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SIMMENTAL MERIT AWARD RECIPIENTS NAMED

Bozeman, Mont. -- Recipients of the prestigious American Junior Simmental Association (AJSA) 2006 Merit Awards have been announced. Receiving Gold Awards, which include a $1,500 stipend to be used for post-secondary educational purposes, are: Gary Reichel, McGirk, Mo.; Jason Johnson, Longmont, Colo.; Levi Sasser, Lone Oak, Texas; Scott Willey, LaVernia, Texas; and Jeremi Wurtz, Valley, Neb.

Silver Award Recipients, receiving a $750 stipend, are: Katie Fields, Mt. Pleasant, Texas; Chelten Fricke, Hermann, Mo.; Reese Hagan, Yoakum, Texas; Aleesa Hege, Columbus, Ind.; Michelle Linder, Springfield, Ohio; Katie Linhart, Louisville, Ky.; Courtney McKenzie, London, Ohio; Steve Springer, Cresco, Iowa; Lindsay Swick, Franklin, Texas; and Joshua Willey, LaVernia, Texas.

Established 12 years ago by the ASA Board of Trustees, the Merit Award is designed to provide recognition to junior members who have made "significant contributions to their community, home, family, school and the Simmental or Simbrah breeds of cattle." Judging is based on a combination of factors including leadership, scholarship, extra-curricular participation and direct involvement with the beef industry.

"Once again, we had an outstanding field of applicants for these coveted awards," said ASA Executive Vice-President Jerry Lipsey. "It is appropriate that the American Simmental Association provides educational funding for such outstanding young people who represent the future of our breeds."

The award winners were announced July 14, 2006 during the American Junior Simmental Association's National Classic XXVI, held in Madison, Wis.

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