Education & Agriculture

Eggerman ClaireClaire Eggerman     Two students from the freshman class at Missouri State University have been selected to represent the William H. Darr College of Agriculture and travel this month to Taiwan. Claire Eggerman of Carlyle and Elizabeth Knipp of Tipton, Missouri, will join four other students selected from Kansas State University and Nebraska to serve as agricultural student ambassadors visiting two of Taiwan's agricultural universities, in addition to other agriculture industries and landmarks.
    Leaving the week of Nov. 19, Claire and Elizabeth will begin their travel in Taipei and travel to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A large portion of their travels will be spent interacting with Taiwanese ag students in classes on various campuses. One highlight of their journey will be participating in a flag-raising ceremony and greeting at the university's stadium complex.
    Claire is the daughter of Mike and Kim Eggerman of Carlyle. She is a freshman at Missouri State University with a double major in agriculture education and agriculture communications. Claire is involved in CRU, the Lutheran Student Center, Sigma Alpha, Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow, The Diversity and Inclusion in Agriculture Committee, and Collegiate Farm Bureau.
    The William H. Darr College of Agriculture integrates excellence in teaching, service and research into everything they do. Students have opportunities to choose from a diverse range of agricultural disciplines through courses that provide specialization along with broad-based knowledge.
    Whether through internships, laboratory experiences or research opportunities, the College of Agriculture provides hands-on learning opportunities that expand a working knowledge of agriculture issues. Students develop into agriculture professionals, ready to serve their community and industry.

Lance GoebelDamiansville teacher Tiffany Graham and Lance Goebel.    Lance Goebel, an eighth-grader at Damiansville Elementary School, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the New Baden Lions Club.
    Goebel’s poster was among more than 600,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 30th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.
    “Without peace we cannot come together as a brotherhood to help others in need,” the 13-year-old from Damiansville said. The poster was selected for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “The Future of Peace.” The judging was held on Nov. 7 in Damiansville.
    New Baden Lions Club president Robert Oestringer said he was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students at Damiansville Elementary. “It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them. I’m so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions.”
    “Goebel’s poster will advance to face stiff competition through districts, multiple district and international rounds of competition if he is to be declared the international grand prize winner,” Oestringer said.
    One grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of $5,000, plus a trip for the winner and two family members to an award ceremony. The 23 merit award winners will receive a certificate and cash award of $500.
    “Our club is cheering for Lance as his poster advances in the competition, and we hope that his vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world,” Oestringer said.
    Lance’s parents are Donna and Brent Goebel of Damiansville.

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