MCHS junior Izzy Freymuth named president for FFA groups

By: 
Theo Tate

Montgomery County junior Izzy Freymuth poses at the MCHS FFA Greenhouse on May 11. Freymuth was selected as the president of the Missouri FFA Area V and MCHS FFA groups for the 2021-22 school year. THEO TATE PHOTO

Izzy Freymuth has two reasons to be thrilled about her senior year at Montgomery County High School next fall.

The Bellflower resident will be the president for two different Future Farmers of America organizations in the 2021-22 school year -- the Missouri Area V FFA and the MCHS FFA.

Freymuth, a junior at MCHS, was named Area V FFA president during an awards banquet on May 5 at the MCHS gymnasium. She was inducted as the MCHS FFA president at the chapter banquet on May 21, also held at the MCHS gymnasium.

“I’m excited,” Freymuth said. “I kind of had the mindset this year that I wanted to get done with it. But I was recently at my boyfriend’s senior FFA banquet. I kind of started to tear up because next year, I’m going to be done after that. It’s only a year away.”

The Missouri Area V FFA group has 16 schools that includes Palmyra, Orchard Farm, Monroe City and Troy Buchanan.

Freymuth became the first MCHS student since Eric Queathem in 2014 to be selected on the Area V officer team.

“It was really neat because we had all of the other chapters in our area,” Freymuth said. “I knew a lot of kids from all of the chapters. So it was really cool to see all of my friends and all of the ag teachers I’ve known over the years.”

Freymuth will lead an Area V officer team that will include vice-presidents Tucker Robnett of Community R-6 and Haley Hunsell of Troy Buchanan, secretary Abigail Daskalakis of Clopton, treasurer Ennis Childs of Van-Far, reporter Alexis Koelling of Bowling Green, sentinel Allison Schneider of Silex, chaplain Ashland Higgins of Troy Buchanan and parliamentarian Natalie Kientzy of Silex.

“I was overwhelmed because they lined us all up and they called each officer position one by one,” Freymuth said. “Vice president and president were the last to be called. So it was the first vice president (Robnett) and me up there. We kind of looked at each other and we just waited for the moment for them to call one of our names. We knew who was going to be president as soon as they called the first vice-president up there. So it kind of hit me hard. I didn’t realize it until after I saw my family because it was like, ‘I just did that.’ I didn’t want to run for area office because I was nervous. When I did and I came out as president, it was very exciting.”

Freymuth has been in the MCHA FFA group since her freshman year. She was vice-president this year and secretary the year before.

“She is a very dedicated person in our FFA chapter,” MCHS FFA adviser Amanda Sullivan said. “She gets things done. She always comes up with new ideas of how to get kids involved, how to make activities more inviting to kids. She always tries to urge the younger students to do things on higher levels than just our chapter level to apply for more awards and to really help get those kids recognized for all of their hard work. Izzy does a fantastic job at that and she’s going to make a fantastic president.”

Next year, Freymuth will head an MCHS FFA officer team that will include vice-presidents Heather Stille and Hailey Terry, secretaries Gunner Sexton and Brianne West, treasurer Cora Johnson, reporter Carie Schroer, sentinel Josh Gilbert, historian Shea Stille and parliamentarian Presley Schluss.

Freymuth said getting selected as the school’s FFA president was a goal of hers since she was an eighth-grade student at St. Alphonsus School.

“In Catholic school, there were four kids in my grade,” the senior said. “So we were all going to different high schools and we didn’t know anyone in our high schools that we were going to. Our principal, who was also our teacher, made us set goals. I made a goal that I wanted to be active in FFA and I said I wanted to be the president in my senior year. I didn’t think that was actually going to happen, but it did. I’m very excited.”

Freymuth has been involved in agriculture since she started raising sheep at age 9. Earlier this year, she won a first-place proficiency award for sheep production.

“I really enjoy showing sheep,” Freymuth said. “I show sheep at state and national levels. I also raised and sold show-ins to other kids. This year, I actually have lambs that I showed and they’re going to be shown at the Lincoln, Warren and Montgomery county fairs as well as to a bunch of different kids in each county.”

 

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