Two students from the livestock judging team at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO), were recently named All-Americans for the junior college All-American team on March 18, 2014 at the team’s last competition in Houston, Texas.
The two team members who received this honorary title are Morgan Marley and Ethan Propp, both sophomores at NEO.
Marley is a general agriculture major student from Elkins, Ark. She is the daughter of Jeff and Marsha Marley. In addition to her busy livestock judging schedule, she was elected officer of fellowship for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She is involved in Aggie Society and is the president of NEO13 News. She assisted with many livestock judging competitions, regularly donated blood during campus drives, volunteered for farm clean-up day and the Bras-for-a-Cause fundraiser.
Propp is from Adair, Okla. and is the son of Chell and Susan Propp. He is majoring in pre-veterinary science. Propp earned a 4.0 GPA, is a member of the PTK Honor Society and was placed on the President’s Honor Roll. In addition to livestock judging, Propp was also a member of the horse judging team, where he earned the distinction of High Individual at two competitions.
“I am very proud of both Morgan and Ethan. They definitely deserve to be All-Americans,” said Tyler Dewey, livestock judging coach. “They are two of the hardest workers I know, and they are both genuinely great people. We will miss them at NEO.”
The livestock judging team has had a great year competing against more than 20 other junior college teams and remained in the top 10 in each contest. The team ranked as high as second overall at the Denver, Colo. National Western contest.
Students are selected to the All-American team at the last national contest for the season, which is the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. To be selected, All-American students are scored based upon their academic and judging success. The inductees were required to maintain a high GPA as well as remain competitive at the national judging competitions. Each year, there are only 15 students chosen nationwide to this team, and it is an honor to be a member as this is the highest award a junior college judging student can receive.