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Source: Kelly McGuire, kmcguire@k-state.edu

Friday, April 24, 2009

STUDENTS WIN HONORS AT K-STATE'S LITTLE AMERICAN ROYAL

MANHATTAN -- Several Kansas State University students earned honors for their livestock fitting and showmanship skills at K-State's 81st annual Little American Royal. The event was part of the All-University Open House April 18 at K-State.

Modeled after the annual American Royal Livestock Show in Kansas City, Mo., the Little American Royal is sponsored by K-State's Block and Bridle chapter and Dairy Science Club. The show is an opportunity for students, of any major, to learn or brush-up on their livestock showmanship skills. Participants are assigned university-owned livestock and are judged on how well they groom and train them.

In addition to the showmanship awards, two $100 scholarships were presented. This year's show was dedicated to Melvin Hunt, a longtime K-State professor of food science and industry.

K-State students earning honors at the Little American Royal include:

Lauren Davis, sophomore in family studies and human services, Abilene, novice champion in beef heifers.

From Manhattan: Dustin O'Neil, junior in animal sciences and industry, reserve champion and herdsman award, both in swine; Maria Stevens, senior in biological systems engineering, reserve champions in beef heifers; and Laura Storms, junior in food science and industry, reserve champion in dairy heifers.

Amanda Pederson, freshman in animal sciences and industry, St. Marys, herdsman award in horses; Kyla Clawson, sophomore in agricultural economics and animal sciences and industry, Satanta, $100 scholarship, and champion and herdsman award in beef heifers; Leo Becker, junior in animal sciences and industry, Shawnee, reserve champion in horses; and Brandi Brill, sophomore in animal sciences and industry, Wellington, herdsman award in sheep.

From out of state:

Jenna Dockweiler, junior in animal sciences and industry, Encinitas, Calif., novice champion in sheep; Lauren Schiller, junior in animal sciences and industry, Woodbury, Conn., champion in horses; Danielle Hill, sophomore in animal sciences and industry, Winnebago, Ill., novice champion in dairy heifers; Lindsay Gardner, senior in animal sciences and industry, Scottsburg, Ind., champion in sheep.

From Nebraska: Cassandra Dutcher, sophomore in animal sciences and industry, Humboldt, champion in dairy heifers; Maura Cornell, junior in animal sciences and industry, Omaha, $100 scholarship; Shannon Goedeken, freshman in animal sciences and industry, Platte Center, herdsman award in dairy heifers; and Megan Okeson, sophomore in animal sciences and industry, Plattsmouth, novice champion in horses.

Becky Wical, senior in animal sciences and industry, Lebanon, Ohio, champion in swine; and Austin DeZeeuw, freshman in animal sciences and industry, Elkton, S.D., reserve champion in sheep.