The Animal Sciences annual recognition event, the Evening of Excellence, was a grand success for 2016. The event was held at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on April 2. Bonnie Ayars led the Team Recognition program, with coaches and advisors introducing their teams, while Joe Ottobre filled in at the last moment to lead the Awards of Excellence program, as the student MC scheduled had to drop out due to illness (thanks, Joe).
The evening began with the Recognition of Teams. Representatives from each team spoke about the 2015 students who were a part of each team. The list included Academic Quadrathlon, Animal Welfare Judging, Dairy Challenge, Horse Judging, Poultry Judging, Dairy Judging, Livestock Judging, and Meat Judging. In addition, several "anniversary" teams were honored, including 10-, 25-, and 50-year dairy, livestock, and meat judging teams.
A social followed the recognition of teams and included a buffet dinner, with meat dishes prepared by the Ohio State Meat Shoppe, and a live auction.
Rounding out the night was the Awards of Excellence program. Highlights included scholarship, undergraduate research, and ASAS recognition. Individual awards went to Clint Gasser (Dr. George R. Johnson Award for Senior with the highest grade point average), Holden Hutchinson (Waldock Brothers Award for a combination of scholarship, leadership, and service), and Matthew Faulkner (L.E. Kunkle Award for the outstanding graduate student in Animal Sciences).
The Animal Science Hall of Fame induction ceremony honored Terry Wehrcamp, while the Dairy Science Hall of Service induction ceremony honored Scott Higgins and Normand St-Pierre. Click on a name to see more about these awards.
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