By: Griffin Anderson, Contributing Writer
Jenna Hasekamp, CHS senior, has signed to continue her academic and livestock judging career at North Central Missouri College (NCMC) in Trenton, Missouri.
“It felt right as soon as I walked on campus. I really liked how their farm was set up and all the different programs and certificates they offer,” said Hasekamp.
As a freshman, Hasekamp will be at all of the practices and compete at some freshmen- level contests. If there is an opening on the sophomore team, and if she is one of the top freshmen, then she will get to compete with the sophomores as well.
Hasekamp has many aspects that she enjoys about livestock judging.
“I really like going to the contests and looking at all of the different animals and picking them apart, finding their good points and then their bad points. One thing that I really like about judging is when you get to go to a national competition, you get to judge really good quality animals. It just makes the process so much better,” said Hasekamp.
Hasekamp said one of the hardest parts of livestock judging is that each year the standards for each species change. She said it is hard to make that adjustment every year.
Hasekamp appreciates that Mr. Scott Stone, CHS agriculture teacher and head FFA adviser, pushes the whole team to be better. David and Kathy Hasekamp, her parents, have been her biggest supporters over the years. She also has the support of her three brothers: Cody, Sam and Seth.
Hasekamp’s academic plans at NCMC include earning her general agriculture degree with an emphasis in animal nutrition. After her time at NCMC, she would like to transfer to the University of Missouri to get a degree in animal nutrition, and she would like to be on their livestock judging team. Eventually, Hasekamp would like to open her own feed store and continue to improve her own cattle and sheep genetics.
One day, Hasekamp would like to start judging locally and hopes that one day she will be given the opportunity to judge a national show.