The Missy North Memorial Scholarship
The Missy North Memorial Scholarship was created to honor the late Missy North, wife of Missouri pork producer Bob North. She loved raising pigs, and was very active in the industry. Bob and his family are making the scholarship available to a deserving student aspiring to play a role in the pork industry. They are partnering with the Missouri Pork Association to select candidates. A scholarship in the amount of $2,500 was awarded at the Missouri Pork Expo on February 6, 2018.
The 2018 winner was Baleigh Raef, a freshman at the College of the Ozarks from Lebanon. Baleigh is the daughter of Glenn and Jennifer Raef of Lebanon, Missouri. She has shown both market and breeding hogs at local fairs for the past 17 years. In high school, she began raising and selling hogs to local 4-H and FFA members as part of her FFA Supervised Agriculture Experience Project. She was the Missouri FFA Area 10 winner of the Swine Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award in 2016.
While in high school, Baleigh was actively involved in her FFA and 4-H chapter. She was historian (2014-2015), treasurer (2015-2016) and president (2016-2017) of the Lebanon FFA and a member of the Laclede Co. Aggies 4-H Club from 2006 to 2017—she was president for the last 8 years. Baleigh participated in the Missouri Agribusiness Academy in 2015. She is currently a member of the College of the Ozarks Aggie Club. She works as a farm hand for Raef Farms, and for the Laclede County Fair. She also keeps the books for the Joel E. Barber C-5 School Athletics.
Baleigh is planning to graduate from the College of the Ozarks in 2021, majoring in animal science with an emphasis in swine. She hopes to pursue a career in swine production management.
Pictured above (left to right): Baleigh Raef and Sydney Tompkins, wife of MPA Board Member Gary Tompkins.