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NWSS Premier Exhibitor Contest winners named

With competitions complete and scores totaled, the National Western Stock Show announced the results of the 2009 premier exhibitor contest. The contest is open exclusively to junior exhibitors between the ages of 9 and 19 who qualify to sell in the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions.

Claire Galley, DeQuincy, La., earned the champion premier exhibitor award in the market beef competition, while Paul D. Miller III, Torrington, Wyo., took home the reserve champion title.

In the market swine division, J.T. Gillmore, Westcliffe, Colo., was named the champion premier exhibitor, and the reserve champion crown went to Tonya Fender, Lynchburgh, Ohio.

Top honors in the premier exhibitor market lamb category went to Jessica Burson, Roswell, N.M. From Elgin, Okla., Heather Glass was recognized as the category's reserve champion winner.

Champion exhibitors in each group were awarded $2,000 scholarships and the use of a Featherlite trailer for one year. Reserve Champions each received $1,000 scholarships. Scoring in the premier exhibitor contests is based on live and carcass placings of the animal, personal interviews and a prepared speech.

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