Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet Emily Adams.
Emily was selected as the 2019 Buck Rogers Memorial Scholarship recipient
Emily hails from Centralia, MO and is entering her final year of study at the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia. Emily is studying science and agricultural journalism with an emphasis in environmental issues.
Emily has written feature stories and covered breaking news for the Columbia Missourian daily newspaper, and has served as editor and as social media coordinator for several outlets.
Congratulations, Emily! It's an honor to have you as a part of the Missouri Outdoor Communicators.
Let's all give Emily a warm welcome at Bunker Hill.
Here's a little bit about our scholarship winner, in her own words:
My first published story was on the resurgence of bear populations in Missouri. I spoke with a middle-aged conservation agent whose face lit up when he talked about bears. His job required him to wake up before sunrise but he was still excited to go to work each day.
Later I would interview Mike Trial, a retired engineer who grows black walnut trees. Trial waited for years to harvest a single tree. When I asked him why it was worth the wait, he said he simply enjoyed the time he spent outside protecting the natural ecosystems on his property.
Like the conservation agent and the walnut farmer, working in nature gives me a deep sense of satisfaction. It's this feeling that motivates me to keep writing.
My goal is to become a better editor and sharpen my attention to detail before I graduate next year. I've already used some of the skills I've learned while reporting for the Columbia Missourian and editing stories for Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.
In my career, I want to continue to focus on telling quality stories. I hope that they will spread the same satisfaction and happiness to others that the outdoors has given me.
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