Samantha Gibson is no stranger to a life involved in agriculture. She was raised in the farming community of Norborne, Mo. The small town and guidance of her father, Todd Gibson, led Gibson to develop a strong passion for agriculture.
Throughout high school Gibson was highly involved in softball, track, basketball, student council and National Honor Society. However, she dedicated most of her time to her local FFA chapter. Gibson participated in public speaking events along with contest teams throughout her time in FFA.
Gibson, a freshman studying science and agricultural journalism, plans to earn her master’s in journalism. After she completes her degrees, she wants to start a career in public relations, preferably in the agriculture industry. Attending MU has always been Gibson’s plan.
“I knew that Mizzou had one of the best agriculture schools and is one of the best schools in the nation for journalism,” Gibson said. “Given the best of both worlds, I never thought to apply anywhere else.”
Gibson enjoys taking photos, which she hopes to study during her time at MU. She also has an interest in public speaking, which sparked her interest to major in agricultural journalism.
Gibson is currently a state officer with the Missouri FFA Association and also attended the Missouri Agribusiness Academy. These events helped Gibson realize her interest in agriculture.
“ I truly realized how passionate I was about agriculture,” Gibson said.
Gibson plans to connect to her roots and put agriculture in a positive light through agricultural journalism.
“Agricultural journalism allows me to connect to my roots and share my story, as well as other agriculturists’ stories,” Gibson said. “As a journalist I hope to advocate for agricultural leaders and help shine the limelight on the positives of agriculture.”
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