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Date: 2/6/2015

Title: Outstanding Students Awarded CME Beef Industry Scholarship

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - Ten outstanding college students were awarded $1,500 CME Beef Industry Scholarships at the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 6. The scholarship is sponsored by the CME Group and administered by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation. The overall essay winner, Laura Gorecki of Farewell, Neb., was also awarded a trip to the convention in San Antonio.

The CME Beef Industry Scholarship was introduced in 1989 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Live Cattle futures contract on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. It recognizes and encourages talented students who will one day be industry leaders.

“The CME Beef Industry Scholarship enables us to invest in the next generation of our nation’s food producers, while helping them understand the importance of risk management to the beef industry,” said Tim Andriesen, CME Group Managing Director of Agricultural Commodities. “For more than 25 years, NCBA has been a key partner in advancing risk management education to future beef industry leaders through this important scholarship program.”

Essay winner Gorecki is a junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, majoring in Animal Science and Business with minors in Agricultural Leadership and Communication as well as Leadership and Entrepreneurship. She grew up on a cow-calf operation and was involved with 4-H and FFA. Her essay was on using our voices to reach consumers through technologies such as Facebook and Twitter. In the future, Gorecki hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Animal Behavior and Welfare.

Other 2015 CME Scholarship winners were:

Jessica Beer                                                    
Texas A&M University                                               
College Station, TX     
Sierra Jepson                                                  
The Ohio State University                               
Amanda, OH  
Kacey Koester                                                
North Dakota State University                        
Steele, ND
Jenna Lansing                                                 
Iowa State University                                      
Ames, IA
Kierra Leddy
South Dakota State University
Stockholm, SD
Maci Lienemann
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Princeton, NE
Patrick Linnell
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
Katie Miller
Blackhawk College
Cambridge, IL
Kate Schaffer
Redlands Community College
Carthage, MO

Both National Cattlemen’s Foundation and the CME Group have missions that stress commitment to the future of the cattle industry and continued recognition and support of outstanding youth in the beef community.

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