Morgan Scroggin, daughter of Karon Reynolds and Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission Director Preston Scroggin, signed a scholarship to judge livestock at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College at a signing ceremony at Greenbrier High School April 25.
Morgan said she has been judging livestock for the four years she’s been in high school and is excited about moving on to NEO.
In livestock judging, Morgan said she judges a class of four animals and places the class. Sometimes she gives an oral set of reasons for her decisions and she judges about 12 classes per contest.
Rodney Wiedower, Morgan’s teacher, said she has grown from a shy freshman to a leader in her four years in high school.
"Through FFA (Future Farmers of America) and livestock judging and livestock showing she has developed a huge amount of confidence and passion."
Wiedower said Morgan has served as the prepared speaker for FFA and is an all-around good student.
The scholarship itself is the first of its kind for Greenbrier High School.
"It’s not quite as common as your athletic scholarships, but it is a really big deal in the FFA," Morgan said. "It’s pretty stiff competition in livestock."
Tyler Dewey, head coach for the NEO livestock judging team, said about a dozen scholarship students will be coming in as freshmen, and Morgan’s high school career impressed him enough to offer her a scholarships.
"I thought she’d be a nice fit for our program," he said. "Just a good girl and great character, and she fits well with what we’re doing."
Morgan said she plans to spend two years at NEO and then transfer to the University of Arkansas to finish out a degree in agricultural education.
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