With high energy and a great style, Trina Stumpe’s pleasant demeanor rubs off on others around her. Home for 21-year-old Stumpe is Spring Bluff, Mo., where she and her three siblings were born and raised.
As the youngest in her family, she has always shadowed her older sisters: Danielle an industrial engineer, Danette a speech pathology graduate student and her brother, Tyler, a car salesperson.
Stumpe grew up with a supportive family surrounding her. Barb, her mother, is a schoolteacher and father, Kevin, is an electrical engineer. Stumpe’s cousins attended the same school, and her grandparents lived nearby where she could escape for solitude.
“Trina is an extremely outgoing individual and can communicate with peers and adults alike,” Danette said. “Trina wears many hats. No job was too small to be considered important or too big to be accomplished. She does a great job motivating individuals to get involved and helping peers work as a team.”
One of these hats is being a member of the National FFA Organization. Living in the country on a livestock farm it seemed only natural for Stumpe to join FFA as a high school freshman. Little did she know that this was the beginning of a long FFA career. Throughout high school, Stumpe bred, raised and showed Montadale sheep with her siblings at local fairs and the Missouri State Fair. As a freshman she was on the meats judging team and the livestock evaluation team as a senior.
Stumpe was also extremely involved with public speaking. She competed in the FFA creed competition, division II and advanced public speaking. Stumpe represented the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association as the youth leadership council representative. In this role, she attended events throughout the year and presented speeches.
“I feel this was my biggest accomplishment in life,” Stumpe said. “I was so honored to receive such a prestigious position as the Missouri delegate within the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.”
Stumpe continued to add hats and became a state FFA officer. Her FFA leadership began as chapter reporter sophomore year, then as president junior year and vice president senior year. Stumpe was elected Area XIV secretary and served as a state officer her freshman year of college.
As a college student, her workload did not dwindle. This summer, Stumpe will intern with the Missouri Corn Growers Association in Jefferson City, Mo. She will serve as the grower services intern and will assist in planning eight golf tournaments and educating the general public about agriculture.
Stumpe’s campus involvement includes the CAFNR Student Development Board where she earned a CAFNR alumni scholarship, which she used toward her study abroad program. This summer she traveled to France to learn about viticulture and enology.
Studying abroad piqued her interest in the wine industry and in pursuing a career with winery public relations and marketing. Stumpe graduates next December with an agricultural business management degree. She looks forward to beginning her own family while remaining close to her rural roots.
Family is at the core of what Stumpe values most. Even though she felt crowded at times,, she loves her large, close family and considers her sisters role models. She has always strived to find her own path in the world, with diverse sisters as her guides.
“If our house were ever burning down, the first thing I would grab were the family photos because those are irreplaceable items that are extremely precious to me,” Stumpe said.
Throughout her college career, Stumpe has stayed true to herself by pursuing her goals and keeping family top priority.