The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) livestock judging team closed out their 2017-18 season with a trip to the Houston International Livestock Show and Rodeo. Sophomore McKinley Blassingame placed in the top ten overall at that event, and over the course of the year, NEO judgers have earned dozens of top-ten finishes and were the Championship Team at the 2017 Flint Hills Mid-America Classic and Reserve Champion Freshman Team at the Tulsa State Fair. Freshman Alexa Montagne and Blassingame led their teams, producing consistent results at the competitions. Blassingame, an Agriculture Education major from Chatsworth, Ga. was a top-ten individual finisher three times this season, with a third place individual finish at the Cimarron Classic in Stillwater in October. Montagne, an Agriculture major from Elk Point, South Dakota picked up two first place Freshman individual finishes and had several top ten finishes, with three top five finishes in Oral Reasons.
“NEO has a legacy of excellence, and it’s easy to see why so many alumni are leaders in all sectors of agriculture,” said Head Coach Taylor Graham. “I’m excited for the progress we’ve made this year and I am excited for what the future holds.”
Members of this year’s judging team: Freshmen: Paige Longstreth from Royal Center, IN Abby Spindle from Stanley, NM Cagney Effling from Highmore, SD Grant Hubbard from Miami, OK Stetson Eschenbaum from Lake Preston, SD Justin Messner from Dewey, OK Kassidy Fletcher from Fortville, IN Sarah Harris from Buchannon, VA Alexa Montagne from Elk Point, SD Sophomores: Loren Benedict from Oroville, CA Anna Brightwell from Carthage, MO Bree Elliott from El Reno, OK Tori Olger from Ovid, MI McKinley Blassingame from Chattsworth, GA Tailor Fields from Wynona, OK