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Royalty, True Grit Recipient, and Round Robin Announced at Ag Arama 2020

By Amber Johnson on
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Royalty were crowned, students were recognized for achievement, and alumni gathered for the 45th Annual Ag Arama at the University Teaching and Outreach Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston. This year's event was dedicated to Professor Lyle Westrom, and the theme for the day was "Raised on Country.”

Ag Arama RoyaltyThe 2020 Ag Arama Royalty included King: Paul Hendrickx, an agricultural education major from New York Mills, Minn.; Colten Schrempp, an ag systems management major from Victoria, Minn.; Matthew Vettleson, an animal science and agricultural business double major from Oklee, Minn.; and Wyatt Wardner, an agricultural business and agronomy double major from Grafton, ND. 

Queen: Lydia Hansen, an animal science and agricultural business double major from Vining, Minn.; Elysia Morris, an animal science pre-vet major from Deer River, Minn.; Emma Bliss, an animal science pre-vet major from Nevis, Minn.; Jordyn Newberg, an agricultural education major from Deer River, Minn.; and Grace Ruckheim, an agricultural education major from Parkers Prairie, Minn. 

Prince: Samuel McGregor, a natural resources law enforcement major from Hastings, Minn.; Estel Jaszczak, an ag systems management major from Lancaster, Minn.; Luke Trandem, an agronomy major from Crookston, Minn.; and Nate Rehder, an animal science major from Barnesville, Minn.

Princess: Veronica Schwartz, an agricultural education major from Parkers Prairie, Minn.; Elizabeth Reich, an animal science major from Waubun, Minn.; Jessica Olson, an ag systems management major from Warren, Minn.; and Mandy Swenson, an agronomy major from Tumalo, Ore. 

Emma BlissEmma Bliss, a senior animal science pre-vet major from Nevis, Minn., was honored with the True Grit Award. The True Grit Award is dedicated to Todd Opsahl, a student in 1973-74 and it is the most coveted of all awards presented at Ag Arama.

Charlie ShockerCharli Shocker, an animal science major from Blackduck, Minn., was honored with the 2020 Round Robin Showmanship Award.

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Photo 1 Royalty (left to right) Back Row: Luke Trandem, Nate Rehder, Estel Jaszczak, Sam McGregor, Paul Hendrickx, Mattew Vettleson, Wyatt Wardner, Colten Schrempp

(left to right) Front Row: Mandy Swenson, Jessica Olson, Elizabeth Reich, Veronica Schwartz, Lydia Hansen, Grace Ruckheim, Jordyn Newberg, Emma Bliss, Elysia Morris 

Photo 2: Emma Bliss, True Grit AwardCharli Shocker, Round Robin Showmanship Award

Photo 3: Charli Shocker, Round Robin Showmanship Award

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