Swick awarded Simmental Gold Merit Award
The American Simmental Association has awarded Lindsay Swick, Franklin, Texas, a Gold Merit Award worth $1,500 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.
Swick is a student at Texas A&M and is majoring in animal science. She a member of a sixth-generation Texas family ranch operation and plans to continue her work with the Simmental and Simbrah breeds in the future in order to improve her own herd, as well as, the breeds as a whole. Swick believes that Simmental and Simbrah breeders, "Should constantly strive to make each generation (of cattle) better than the previous." She is currently a member of the Texas A&M Livestock Judging Team, the Saddle and Sirloin, Texas Aggie Cattle Women Collegiate, 4-H, and the Gamma Sigma Delta Agricultural Honor Society. She plans to graduate in May 2010 and would like to pursue a career in embryology after obtaining her master's and doctorate degrees
Swick, 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, IL, Michael Colle, Luxemburg, Wis., Bradley Feight, Breezewood, Penn., 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." These winners were announced on July 3, 2009, during the American Junior Simmental Association's National Classic XXIX, held in Columbus, Ind.
The American Simmental Association is headquartered in Bozeman, Mont., 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.