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Collins Wins First Place in 2019 Junior Beef Contest

The Junior Beef Excellence Program includes students from 14 south-central Oklahoma counties.

Posted May 27, 2019

ARDMORE, Okla. — The Noble Research Institute announced the winners of the 2018-2019 Junior Beef Excellence Program during a special awards program earlier this month at Southern Tech in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Thirty-eight students entered 53 steers in this year’s event. The top 10 entries were awarded a total of $9,650 as part of the annual contest.

Kage Collins entered this year’s champion steer. As the first-place finisher, Collins earned $2,000. The second through 10th place winners are:

  • Second place, Hollee Dennis, $1,500
  • Third place, Maizi Willis, $1,250
  • Fourth Place, Colton Richards, $1,000
  • Fifth Place, Riley Mays, $900
  • Sixth place, Krista Carroll, $800
  • Seventh place, Calob Walker, $700
  • Eighth place, Nick Northcutt, $600
  • Ninth place, Sadie Ellis, $500
  • Tenth place, Kobey Hillis, $400

Besides the carcass contest, students can participate in a voluntary record book and interview program. The junior division is seventh through ninth grade, and the senior division is 10th through 12th grade. Participants in fourth through sixth grade are encouraged to participate but do not compete for prize money.

The junior division winner is:

  • First place, Riley Mays

The senior division winners are:

  • First place, Krista Carroll
  • Second place, Kade McGowen
  • Third place, Paizlee Szenasi

For additional information about next year’s program, visit www.noble.org/education/junior-beef or contact Caitlin Hebbert at 580-224-6523.


Parents and students gathered in the Southern Tech auditorium for the Junior Beef program awards ceremony on earlier this month.Parents and students gathered in the Southern Tech auditorium for the Junior Beef program awards ceremony on earlier this month.

Noble Research Institute, LLC (www.noble.org) is an independent nonprofit agricultural research organization dedicated to delivering solutions to great agricultural challenges. Headquartered in Ardmore, Oklahoma, the Noble Research Institute conducts fundamental, translational and applied research; offers no-cost consultation and education to farmers, ranchers and land managers; operates seven research and demonstration farms; and educates students of all ages about science and agriculture. The Noble Research Institute was founded by Lloyd Noble, an Oklahoma oilman and philanthropist, in 1945 as The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation to advance agriculture and land stewardship.

For media inquiries concerning the Noble Research Institute, please contact:
J. Adam Calaway, Director of Communications and Public Relations
580-224-6209 | 580-224-6208 fax

Robyn Peterson, Public Relations Coordinator

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