Lauren Kliethermes, a sophomore science and agriculture journalism major, hopes to promote the knowledge of agriculture and to educate readers of the hardships that farmers experience to feed the U.S. She is well-versed in the subject of agriculture because she grew up on a turkey, cow and row crop farm.
Kliethermes attended the Missouri Agribusiness Academy her sophomore year of high school. Along with being active in clubs and excelling in academics, she also played on the volleyball team. She was known for her high vertical jump, even though she is only 5-foot-4.
In high school, Kliethermes was very involved in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Future Farmers of America (FFA). She went to state for both organizations, placing fourth overall in FFA. Kiethermes was the president for both FBLA and FFA her senior year and made honor roll all four years of high school.
“I loved FFA because I met so many people I know now,” Kliethermes said. “I learned many speaking, interview and business skills.”
Kliethermes grew up in the small town Tipton, Mo., with a graduating class of 54.
“I grew up literally in the middle of a field,” she said. “The best experiences were when my friends would come over when we were younger and we would always talk about “Children of the Corn” and freak ourselves out. Being home alone during storms was the worst memory because tornado storms have passed over our house.”
Kliethermes came to MU because it is only 45 minutes from home. She loves how large MU is because she has more opportunities to meet new and different people.
“I love the community atmosphere during the games and just anytime in general. It’s a great town and I have so much fun and find something new to do all the time.”
When Kliethermes is not doing schoolwork, she works as a cashier at Sam’s Club, reads, watches science-fiction shows, and spends time with the family and friends she loves. She is excited to write for Corner Post this year and will bring forth her knowledge and experiences in agriculture.
This Profile was written by fellow Corner Post staff writer: Scarlett Goodin