AFS Spring Awards Banquet highlights academic, extracurricular performance
Outstanding student academic and extracurricular performance was in the spotlight April 18 at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture. Over 275 students, faculty, staff, parents and supporters attended the annual event hosted by the Block and Bridle Club and the Department of Animal and Food Sciences.
Among the evening's highlights was recognition of the judging and competitive teams. Individual awards to members of the teams were also given.
The Meat Judging Team awarded:
- Doug Hardison Memorial Outstanding Judge Award - Zachary Grimsley
- Markus F. Miller Spirit and Motivation Award - Chad Vander Linden
- 1996 Team Scholarship Award - Jeremy Garcia
- Katie Robinson Perseverance Awards - Kaitlyn Farmer
The Livestock Judging Team awarded the Jerry Hawkins Memorial Livestock Judging Award to Ian Schaefer. Stanley Young received the annual "Sixth Man Award" from the livestock judging team members in appreciation for the support he has shown the program. The Academic Quadrathalon, Meat Animal Evaluation, Rodeo, Ranch Horse, Equestrian, Horse Judging, and Wool Judging Teams were also recognized.
The evening also recognized outstanding individual performances. Among those honored were:
- Bob Albin Graduate Research Awards - PhD: Guilherme Picinin (1st), Nathan Tapp (2nd), Diana Ayala (3rd). M.S.: Maria Bueso (1st), Jessica Baggerman (2nd), Whitney Stuart (3rd). Undergraduate: Annmarie Endsley (1st), Hailey Wooten (2nd), Megan Phillips (3rd). S.O.W.E.R Division: Diego Casas (1st), Luis Castellanos (2nd), Rafael Quijada(3rd).
- San Antonio Livestock Exposition Graduate Student Award - Nathan Tapp
- Outstanding Meat Science Graduate Student - Keelyn Hanlon
- Outstanding Masters Student- Jessica Baggerman
- Outstanding PhD Student- Jessie Vipham
- Outstanding Food Science- Sadie Dierschke
- Outstanding Animal Science/Overall Student- Brittany Blum
- Senior Academic Achievement Awards: Leah Bell, Kenzie Black, Brittany Blum, Taelar Childers, Colton Coker, Austin Crissman, Sadie Dierschke, Kaitlyn Farmer, Taylor Kirk, Kristen Knight, Jacob McKillip, Brian Meyer, Evan Murray, Linsey Ogden, Bailey Joe Pennington, and Ian Schaefer
- Senior Leadership Awards: Brittany Blum, Colton Coker, Sadie Dierschke, Kaitlyn Farmer, Taylor Kirk, Linsey Ogden, Bailey Joe Pennington, and Ian Schaefer
The department also honored 14 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.
2015 Interns - Alex Villacres, Rafael Quijada, Celeo Arias, Luis Castellanos, Claudio Moreno, Manuel Garcia, Jose Gomez, Jose Fuentes, David Iscoa, Monica Quezada, Vanessa Jimenez, Skarleth Chinchilla, Diego Casas, and Darvin Cuellar.
Separately, the Block and Bridle Club recognized winners in the Little International Showmanship contest in each respective division:
- Cattle - Cory Edge (Novice) and Taylor Shackelford (Expert)
- Swine - Nick Fitzsimmons (Novice) and Austin Langemeier (Expert)
- Goat - Taylor Frank (Novice) and Lane Hale (Expert)
- Sheep - Kylan Carson (Novice) and Sydney Witte (Expert)
- The overall showman, Austin Langemeier, was awarded a trophy belt buckle.
Outstanding Service awards were presented to members Adrian Monaco, Bryce Winfrey, Erin Beyer, and Sydney Witte. Cassie Godwin received the prestigious Workhorse Award.
Closing remarks were given by Texas Tech University President Duane Nellis, who praised the Department of Animal and Food Sciences for being a competitive, well-rounded program.
Written by Moriah Beyers
CONTACT: Michael Orth, Chair and Professor, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-5653 or email@example.com
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