2019 MDTA Scholarship Awarded

The Missouri Dump Truckers Association has awarded four $1,000 scholarships for the 2018-2019 collegiate year. The four recipients include: Austin Buchheit, son of Andrea and Donald Buchheit, Jr. of Foristell; MiKayla Engemann, daughter of Cathy and Tom Engemann, of Rhineland; Bria Hasenjaeger, daughter of Linda and Darrell Hasenjaeger, of Marthasville; and Darby Joerling, daughter of Todd and Brandee Joerling of Defiance.

Austin Buchheit is a 2016 graduate of Wright City High School. Austin currently attends the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla studying Mechanical Engineering. He hopes to work as a Project Engineer at Mechanical Dynamics & Analysis, Ltd. (MD&A), leading the repair of turbine rotors and generator fields.

MiKayla Engemann is a 2015 graduate of Hermann High School. MiKayla is currently attending the University of Missouri-Columbia pursuing a Plant Science degree with an emphasis in Crop Management. Her future career plans are to become a Crop Consultant after graduating in May 2019.

Bria Hasenjaeger is a 2018 graduate of Washington High School. Bria plans to attend Missouri State University and work towards a bachelor degree in elementary education aspiring to maintain a 3.5 GPA. After college, she desires to have a job she loves and will be excited to go to every day.

Darby Joerling is a 2016 graduate of Francis Howell High School. Darby currently attends the Missouri State University and is pursuing an Exercise and Movement Science, Pre-Professional degree. Her passion is helping others through a career in Occupational Therapy.

Austin Buchheit

Austin BuchheitAustin is a student at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he is currently studying Mechanical Engineering. He hopes to work as a Project Engineer at Mechanical Dynamics & Analysis, Ltd. (MD&A), leading the repair of turbine rotors and generator fields. His current college GPA is 3.29 on a 4.0 scale. Austin graduated from Wright City High School with a 4.03 GPA.

Extracurricular Activities:

S&T Trap & Skeet (2016-Present)
Newman Center (2016-Present)
Wright City HS Football (2012-1016)
Wright City HS Track (2014-2015)
National Honor Society (2013-2016)
Officer-Student Ambassador (2015-2016)
St. Patrick Parish Youth Group (2012-2016)

Honors and Awards:

Football Team Captain (2014-2016)
Football All-Conference/District (2014-2016)
Football All Area (2014-2016)
All-Area Defensive Player of the Year (2016)
Academic All-State (2012-2016)
Student of the Year (2012-2016)
Summa Cum Laude
STL Post Dispatch Scholar Athlete (2016)

Community/Service Activities:
Wright City Easter Egg Hunt Volunteer (2013-2017)

Work Experience:

Austin worked as an intern at MD&A as a Quality Engineer in the summer of 2017. He is still employed with MD&A Repairs as a Quality Engineer working weekends when the school schedule permits. Austin also cuts and sells firewood.


MiKayla Engemann MiKayla Engemann

MiKayla is a student at the University of Missouri – Columbia, where she is pursuing a Plant Science degree with an emphasis in Crop Management. MiKayla hopes to become a Crop Consultant after graduating in May 2019. Her current college GPA is a 3.39 on 4.0 scale. MiKayla graduated from Hermann High School with a 4.12 GPA.
Extracurricular Activities:

Organizations and Offices Held:

Mizzou Agronomy Club      2017-2018

  • Member
  • Reporter and Social Media Chair (current)

The Agronomy Club consists of Plant Science, Soil Science, ASM majors and many more. They try to get their members active in an Agronomy scene. They bring in speakers from different companies such as Monsanto, Pioneer, ADM, etc as well as professors who talk about different parts of the Plant Science community. They go on tours, such as a tour of Monsanto in the spring. Also, they go to a regional conference, SAES, which MiKayla will be attending this spring. The Club does volunteer work and volunteer their time to CAFNR for learning days at University farms. As a small group, they try to do as much as they can in the Agriculture and Plant Science community.

CAFNR Week Steering Committee  2016 & 2017

  • Member on the Philanthropy subcommittee in 2016
  • Account Executive (serve as one of the heads of the committee) in 2017

We put on a week that is for students of CAFNR (College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources) to help bring everyone together. We put on fun events such as Mud Volleyball, Trivia Night, Comedy Night, a Concert at the Blue Note, a CAFNR Alumni Bonfire, and many more events. This is to try to bring all of our college together which is kind of a hard task because there are so many different fields within our college. These fields include Animal Science, Biochemistry, Division of Applied Social Sciences (Agricultural and Applied Economics, Agricultural Education and Leadership, Rural Sociology, Science and Agricultural Journalism), Food Systems and Bioengineering (Agricultural Systems Management, Bioengineering, Food Science, and Hospitality Management), Plant Sciences (Breeding, Biology & Biotechnology, Crop Management, Horticultural Science & Design, and Turf grass Science), and the School of Natural Resources (Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Fisheries and Wildlife, Forestry, Soils Sciences, and Parks, Recreation and Tourism). Needless to say this committee takes some hard work and dedication trying to figure out ways that we can get all of these different aspects of CAFNR together. We had an amazing CAFNR Week 2017 and were commended on the outstanding job by faculty, staff, students, and Deans of our college. It is such an exciting committee to be on and a prestigious one at that. There is an interview process which MiKaylahad the privilege of helping conduct. As we like to tell everyone it is just like FFA Week but on a much larger scale for thousands of students. This year MiKaylawill be helping the CAFNR StuCo put together another great week for our great college.

Mizzou Collegiate CattleWomen     2015-Present

  • Member

As a member of the Mizzou Collegiate CattleWomen we bring education about the beef industry to others on campus and around the state. We attend conferences put on by the Missouri Cattlemens Association. At those events we set up booths where we educate on different parts of the cattle industry. One of our biggest events that we put on ourselves is Meet Your Meat. This event is held in the middle of campus on Lowery Mall. We bring in a tame show steer/heifer and the Missouri Cattlemens Association brings in a food truck and grills beef steaks for sandwiches to sell. We do this because so many people have no idea where their meat from the store is coming from. We also set up tables and walk around  talking to anyone who has questions. This is a great experience for me because the beef industry is also something MiKaylaam passionate about along with the crop industry. This is because she has grown up on both a beef farm and a row crop farm.

Hermann FFA Chapter 2011-Present

  • Member
  • Secretary: 2014-2015
  • Chaplain : 2013-2014
  • Assistant Reporter : 2012-2013

All through her high school career MiKayla was heavily involved in FFA. Of course, once MiKayla graduated she wished she was even more involved. Not only was MiKayla an officer but she was involved in different competition teams. In her freshman year she was on the Knowledge Team. In her sophomore year she was on both the Parliamentary Procedure Team (Chairwoman) as well as the Entomology Team. The Entomology Team went on to state. During her junior year she was on the Poultry Team, which was a very interesting time to say the least especially since she hadn't ever had anything to do with chickens and neither did her teammates. Finally, during her senior year she was on the Farm Management Team which she excelled on. They made it all the way to state placing 6th overall. This is one reason MiKayla decided to minor in Agriculture Economics. She is still a member of the Hermann FFA Chapter and has just recently received the American Degree which is the highest award/honor to receive in the FFA Organization. MiKayla thanks FFA for helping her decide the path that she chose to pursue in college. She also thanks Mrs. Vedder for her Greenhouse class where MiKayla got hands on experience with different plants than she did on the farm. Thanks to her and her research project, MiKayla decided that she wanted to be in the Plant Science field instead of the Medical field. FFA is one of the reasons that she is in the Agriculture field today.

Big Spring Busy Beavers 4-H Club 2004-2015

  • Member
  • President: 2013-2015
  • Council Representative : 2013-2015
  • Treasurer: 2012-2013; 2009-2011
  • Reporter: 2011 -2012
  • Help with Volunteering for Arts & Crafts Project Group

MiKayla has always been involved in 4-H. She was in as many project groups as she possibly could. These included Cake Decorating, Arts & Crafts, Photography, Woodworking, Welding, Baking, Foods, Hams, Beef, etc. Throughout all of those years she would put as many projects in the fair as she possibly could. Along with the projects she was dedicated to her club. MiKayla held an office from 2009 until she graduated in 2015. MiKayla is still helping with the Arts & Crafts project group. She hopes to be able to help volunteer with other project groups as well.

Class of 2015 Treasurer     2011-Present

  • Nominated to be Class Treasurer in 2011
  • Voted in from 2012-2015

MiKayla was in charge of collecting class dues all throughout high school. Along with dues, in her junior year she was in charge of heading a portion of the prom committee. Since she was elected again her senior year she will always will be the Class of 2015's Treasurer. Along with that, she will be helping put together the class reunion in 2020.

National Honor Society            2012-2015

  • Member

While MiKayla was a member of the National Honor Society in High School, they volunteered for many things around the community. They helped clean up along roads and offered their time for other events around the town.

Basketball        2011-2015

  • Junior Varsity Team Captain Sophomore Year
  • 3rd Place State team Junior Year

Through MiKayla’s basketball years she was able to learn the value of patients and teamwork. These have both helped her in college where they work more and more on group projects and understanding bigger, broader aspects. She misses playing basketball but goes back as much as she can to support the team at their games.

Honors and Awards:

University of Missouri – Columbia

Mizzou CAFNR Dean’s List (Fall 2015 & 2017, Spring 2017)
FFA: Chapter Leadership Award-2012 & 2014, Chapter Scholarship Award-2012-2014, Star FFA Chapter Farmer Award-2013, State FFA Degree-2015, American FFA Degree-2016

Community and Other Activities:

School. Church, and Community Activities:

MiKayla has been active in her schools, church, and community over the years. Within high school MiKayla was very active in different clubs such as FFA and National Honor Society. She also played basketball all four years of high school. During her freshman year she travelled to Joplin to help paint a house that had been built after the homeowner's home was destroyed by the tornado. So far, in college, MiKayla has been involved in the CAFNR Week Steering Committee, Agronomy Club, as well as Collegiate CattleWomen. With these clubs she has been very active and busy with weekly meetings. During CAFNR Week MiKayla was on a mud volleyball team as well as attended all other events during the week. With Collegiate CattleWomen, MiKayla was a part of the club's Meet Your Meat event every year. They bring in live show heifers, a ribeye lunch, and activities to help those who may not be familiar see first hand where their food comes. In 2018, the Agronomy Club is going to have a day where they go and help at the Food Bank put together bags for the less fortunate. MiKayla has participated in church activities through the St. George Catholic Church parish. These things include cooking for the Smorgasboard, cleaning tables and filling drinks at Fish Frys, and helping set up the nativity scene for advent. MiKayla has helped volunteer for many things within our community. Some of them include running the clock and concessions for St. George School, working concessions for Hermann Middle School and High School, volunteering in the Art classroom during summer school, setting up for the Wurstfest judging for the Hermann Chamber of Commerce, and numerous other times for events around town.

Work Activity:

While pursing her educational degree, MiKayla works at the MU Greenhouses to help with her expenses. MiKayla goes home every weekend to help on the family farm and around the home. She helps feed and work cattle (tag calves & cows, help give medications, pull calves, move cattle, etc.).  She also helps cut wood for the furnace. She helps with housework/chores such as cleaning and laundry. She also runs equipment such as tractors, cultivators, rippers, the planter and the combine.


Bria Hasenjaeger

Bria HasenjaegerAs a 2018 graduate of Washington High School, Bria achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.959. Bria aspires to attend the Missouri State University in the Fall of 2018 and work towards a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Bria has worked hard during her high school career to be eligible for many different opportunities.

Extracurricular Activities:

Bria was a part of the leadership at Washington High School as captain of the varsity girl’s basketball team. Bria has consistently been a leading student academically, driven athletically and has never hesitated to be involved in her school and community.

  • Basketball: 9th-12th
  • Softball: 9th-10th
  • Golf: 11th-12th
  • Baseball Manager: 9th-12th
  • Student Council: 9th-12th (Secretary: 12th)
  • Leadership Class: 11th-12th
  • DECA: 10th-11th
  • MU Alpha Theta: 12th
  • Renaissance Member: 9th-12th
  • National Honor Society: 12th
  • Junior Optimist: 11th
  • FBLA: 12th

Honors and Awards:

  • A Honor Roll: 9th-12th
  • Basketball, Softball and Golf Academic All-Conference: 9th-12th
  • Academic All-State: 12th
  • Golf GAC All-Conference: 12th
  • Basketball and Golf Team Captain: 12th
  • Selected for membership in National Society of High School Scholars: 12th

Community and Other Activities:

  • Relay for Life Camp Counselor: 9th-12th
  • Mr. WHS Chairperson: 11th-12th
  • All Abilities Athlectics: 12th
  • Red Ribbon Week Speaker: 12th
  • WHS Blood drive Chairperson: 12th
  • St. Paul UCC VBS Leader: 9th-11th
  • St. Vincent’s de Paul dinner kitchen crew: 9th-12th
  • Family Reading Night: 9th

Work Activity:

Bria worked at Montelle Winery as a deli worker from August to November 2017. From 2014 to the present, Bria babysits and nannies for families; house cleaner biweekly and cleans the office/shop at Hasenjaeger Trucking along with other various jobs.


Darby Joerling

Darby JoerlingDarby is a student at the Missouri State University where she is currently studying Exercise and Movement Science, Pre-Professional degree to pursue  her passion of helping others through a career in Occupational Therapy. Her current college GPA is 3.85 on a 4.0 scale. Darby graduated from Francis Howell High School.

Extracurricular Activities:

The MSU softball team has taught Darby about work ethic, facing adversity and leadership which are skills that can help her excel in all areas of life.
This is Darby’s second year being a part of the Missouri State Softball team. Darby is also a member of MSU’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Honors and Awards:

As a member, the MSU Softball team was awarded the highest team GPA on campus for the 2016-2017 year. They were also ranked second in the nation for team GPA. Darby has also made MSU’s Dean List for fall 2016, spring 2017 and fall 2017.

Community and Other Activities:

Every fall, Darby and the softball team volunteer as “buddies” for Miracle League where they play baseball with kids with disabilities. Darby volunteers with Friends of Kids with cancer often and volunteer at St. Louis Children’s Hospital during Christmas.

Work Activity:

Darby firmly believes in service, especially when it comes to family. I constantly help around my parent’s house with yard work, cleaning or putting up/taking down decorations. Darby feels blessed to still have her grandma in her life and she would help her take care of her old house before she moved into a smaller home. Darby helped her with her yard work and manage her garden. Today, Darby still helps her with tasks around her smaller house.