Mysti-Ane Pearce is a creative freshman who offers zest and a fresh viewpoint to CAFNR Corner Post. She is majoring in science and agricultural journalism, with an emphasis in public relations. Growing up in Pleasant Hill, Mo., Pearce was accustomed to living in a drastically smaller area compared to Columbia. Pearce described Pleasant Hill as a small suburb with limited work, so most residents commute to Lee Summit or Kansas City.
“The main thing to do there is hang out at Sonic and sit outside,” said Pearce.
Regardless of Pleasant Hill’s size, there are still many activities for people to be involved with. Two popular dance studios are Music In Motion and Eva Moore’s Performing Art Center. Since second grade, Pearce has been involved in rigorous competitive dancing. She taught classes, such as, ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, high school through preschool. Pearce is currently not instructing any dance classes. Her favorite is musical theater-styled dances.
Pearce also joined an elite theatre program, The Cappies, which promoted high school journalism through theatre. As the lead critic, Pearce attended other high school’s productions to write performance reviews. The top three reviews chosen were published on The Cappies web page. Pearce said this experience played a large role in why she chose agricultural journalism. Agriculture has been a large part of Pearce’s life and influenced her decision to major in science and agricultural journalism. She was a member of FFA for her four years of high school and hopes to be an active Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow member throughout her college career.
Pearce shows South African Boer Goats and Pembroke Welsh Corgis in her free time.
“I refuse to eat goats, well, now I’m okay with it. I just don’t want to eat goats that I show,” Pearce said.
Each animal on her farm is named after a musical character.
Pearce is excited for Corner Post because she’s never written for a publication.
She believes that Corner Post will help with creative exploration in her writing and also provide a healthy challenge. Pearce is happy that she making a change and attending Mizzou instead of staying in Pleasant Hill where everything is more laid back.