Getting to Know the Class of 2018: Emily Saeugling

Senior Spotlight featuring Emily Saeugling


Grace Clay

Emily Saeugling is a Jill of many trades. You’ve probably seen her running in a cross country meet, calling a Student Council meeting to order with the tap of her gavel, or showing livestock at the Cass County Fair. She has a passion for everything she does. In her free time, Saeugling enjoys running, reading or catching up on her favorite Netflix shows: Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls and Friends.

When Saeugling was younger, she dreamed of being a landscape architect or interior designer. Even in preschool, she said she remembers coming home and eating lunch with her mom while watching their favorite show on HGTV. Scrapbooking, sewing and all things crafty were high on Saeugling’s radar as a child.

When she was in sixth grade, a family friend gave Saeugling and her brothers the opportunity to keep show calves on their farm. She began spending less time thinking about wall colors and accent pillows and more time thinking about “cows, cows and more cows.” This helped lead Saeugling to join her favorite organization, FFA. By joining FFA, she has had the opportunity to do many things, including attending the Iowa Youth Institute, serve as the 2017 Cass County Beef Queen and become an Iowa Beef Ambassador. While being a queen sets high standards, Saeugling said her proudest accomplishment is either winning the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation Beef Extravaganza with Cale Pellett or winning the Public Speaking CDE at the Iowa FFA Convention and being selected to compete at Nationals.

After high school, Saeugling plans to attend Iowa State University to major in Animal Science. Eventually, she’d like to attend law school and work in agricultural law. Her choice of college is no surprise as her parents and oldest brother Wyatt are Iowa State University alum and her brother Clayton is currently attending the university as well.

While the future is unknown, one thing is for certain—Saeugling’s passion for agriculture will remain steadfast in her life. She’s sure her favorite place will always be in a pasture full of cows with a cup of coffee in hand.