2020 MDTA Scholarship Awarded

The Missouri Dump Truckers Association has awarded four $1,000 scholarships for the 2019-2020 collegiate year. The four recipients include: Austin Buchheit, son of Andrea and Donald Buchheit, Jr. of Foristell; Emily Engemann, daughter of Melissa and Tim Engemann of Hermann; Darby Joerling, daughter of Brandee and Todd Joerling of Defiance; and Haley Ohrenberg, daughter of Kim and Robert Ohrenberg of Raymore.

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.

Emily Engemann is a 2017 graduate of Hermann High School. Emily currently is a Junior at Central Methodist University in Fayette studying Pre-Education and Elementary Education. She is majoring in elementary education, in hopes of becoming an elementary school teacher.

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.

Haley Ohrenberg is graduating in May 2019 from Wichita State University. Haley plans to attend Metropolitan Community College-Longview for two years to complete general education courses and then plans to transfer to Wichita State University to major in forensic science. After completing college, she plans on becoming a crime scene investigator for a local police department.

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 3.43 on a 4.0 scale. Austin graduated from Wright City High School with a 4.02 GPA.

Extracurricular Activities:

Mechanical Engineering Honor Society (“Pi Tau Sigma” 2018); S&T Trap & Skeet (2016-2018); Newman Center (2016-Present); Wright City HS Football (2012-1016); Wright City HS Track (2014-2015); Wright City HS National Honor Society (2013-2016); Officer-Student Ambassador (2015-2016); St. Patrick Parish Youth Group (2012-2016)

Honors and Awards:

College Dean’s List (2016-2018); Wright City HS-Student of the Year (2012-2016); Wright City HS-Academic All-State (2012-2016); Wright City HS-Football All Area (2014-2016); Wright City HS-All-Area Defensive Player of the Year (2016); Wright City HS-Football Team Captain (2014-2016); Wright City HS-Football All-Conference/District (2014-2016); Wright City HS-Summa Cum Laude; STL Post Dispatch Scholar Athlete (2016)

Community/Service Activities:

Wright City Easter Egg Hunt Volunteer (2013-2017); Various Project Graduation Fundraisers (2016)

Work Experience:
Austin worked as an intern at MD&A as a Quality Engineer in the summer of 2017 and 2018 and plans to return in 2019. He is still employed with MD&A Repairs as a Quality Engineer working weekends, breaks and summers when the school schedule permits. Austin was placed in their Generator Specialist training program where he will be taught how to manage repair of large power generation machinery.  Austin also cuts and sells firewood.

Austin has been able to pay his tuition in full by working through school and breaks. Austin appreciates this scholarship as it has greatly helped to achieve his goal of graduating from college debt free.


Emily Engemann

Emily EngemannEmily is a Junior at Central Methodist University majoring in Education. Emily graduated from Hermann High School in Spring of 2017. Emily wants to be a school teacher because she loves being around children and aspires to be a role model for many of them. Her college GPA is 3.941 on a 4.0 scale.

Extracurricular Activities:

College: Varsity Women’s Basketball: 2 years; Student Missouri State Teachers Association: 2 years; National Society of Leadership and Service: 2years; Freshman National Honors Society: 1 year; Champions of Character: 1 year.

High School: Varsity Basketball: 4 years, captain 2 of those years; Varsity Volleyball: 4 years; Future Farmers of America (FFA): 3 years; Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA): 3 years, Vice President 1 year; Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA): 1 year; Future Teachers of America (FTA): 3 years, President 1 year; National Honors Society (NHS): 3 years, ; Varsity H: 4 years, President 1 year; Parish School Religion: 2 years; Student Council: 2 years; 4-H: 8 years, Reporter and Secretary 1 year.

Honors and Awards:

College: Women’s Basketball: Conference Championship 2018, Placed 8th at the 2018 National Basketball Tournament; School: Endowed Scholarship recipient 2018, Dean’s list for two years.

High School: Future Farmers of America: Greenhand Pin and Chapter Pin; National Honors Society: Recognition Pin; Varsity H: Basketball State Championship 3rd Place, Volleyball State Championship 2nd Place, Academic All-Conference, Academic All-State, Academic Letter (4 years), All-Team Montgomery Tournament; 4-H: Rabbit Showmanship; School: 100% attendance, A honor Roll, Lloyd Stock Award

Community/Service Activities:

College: In college Emily volunteers with a team at the local food pantry in Fayette, Mo.  They also go to the food bank in Columbia, Mo to bag food.  She participated in Screen Fee Night at Central Methodist, promoting children to stay off their phone by creating a fun activity for the children to do.  When she can, she volunteers at St. George Catholic Church during dinners.

High School: In high school Emily volunteered at church fish fries, participated in 4-H trash pick-up, assisted coaching for middle school volleyball, tutored elementary children and mowed the grass at St. Anthony’s Church.

Work Experience:

Emily is a college athlete so it is challenging to hold a full-time job. When she comes home on the weekends she helps feed the cows on the family farm. When it is possible, Emily helps at the pheasant hunting club her father manages by soring paper work and organizing the food for the day. The past summers she has been a lifeguard at the pool in Hermann, cashiered in a local store and had an internship with the Conservation of Soil and Water in Montgomery City.

Emily Engemann is a very outgoing person who keeps fellow students on task and is a peer leader in her classes.


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 3.89 on a 4.0 scale. Darby graduated from Francis Howell High School.

Extracurricular Activities:

Missouri State Softball Team, 3 years, voted most influential teammate
MSU Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 3 years, team leader
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2 years

Honors and Awards:

Dean’s List (every semester, as applicable)
Becky Duffin Heart Award (MSU Softball Award)
Top MSU Athletic Team Overall GPA
2nd in the Nation for D1 Softball Team GPA
NFCA Scholar-Athlete, MVC Honor Roll, MSU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award

Community and Other Activities:

My new community is Springfield, Mo. and she loves going out and giving back/contributing as a new member.  She volunteers at the Bass Pro Marathon Run every November and Miracle League as a buddy to kids with disabilities every fall.

Work Activity:

Darby fully believes in giving back and contributing when she can. When she is at home, she actively volunteers with Friends of Kids with Cancer. She continues to assist her grandma in town with house activities and lawn duties. She helps her father with outdoor work such as cutting firewood. Darby helps her mother in her classroom with arrangements or grading.

Darby’s Associate Head Coach said, Darby is our best role model. She is attentive to details both in the classroom and on the field.  She is thoughtful and caring. She leads by example by doing the right things all the time.  Her character is impeccable and her peers respect her very much. Because of her hard work and dedication, she will be your brightest example. Darby is deserving of this scholarship because of her dedication to achieving academic success. Her college GPA of 3.89 demonstrates her commitment to excellence.


Haley Ohrenberg

Haley OhrenbergHaley will graduate in May 2019 from Raymore Peculiar High School with a 3.24 GPA. Haley plans to attend Metropolitan Community College-Longview for two years to complete general education courses. She plans to transfer to Wichita State University to major in Forensic Science. After college, she plans to become a crime scene investigator for a local police department.

Extracurricular Activities:

SkillsUSA, 2017-Present; Competitive Softball, 2008-2018; Missouri Scholars A+ Program, 2014-Present.

Honors and Awards:

Missouri State Skills USA Crime Scene Investigation Champion, 2018; Honor Roll, School Years of 2013-2014 and 2014-2015; Principal’s Honor Roll, School Years of 2014-2015 and 2018-2019.