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Scholarship Winners Announced at the 2017 Oklahoma Cattlemen's Convention on Saturday

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:40:28 CDT

Scholarship Winners Announced at the 2017 Oklahoma Cattlemen's Convention on Saturday A number of Scholarships were awarded at the 65th annual Convention and Trade Show of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association held at the Embassy Suites in Norman. Here is a list of several of the young men and ladies who were so honored:

Will Shelby of Madill, Okla. was awarded a $1,000 scholarship which was funded by GoBob Pipe and Steel and administered by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation (OCF), a charitable arm of the OCA.

Shelby recently graduated from Madill High School and looks forward to attending Oklahoma State University this fall where he plans to major in Animal Science with a PreVet option.

A fifth-generation cattleman, Shelby and his brother have a small cow/calf operation. He's spent alot of time in alongside his father, who's a large animal veterinarian. (The picture here is of Will Shelby as a Regional Star Finalist at the 2017 Oklahoma State FFA Convention.)


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Jordan Storey of Idabel, Okla. was awarded a $500 Bedwell Brothers Memorial Scholarship which was funded by friends and family of Jared and Justin Bedwell.

Storey attended Valliant High School and graduated in 2016. She is preparing for her Sophomore year at Oklahoma State University where she is pursuing a degree in Agribusiness with a Pre-Vet option.

Story was active in FFA throughout high school and experienced many successes including: Oklahoma FFA State Star Farmer finalist in 2016; State winner and National finalist in Agriscience Research proficiency in 2016; Beef production placement proficiency winner and national finalist in 2015. She is also involved in many community and campus activities.

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Christian Savory of Ripley, Okla. was awarded a $500 scholarship which was funded by Great Plains Kubota and administered by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation (OCF), a charitable arm of the OCA.

Savory recently graduated from Ripley High School and has plans to attend Oklahoma State University in the fall. Her career path of choice is to be a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.



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Jacob Wade of Ringling, Okla. was awarded a $1,000 scholarship which was funded by GoBob Pipe and Steel and administered by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation (OCF), a charitable arm of the OCA.

Wade has completed his Freshmen year at Oklahoma State University where he is majoring in Animal Science with a PreVet option.

"As far back as I can remember, I have memories of checking and counting wheat pasture cattle with my dad," said Wade.

He still helps his father, but now has some stockers and a few cow/calf pairs of his own to care for. In addition, Wade was a student employee at the OSU Cattle Research Facility while maintaining a high GPA. He received several scholarships based on his academic merit and hard work.


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Darcey Hilburn of Welch, Okla. was awarded a $750 Scholarship which was funded by the Trade Show Exhibitors that attended this year's event. The scholarship is administered by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation (OCF), a charitable arm of the OCA.

Hilburn recently graduated from Vinita High School. She plans to attend Oklahoma State University and major in Agribusiness with a Pre-Law option this fall. Hilburn hopes to become an agriculture lawyer and continue her cattle business.

Throughout high school Hilburn was heavily involved in FFA, public speaking, equine judging and showing cattle among many other community service projects and activities.


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Kaden McCombs, Navajo, Okla. was selected to intern with the A Bar Ranch, owned by Mike and Martha Armitage in Claremore, Okla.

The Armitage Family partnered with the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation (OCF), a charitable arm of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association (OCA) to provide a positive and comprehensive learning experience to a student with a desire to stay engaged in beef cattle production. At the conclusion of the internship, McCombs will receive a $2,000 scholarship funded by the OCF.

McCombs has spent most of his summer at the A Bar Ranch gaining hands-on ranch and marketing experience. He also has experienced some of the challenges faced by producers and the important role that the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association plays in the industry. He did make occasional trips to the OCA headquarters to help with the annual convention and other activities.

McCombs graduated from Oklahoma State University in Dec. 2016 with a degree in Agribusiness and a Farm and Ranch Specialization focus. He is now pursuing a Master's Degree of Science and international Ag.


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Samantha Howe of Sulphur, Okla. was awarded a $1,000 scholarship which was funded by Great Plains Kubota and administered by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation (OCF), a charitable arm of the OCA.

Howe is a Junior at Oklahoma State University pursuing a degree in Animal Science. She is the fourth generation to work on her family's ranch and seems to have a true passion for the beef industry.

"I have grown up helping feed, doctor and care for our cattle," Howe said. "I am an advocate for the cattle community and use daily opportunities to educate my peers on the health benefits of eating beef."

Howe maintains a high GPA while taking part in a lengthy list of leadership activities and community involvement. She is a member of the Chi Omega Women's Fraternity; OSU President's Leadership Council and has received several other honors throughout high school and college.

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Parker Cantrell of Collinsville, Okla. was presented a $800 Frank Elliot Memorial Scholarship. The Frank Elliot Memorial Scholarship was funded by friends of the late Frank Elliot and administered by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation (OCF).

Cantrell recently graduated from Skiatook High School and will start classes this fall at Oklahoma State University pursuing a degree in Animal Science.

Throughout high school Cantrell was active in FFA. He experiences many successes in public speaking contest, exhibiting Hereford cattle and livestock judging. Cantrell has also been recognized for scholastic achievement and has attended many leadership conferences and professional development workshops.

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Grayson Lane Kuehny of Elmore City, Okla. was awarded a $750 Scholarship which was funded by the Trade Show Exhibitors that attended this year's event. The scholarship is administered by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation (OCF), a charitable arm of the OCA.

Kuehny is a junior at Oklahoma State University pursuing a degree in Agriculture Economics with an Environmental Economics, Politics and Policy Minor. Active in the Honors College at OSU, Kuehny has earned both Dean's Honor Roll and President's Honor Roll recognition at OSU.

Kuehny credits growing up on his family's cattle ranch for his work ethic and drive. "My family had a small feedlot and a cow/calf operation in Southern Oklahoma. I also showed cattle and goats through FFA," Kuehny said.


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Ryan Callahan of Edmond, Okla. was awarded a $750 Scholarship which was funded by the Trade Show Exhibitors that attended this year's event. The scholarship is administered by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation (OCF), a charitable arm of the OCA.

Callahan recently graduated from Casady School and plans to attend Oklahoma State University this fall and pursue a degree in Animal Science with and Agricultural Business Option.

Throughout high school, Callahan was very active in 4-H through exhibiting cattle. He continues to be active in Oklahoma and American Angus breed associations and just finished his term as President of the Oklahoma Junior Cattlemen's Association.


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Kohl Murray of Perkins, Okla. Was presented a $800 Frank Elliot Memorial Scholarship during the recent Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association (OCA) Convention and Trade Show. The Frank Elliot Memorial Scholarship was funded by friends of the late Frank Elliot and administered by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation (OCF).

Murray recently graduated from Perkins-Tyron High School and plans to attend Oklahoma State University in the fall. Murray plans to double major in Agricultural Education and Agricultural Business.

"After graduation, I will pursue a career in Agricultural Education," said Murray.

Murray has a long list of high school accomplishments. Some of the highlights include: State winner, Fiber/Oil Crop Production Placement FFA Proficiency; National FFA Finalist, Diversifed Crop Production Placement; many public speaking successes; national honors society and many more.



"It's truly an honor to present young people who have an interest in the beef industry with scholarships to assist in furthering their education," said Jeff Jaronek, OCF Coordinator.

The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation was created to provide a charitable trust for the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association and Oklahoma Junior Cattlemen's Association. When you support the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation, you support beef cattle educational programs, research projects in cooperation with Oklahoma State University, educational scholarships for Oklahoma's 4-H and FFA youth and the preservation of the Oklahoma beef cattle industry and its traditions.


   

 

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