Columbia, Mo.—Katelyn Robinson, a senior at the University of Missouri High School, has been selected as one of the 2018 Missouri Pork Association Youth Pork Ambassadors. Her selection was announced during the 2018 Missouri Pork Expo on February 6 in Columbia.
Katelyn is the daughter of Eddie and Tammy Robinson of Wellsville. She is currently employed part time at her church as a nursery attendant. She also works on the family farm where she is responsible for cleaning and bedding pens, moving pigs, and helping with farrowing. She is currently learning and excelling with her Duroc herd.
During the summer, Katelyn is responsible for taking care of show pigs, including feeding, walking, washing, grooming and keeping up with their overall health. Katelyn and her family enjoy showing together.
Katelyn is a member of the Coon Creek Cronies 4-H Club, and was president from 2016-2017. She has been involved in the MPA Youth Show Pig Circuit and has shown at the Missouri State Fair, receiving the Champion 4-H Duroc Gilt in 2017. She is also a member of the National Junior Swine Association, where she was Champion in the Intermediate Skill-a-thon and received 9th Overall Bred and Owned Duroc Gilt at the World Pork Expo, both in 2017.
She is a member of the University of Missouri High School Math Club and was a 2017 Missouri Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Essay Winner.
After graduation, Katelyn will attend the University of Missouri in Columbia where she plans to major in animal science with a concentration in either swine genetics or feed nutrition.
Throughout the next year, Katelyn 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, 2018.