BOZEMAN, MT- The American Simmental Association (ASA) has awarded Koty Allen of Emerald, WI, a Gold Merit Award worth $1,500 to use for post-secondary educational purposes. Established in 1981, 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.

Currently serving as an AJSA North Central Region Trustee, Koty Allen exhibited the Grand Champion Simmental female at the 2010 National Western Stock Show. Active in the Wisconsin Junior Association, she currently serves as the organizations’ president. This year, she is attended her 12th Regional and her 9th National Classic. A recent graduate of Glenwood City High School, Koty will attend a two-year college, majoring in agriculture before transferring to a four-year university to finish her education in livestock chiropractics.

Allen, along with 14 other outstanding junior members were selected as 2010 recipients of Gold and Silver Merit Awards. Five individuals received Gold Merit Awards worth $1,500 each, and ten students earned Silver Merit Awards, worth $750 each. Total value of the combined scholarships is $15,000, funded through donations to the ASA Foundation. All awards must be used for post-secondary education purposes.

Receiving Gold Awards are: Webb Fields, Mt. Pleasant, TX, Alan Smith, Picayune, MS, Valerie Ujazdowski, Winneconne, WI, and Tyler White, Stillwater, OK.

Silver Award recipients, are: Emily Rachel Bell, Ellenboro, NC, Kelsey Sheeley, Hillsboro, OH, Shannon White, Stillwater, OK, Tyler Mackey, Blum, TX, Anna Krieger, Universal, IN, Jake Bloomberg, Berwick, IL, Brett Willis, Lebanon, OK, Matthew Colle, Luxemburg, WI, Andrea Reinhart, Kansas City, MO, and Rachel Linder, Louisville, OH.

“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.” These winners were announced on July 16, 2010, during the American Junior Simmental Association’s National Classic XXX, held in Des Moines, IA.

The American Simmental Association is headquartered in Bozeman, Montana, and maintains the breed registries for the Simmental and Simbrah breeds of cattle. ASA has an active adult and junior membership of nearly 5,000.