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UW Livestock Judging Team Sixth, Two Earn All-American Honors

December 6, 2021
two women holding placques and standing under a sign
Holly Heckendorf, left, and McKenna Carnahan received All-American honors at the North American International Livestock Exposition Nov. 16 in Louisville, Ky. Only four other UW livestock judging team members have earned the award. (Linde’s Livestock Photo)

The University of Wyoming livestock judging team’s sixth-place finish at the North American International Livestock Exposition is the highest in school history, and two of its members were among 12 across the nation selected as All-Americans.

Holly Heckendorf, of Wellington, Colo., and McKenna Carnahan, of Julesburg, Colo., earned All-American honors at the Nov. 16 competition in Louisville, Ky., says Curtis Doubet, coach of the UW livestock judging team. Previously, UW’s livestock judging team has had only four All-Americans.

The All-American award is a culmination of GPA, judging ability, community involvement, industry involvement, professional goals and university activities. Only four schools in the country had All-American award recipients at this year’s competition.

Kemsley Gallegos, of Laramie, was ninth high in hogs, and Heckendorf was 10th high in cattle. The team was fourth high in sheep/goats; sixth high in cattle and in reasons; and was eighth high in swine.

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