Carthage Youth Selected as Missouri Youth Pork Ambassador

Columbia, Mo.Anna Brightwell, a senior at Carthage Senior High School, has been selected as one of the 2016 Missouri Pork Association Youth Pork Ambassadors. Her selection was announced during the 2016 Missouri Pork Expo on February 9 in Columbia.


Anna is the daughter of Rick and Barb Brightwell of Carthage. She currently works on the family farm, and in the office of Specialty Risk Insurance. She previously worked for Kingdom Come Dog Kennel.


At school, Anna is a member of the National Honor Society, Link Crew and Lady Tiger Tennis Team. She is the current FFA chapter president, and the Future Business Leaders of America District 17 parliamentarian.


After graduation, Anna plans to obtain a degree in agricultural business with a minor in agricultural communications. Her goal is to work as an agricultural lobbyist at the state or federal level.


Throughout the next year, Anna will participate in various events in the pork industry. At the end of the program, she will receive a $1,000 scholarship, payable to a technical school, community college or four-year university.


Qualified applicants must be involved in the pork industry or the son/daughter of a parent or guardian involved in the pork industry, and between their senior year of high school and sophomore year of college as of January 1, 2016.


The Missouri Youth Pork Ambassador program combines a scholarship opportunity with the chance to actively participate in Missouri’s pork industry. It provides an opportunity for youth to develop strong relationships with both pork producers and allied industry members, while improving communication and leadership skills.


The Missouri Pork Association represents the state’s pork producers in the areas of promotion, research, education and legislation. For more information about this or any other programs of the Missouri Pork Association, go to, or call the Missouri Pork Association office at (573) 445-8375.


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