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Ruth awarded Simmental Silver Merit Award

The American Simmental Association has awarded Kyle Ruth, Iowa City, Iowa, 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.

Ruth will be a senior at Lone Tree High School this fall. He is a member of the National Honor Society, FFA, Gold Honor Roll and Large Group Speech, and competes in football and basketball. Also, he is involved in mentoring elementary students, volunteering at the Iowa Special Olympics, and works with the Ronald McDonald House. Ruth is a vital part of his family's cattle operation as he is responsible for managing the show heifers, making breeding decisions, and feeding. He states that, "...we strive to mate our females to bulls that are not only going to produce cattle that win in the show ring, but cattle that will maintain themselves in the pasture as well."

Ruth, 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.; and 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; and 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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