Hello! My name is Meredith Clevenger, and I am majoring in science and agricultural journalism with a possible minor in hospitality management. I was born and raised on a farm near the small town of Hamilton, Missouri. Hamilton is the boyhood home of J.C. Penney, but it is better known now as “Quilt Town USA.” Tour buses are in Hamilton daily and the streets in this rural town are active with shoppers; it is quite a sight! Before I attended Penney High School, I went to a rural elementary school from kindergarten to eighth grade, three miles from my home, called New York R-IV. I graduated from eighth grade at New York with four people in my class. I then attended Penney High where there were 63 students in my graduating class.
I have been actively involved in 4-H since I was 5 years old; I was a three-year Clover Kid member because my entire family was already involved in 4-H and my mom was the club leader. I held every office within my club and our county council. My favorite activity in 4-H was showing pigs and I enjoyed showing at county fairs and the Missouri State Fair. My family never missed attending the Missouri State Fair, and I gave demonstrations in the 4-H Building 10 of those years. I also enjoyed attending 4-H camp and being a camp counselor.
I was also involved in several other high school organizations including FFA and FBLA. I enjoyed basketball and volleyball, and was on the cheerleading squad that competed at state all four years.
I work part-time at Hy-Vee and I help my dad on our family farm. I have a passion for farming and the farm life and I am excited to continue my agricultural career at Mizzou!