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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Twenty Kansas high school students participated in the 5th annual K-State Animal Sciences Leadership Academy June 5-8 at Kansas State University’s Manhattan campus. In addition to sessions and tours on campus, participants toured livestock-related organizations and businesses in other parts of the state.
The students, who ranged in age from 14 to 18, were selected based on educational, community, and agricultural involvement. As part of the academy, they evaluated real life livestock situations and became familiar with college life.
Academy participants and their home counties included: Sarah Bellar-Elk, Sam Capoun-Wabaunsee, Cooper Clawson-Meade, Casey Craver-Saline, Kenzie Curran-Crawford, Kord Curran-Crawford, Sam Davis-Greenwood, Jessica DeWeese-Pratt, Jayna Flach-Wabaunsee, Logan Fuller-Lyon, Chase Gleason-Boubon, Alexandria Julian-Rice, Tyler Marr-Jewell, Morgan Martin-Atchison, Jason Paine-Reno, Kacey Rieger-Brown, Hadley Schotte-Marshall, Leah Scholz-Atchison, Mercedes Smith-Miami, Karrie VanWinkle-Nemaha.
K-State students Kinzie Selke, a senior in agricultural education and youth livestock program summer intern from Frankfort, Ind.; John Sachse, a senior in animal sciences and industry from Easton, Kan.; and Tyler Ottensmeier, a senior in animal sciences from McClouth, Kan. served as counselors and assisted Kristine Clowers, youth livestock coordinator, with the university’s Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.
The event was sponsored by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council (LMIC).
Prior to the academy, participants were given a current event topic to research. Each gave a presentation at the end of the week on such topics as: Use of Swine Gestation Crates; U.S. Horse Slaughter; Use of Anesthesia for Minor Farm Animal Surgeries; and Beef Steroid Implants. The presentations were evaluated and scored based on content, delivery, knowledge of the topic, and ability to answer questions.
Group Project Winners: Logan Fuller, Kenzie Curran, Jayna Flach, Chase Gleason, Leah Scholz.
Outstanding Individuals: Chase Gleason, Sam Capoun, Cooper Clawson, Jason Paine.
“The academy was a great success and I was so proud to lead such a great group of young individuals,” Clowers said, adding that the academy drew more than 40 applications. “Their enthusiasm and drive to make a difference in the industry is inspiring and I encourage them to spread their dedication.”
As part of the academy, the group toured Mill Brae Ranch near Maple Hill, the Kansas Livestock Association and Kansas Beef Council both in Topeka and Seaboard Foods in Shawnee Mission before having dinner in the Kansas City area.
Back in Manhattan, the students toured the K-State Department of Animal Sciences and its farm units, the K-State Animal Breeding Services Unit, and the Beef Cattle Institute.
“The purpose of touring these organizations is to give the participants a glance at where their future could possibly lie after high school and/or college graduation,” Clowers said. “Youth are not always aware of the different avenues they can take in the livestock industry and by seeing first-hand what these companies and organizations do, they can broaden their future plans and goals.”