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Owen awarded Simmental silver merit award


The American Simmental Association has awarded Casey Owen, Bois D'Arc, Mo., a Silver Merit Award worth $750 to use for post-secondary educational purposes. Established in 1981, by the ASA Board of Trustees, the Merit Award is designed to provide recognition to junior members who have made "significant contributions to their community, home, family, school and the Simmental or Simbrah breeds of cattle." Judging is based on a combination of factors including leadership, scholarship, extra-curricular participation and direct involvement with the beef industry.

Owen has been an officer in numerous organizations, serving as president of the Missouri Junior Simmental Association, president of the Republic High School FFA Chapter, and committee chair and 13-year member of the Lucky Eleven 4-H Club. He has been active in local, state, and national Simmental events, assisting in the planning of two American Junior Simmental Regional Classics and one National Classic, held in Sedalia, Mo. Owen is responsible for caring for his herd of cattle. His duties include, feeding, maintaining herd health, preparing and conditioning donor and recipient cows for flushing and embryo placements, as well as semi-annual vaccinations and farm maintenance.

Owen, along with 14 other outstanding junior members were selected as 2009 recipients of Gold and Silver Merit Awards. Five individuals received Gold Merit Awards worth $1,500 each, and ten students earned Silver Merit Awards, worth $750 each. Total value of the combined scholarships is $15,000, funded through donations to the ASA Foundation. All awards must be used for post-secondary education purposes.

Receiving Gold Awards are: Amanda Eberspacher, Marshall, Minn., Seth Kaehler, St. Charles, Minn., Katie Linhart, Louisville, Ky., Abram Mertz, Manhattan, Kan., Lindsay Swick, Franklin, Texas.

Silver Award recipients, are: Koty Allen, Emerald, Wis., Jamie Bloomberg, Berwick, Ill., Michael Colle, Luxemburg, Wis., Bradley Feight, Breezewood, Pa., Lesli Garrett, Canton, Texas, Courtney Jass, Garner, Iowa, Casey Owen, Bois D'Arc, Mo., Curt Rennison, Braymer, Mo., Kyle Ruth, Iowa City, Iowa, Tyler White, Stillwater, Okla.

"Once again, we had an outstanding field of applicants for these coveted awards," said ASA Executive Vice-President Jerry Lipsey. "It is appropriate that the American Simmental Association provides educational funding for such outstanding young people who represent the future of our breeds."

The American Simmental Association is headquartered in Bozeman, Montana, and maintains the breed registries for the Simmental and Simbrah breeds of cattle. ASA has an active adult and junior membership of nearly 8,000.

These winners were announced on July 3, 2009, during the American Junior Simmental Association's National Classic XXIX, held in Columbus, Ind.

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