Valley City Times-Record
NDSU’s 97th Little International winners announced
Rose Wendel, a freshman in liberal arts from Lamoure, North Dakota, was named the overall showman at the 97th Little International at North Dakota State University recently. Wendel is the daughter of Mike and Shari Wendel. Noah Helgoe, a sophomore in animal science and crop and weed science from Cavalier, North Dakota, was named reserve champion. Helgoe is the son of Chris and Kari Helgoe.
The 97th Little International was organized by the NDSU Saddle and Sirloin Club and held at Shepperd Arena on the NDSU campus.
“The Little International Livestock Show is the largest student-run event on the NDSU campus, involving over 300 students,” said Lydia Lyons, Little I publicity chair and a senior in agribusiness from Lisbon, North Dakota. “The show features showmanship classes of beef, dairy, sheep, swine and goats as well as ham curing and public speaking contests.”
The overall showman is determined using a roundrobin contest where each species’ overall showman is required to show all other species. Winners of each species and other Little I competitions are as follows:
• Champion – Madalyn Gieseke, Golden Valley, Minnesota, junior in crop and weed science, daughter of Brian and Angela Gieseke
• Reserve Champion – Samantha Johnson, Mandan, North Dakota, junior in biological sciences, daughter of Kirk and Melissa Johnson
• Champion – Jaxon Deckert, Arena, North Dakota, senior in animal science, son of Justin and Carrie Deckert
• Reserve Champion – Hope Willson, Wimbledon, North Dakota, senior in animal science, daughter of Joel and Kristi Willson
• Champion – Reanna Schmidt, Fargo, North Dakota, freshman, daughter of Rick and Renae Schmidt
• Reserve Champion – Jolie Sanders, New Salem, North Dakota, freshman in pharmacy, daughter of Josh and Kyla Sanders
• Champion – Helgoe
• Reserve Champion – Kasi Holm, Ashley, North Dakota, junior in human development and family science, daughter of Barry and Roxanne Holm
• Champion – Wendel
• Reserve Champion – Alexis Vanderberghe, Cleveland, North Dakota, junior in animal science, daughter of Paul and Lori Vanderberghe
The show also included a novice division of showmanship for individuals who have never competitively shown their species. Novice winners were as follows:
• Dairy – Madison Feiring, McHenry, North Dakota, freshman in animal science, daughter of Janell Feiring
• Beef – Kamilla Knippling, South Shore, South Dakota, junior in animal science, daughter of Art and Amy Nelson
• Sheep – Madison Scott, Spiritwood, North Dakota, freshman in animal science, daughter of Susan and Tim Scott
• Swine –Erika Anderson, Rogers, North Dakota, sophomore in crop and weed science, daughter of Shawn and Linda Anderson
• Goat – Jacklyn Pazdernick, New Salem, North Dakota, junior in nursing, daughter of Mike and Dana Pazdernick
Other contests that took place before Feb. 11 included:
Public speaking – Students prepared a speech about this year’s Little I theme, Leaving a Legacy.
• First – Isaac Huber, Jud, North Dakota, senior in agriculture systems management, son of Bryan and Emmy Huber
• Second – Stetson Urlacher, Regent, North Dakota, sophomore in agriculture education, son of Gregg and Mary Urlacher
• Third - Emma Honeyman, Regent, North Dakota, junior in agriculture economics, daughter of Gary and Tia Honeyman
Ham curing – The top 10 individuals’ hams were auctioned off during the Little I night show.
• First – Brooke Kunz, New Salem, North Dakota, senior in agriculture education, daughter of Ron and Margo Kunz
• Second – Tasha Pond, Bowman, North Dakota, senior in veterinary technology, daughter of Jennifer Pond and Tracy Pond
• Third – Rachel Blue, Henry, South Dakota, junior in animal science, daughter of Doug and Paula Blue