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AFS Spring Awards Banquet highlights academic, extracurricular performance

AFS Spring Awards Banquet highlights academic, extracurricular performance

Outstanding academic and extracurricular performance by members of Tech’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences was in the spotlight on Saturday (Apr. 12) at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center. Hosted by the Block and Bridle Club and the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, more than 300 students, faculty, staff, parents and supporters attended the annual event.

Among the evening’s highlights was recognition of the judging and competitive teams. The 2013 National Championship Meat Judging Team was awarded trophy belt buckles and the 2013 National Champion Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team was awarded Texas Tech watches. Individual awards to members of the teams were also given.

The Meat Judging Team awarded:

  • Doug Hardison Memorial Outstanding Judge AwardChristy Woerner
  • Markus F. Miller Spirit and Motivation AwardColton Campbell
  • 1996 Team Scholarship AwardAustin Langemeier
  • Katie Robinson Perseverance AwardsKassandra Ognoskie

The Livestock Judging Team awarded the Jerry Hawkins Memorial Livestock Judging Award to Dan Crownover. The Bruce Lawrence Family received the first annual “Sixth Man Award” from the livestock judging team members in appreciation for the support their family has shown the program. The Meat Animal Evaluation, Equestrian, Horse Judging, and Wool Judging Teams were also recognized.

The evening also recognized outstanding individual performances. Among those honored were:

  • Outstanding AFS PhD StudentJerilyn Hergenreder
  • Outstanding AFS MS StudentAlex Thompson
  • Bob Albin Graduate Research Awards – PhD: Cara Wessels (1st), Alex Brandt (2nd), Jerilyn Hergenreder (3rd). M.S.: Clay Burson (1st), Nathan Pond (2nd), Cody Sultenfuss (3rd). Undergraduate: Erin Castelli (1st), Amanda Gray (2nd), Pedro Ricardo Ballavenuto Campanili (3rd)
  • San Antonio Livestock Exposition Graduate Student AwardLoni Woolley
  • Outstanding Meat Science Graduate StudentRand Broadway
  • Outstanding Animal Science & Department SeniorTaylor Powell
  • Outstanding Senior Academic Achievement AwardsTanner Adams, Caetlyn Avant, Cara Finstad, Amy Gulick, Bo Hutto, Emily Jackson, Samantha Martinez, Stacie McKinney, Megan Nazworth, Taylor Powell, Jordan Richburg, Heather Rode and Jodi Rowe
  • Senior Leadership AwardsTanner Adams, Steven Ebeling, Bo Hutto, Emily Jackson, Valerie Manning, Megan Nazworth, Samantha Piercy, Taylor Powell and Heather Rode

The department also honored seven international interns and their mentors who are part of the SOWER (Sustaining Our World through Education and Research) Program established by the International Center for Food Industry Excellence. The program is designed to support international students and faculty who have a passion for meeting global agriculture needs.

  • 2013 InternsSusana Andrade, Coranyi Banegas, Andrea Chica, Alvaro Gustavo Garcia, Ximena Paz, Olga Gabriela Perez, Dany Rivas, Fernando Vargas and Cindy Ventura.

Separately, the Block and Bridle Club recognized winners in the Little International Showmanship contest in each respective division:

  • CattleJacob McKillip (Novice) and Lauren Grainger (Expert)
  • SwineBryce Winfrey (Novice) and Austin Langemeier (Expert)
  • GoatBrittany Blum (Novice) and Audrey Turner (Expert)
  • SheepTaylor Frank (Novice) and Gabe Jennings (Expert)
  • Overall Showman, Taylor Frank, awarded a trophy belt buckle

Meantime, Outstanding Service Awards were presented to members Cassie Godwin, Madison Langemeier, Ty Tubbs and Sydney Witte. Valerie Manning received the prestigious Workhorse Award.

Reporting by Moriah Beyers

CONTACT: Michael Orth, chairman, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2805 or



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