The Press Newspaper
Four Eastwood High School students have recently received national honors and recognition for their livestock judging.
Seniors Logan Browne, Kirsten Ameling, and Lane Kemner and junior Hannah Frobose travelled to Denver, Colorado in January to compete at the National Western Stock Show.
The team, under the coaching of Dan Frobose, represented Ohio at the prestigious competition.
They finished second out of 35 teams at the show, just 13 points behind the winning team from Texas.
Although the team has excelled at the local and state levels over the past eight years, this was the first time that they were put in the national spotlight.
Because of their impressive finish, they earned the right to compete at the International Show in Scotland this summer, but declined because of financial and time restraints.
In this elite contest, all four members of the team placed in the top 20 individually.
Browne placed second overall in the contest with a score of 757, just four points behind the winner from Texas.
Frobose finished ninth overall with a score of 746, Kemner finished 15th with a score of 740 and Ameling was right behind him with a score of 738, landing her in 16th place.
Browne was offered a $500 scholarship to Colorado State University for his top two finish, while Frobose was offered a $250 scholarship to CSU for her top 10 finish.
All four members have already committed to Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas and have been offered scholarships to be a part of Butler’s nationally recognized Livestock Judging Team.
For those unfamiliar with the format of livestock judging, a professional judge views the animals first and ranks them.
When the students view the same animals, they are awarded points based on how well they match the rankings of the judge.
They view beef, goats, sheep and swine. In a fifth category, called oral reasons, the students are judged on how well they can defend their choices. They are judged on the intelligence, quality and professionalism of their responses.
While in Denver, the team participated in the National Livestock Quiz Bowl. Although the team had not planned to compete in that competition, their coach entered them.
The team once again showed the depth of their knowledge by winning that event.
In that competition, Kemner took second overall individually.
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