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Four Members of OSU Livestock Judging Team Named All Americans

Wed, 20 Nov 2013 06:43:29 CST

Four Members of OSU Livestock Judging Team Named All Americans All American Livestock Judging Team awards were announced during the Awards Breakfast at the National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest on Tuesday. The contest was held in conjunction with the 40th North American International Livestock Exposition, which took place November 9 - 22 in Louisville, KY. A total of 42 students were nominated for the honor in 2013, and candidates were narrowed to the top ten individuals. Honorees had a GPA of 3.88. Four of the ten All Americans announced in Louisville are a part of the 2013 Oklahoma State University Livestock Judging Team.

The All American Team program is designed to recognize students who have made a personal commitment to livestock judging and who have also excelled in academics, university and industry activities , and community service.

The four OSU members of the 2013 All American Livestock Judging team include:

Taylor Graham from Oklahoma State University. He has been involved with the Block and Bridle Club, Animal Science Department and the Oklahoma State FARM Blog. He is a member of the American Angus Association and served as an officer for the National Chianina Association. Taylor assisted with tornado relief efforts in Moore, Oklahoma, has volunteered with Toys for Tots and his church's youth programs and has also worked with Habitat for Humanity. He was high individual at the 2013 Dixie National livestock judging contest. Taylor would like to pursue a graduate degree with an emphasis on agricultural law to fulfill his long term goal of lobbying for food animal agriculture.

The next All American Team Member is Morgan Neilson from Oklahoma State University. She has served as a College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources ambassador and student academic mentor, President of the Meat Science Association and officer for the Block and Bridle Club. Morgan worked as an intern for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, a sales and marketing intern for Cargill and communications intern for The Show Text. She is a meat science research assistant at OSU. Her community service includes volunteering at 4 - H and FFA judging contests in Oklahoma and Colorado, Adopt - A - Highway and she was team captain for her Relay for Life team. She was inducted as an American Meat Science Association All-American after competing on the Oklahoma State University meat judging team. Morgan would like to attend law school to become an agricultural and water rights attorney.

Dalton Newell, Oklahoma State University. Dalton is an ambassador for the Animal Science Leadership Alliance, Recruiting Chair and Student Mentor for the Alpha Zeta Honor Society and has served on various committees for the Block and Bridle Club. He is very active in the livestock industry as a member of the National Main-Anjou, Simmental, Chianina, Charolais and Angus associations, the National Swine Registry and the Oklahoma Farm Bureau. He has worked at the Noble Foundation Crop and Forage Research Center. Dalton helped with disaster relief projects in Moore and has volunteered with Toys for Tots, Relay for Life and the Food Bank. He hopes to receive a master's degree in ruminant nutrition from either OSU or Texas A&M and wou ld like to then pursue a Ph.D and ultimately teach on the collegiate level.

Kass Pfeiffer from Oklahoma State University is the fourth of the four All American team members that are OSU Cowboys. She is Showmanship Committee Chair for the Block and Bridle Club, ambassador for the Animal Science Leaders hip Alliance and member of the Oklahoma Collegiate Cattlewomen and Alpha Zeta Honor Society. Kass has worked as a marketing intern for Sure Champ, she is an Oklahoma Beef Ambassador and member of the American Angus Association, Oklahoma Boer Goat Associati on and Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association. She has volunteered with the Into the Streets Cleanup Project, Hunt for Hunger, Stillwater Harvest Carnival and she delivered Valentine's to nursing homes in the community. She looks to give back to the agricultural industry through a career in ruminant nutrition and would like to receive a master's degree and Ph.D. in order to do that.



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