|Rosettes and awards bountiful for livestock team|
|Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor|
|Saturday, 01 February 2014 09:30|
Though many students graduate high school without winning any significant award, four Eastwood High School Students collected a box full of plaques and awards at the recent National Western Stock Show held in Denver.
Kirsten Ameling, Hannah Frobose, Lane Kemner and Logan Browne represented Ohio after winning the state fair event.
"That contest is so well respected across the U.S., particularly by the collegiate teams that look at the talent for their recruitment," said coach Dan Frobose. "I'm very proud of all four of them, you don't get that far without a lot of hard work and being very intelligent."
All four have received multiple scholarship offers, even prior to this contest. With their outstanding performance in Denver those offers will continue to flow.
For those unfamiliar with the format of livestock judging, a professional judge first views the animals, four in each animal species, and ranks them.
When the students view those same animals, they are awarded points based on how well they match the placements of the judge.
The four animal species are beef, goats, sheep and swine. There is also a fifth category called oral reasons, or simply reasons. In that area, the participants are judged on how well they can defend their choices and speak intelligently about the animals they judged. They are also judged on the quality and professionalism of the terms used.
As a team, the local team ranked first among the 35-team field with sheep; second in each class of swine, goats and reasons; they were fifth overall with the beef.
The individual totals for each event are compiled creating an individual score for each team member.
By rule, only the top three team members' scores are counted in the team total. The Wood County team's four-member total was higher than the Texas team's equivalent score. However, that fourth score is irrelevant in the event, meaning Texas took top honors.
Hannah Frobose said their performance will boost scholarship offers for all of them adding, "This (showing) represents who we are and what we love - agriculture."
She is a junior. Her teammates are all seniors.
In the judging event, Browne's best showing was second in swine and fourth in sheep. He was also in the top 10 in reasons and goats. Kemner was second overall in sheep and fifth in swine, with three other top 20 rankings. Frobose was fourth overall in reasons, along with being eighth in swine and 10th in sheep; while Ameling earned top 20 rankings in goats, swine and reasons.
As noted in the companion story, the team also won the national Quiz Bowl at the event, despite not planning to participate. Kemner was second high individual in the quiz bowl.
"They got there because there is a lot of knowledge among them," their coach said. "To do that well in that contest without preparation speaks loads for their educational background."
The coach said he told his team they may have previously been known as the sons or daughters of their parents, but after their performance in Denver, "You will be recognized on your own merits."
(Name, with overall placement followed by event placements for beef, goats, sheep, swine and reasons among nearly 150 participants)
Logan Browne, 2nd, 14th, 7th, 4th, 2nd, 6th
Hannah Frobose, 9th, 11th, 49th, 10th, 8th, 4th
Lane Kemner, 15th, 50th, 11th, 2nd, 5th, 12th
Kirsten Ameling, 16th, 29th, 12th, 32nd, 14th, 13th
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