lawrence County Stockman’s 4-H Club president. She also is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and volunteers for the Sunday school and vacation bible school.
After graduating high school, Kleiboeker’s plans include attending the University of Missouri, Columbia, to study animal science. She then will obtain a doctorate in veterinary medicine. Kleiboeker said she hopes to become a large animal veterinarian.
The Missouri FFA has 25,662 members representing 351 chapters. The national organization has more than 760,000 members representing 8,739 chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
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