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<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"><meta name="ProgId" content="Word.Document"><meta name="Generator" content="Microsoft Word 9"><meta name="Originator" content="Microsoft Word 9"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:DoNotOptimizeForBrowser/> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">ILLINOIS AND INDIANA YOUTH BROUGHT BACK TOP HONORS AT THE NATIONAL WESTERN LIVESTOCK JUDGING CONTEST IN DENVER.<span></span><o:p></o:p></span></p>

WABASH VALLEY FINISHED WITH RESERVE CHAMPION STATUS. THEY COMPETED AGAINST 22 OTHER TEAMS REPRESENTING 22 STATES AND ONE CANADIAN PROVINCE.

RIVERTON PARKE TEAM MEMBERS ARE CORY EDGE A 2012 RP GRADUATE, JUNIORS MATT MARION, SHELBY BENELL, AND KELLY DRESSLER, AND FRESHMAN MEGAN MARION. THE STUDENTS EARNED THE RIGHT TO REPRESENT INDIANA AT THE NATIONAL CONTEST WHEN THEY CAPTURED SECOND PLACE TEAM IN THE INDIANA STATE JUDGING CONTEST HELD IN JUNE AT PURDUE UNIVERSITY.

THE RIVERTON PARKE TEAM PLACED SECOND IN "PLACINGS," SECOND IN "GOATS AND SHEEP," FOURTH IN "SWINE AND BEEF," AND FOURTH IN "ORAL REASONS."  INDIVIDUALLY, CORY EDGE PLACED THIRD

OVERALL, MATT MARION, SEVENTH, AND SHELBY BENELL WAS ELEVENTH.  EDGE AND MARION BOTH RECEIVED $250 SCHOLARSHIPS TO COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY. 

PRIOR TO THE CONTEST THE RIVERTON PARKE STUDENTS VISITED MAGNUM FEEDYARDS IN WIGGINS, COLORADO.  MAGNUM FEEDS OVER 20,000 HEAD OF CATTLE AT ONE TIME.  STUDENTS ALSO VISITED OTHER FARMING OPERATIONS AND THE NATIONAL WESTERN STOCK SHOW EXHIBITS DURING THEIR TIME IN COLORADO. 

BOTH ILLINOIS AND INDIANA TEAMS WERE ISSUED AN INVITATION TO ATTEND THE INTERNATIONAL LIVESTOCK JUDGING CONTEST AND TOUR, HOSTED BY THE SCOTTISH YOUNG FARMERS DURING THE ROYAL HIGHLANDS SHOW IN EDINBURG, SCOTLAND. THE TEAMS WILL BE WORKING TOWARD RAISING FUNDS TO REPRESENT THE UNITED STATES AT THAT EVENT, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE THIS JUNE.

 

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