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ML's Moriarty named to 2013 All-American Livestock Judging Team


LOUISVILLE – Medical Lake High School graduate Brett Moriarty has been named to the 2013 All-American Livestock Judging Team and was a part of the Texas A&M University Livestock Judging Team which claimed the 2013 national championship at the National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest Nov. 18, marking its 12th national livestock judging title.

The contest took place at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville. It is the oldest and most prestigious livestock-judging contest in the nation, according to event organizers.

The All-American team recognizes the top 10 livestock judging team members from across the nation who have made a personal commitment to livestock judging and who have excelled in academics, university and industry activities, and community service. A total of 42 students were nominated this year.

In addition to livestock judging, Moriarty has been a member of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council, the Saddle and Sirloin Club and the Aggie REPS organization within the department of animal science. He has worked as a research assistant in cattle nutrition and as a sales intern for a livestock health technology marketer. He coaches the 4-H and FFA livestock judging team in Burleson, and volunteers at the Agricultural Career Exposition at Texas A&M.

After graduation, Moriarty said he plans to further his education by pursuing a master’s of business education and hopes to become a successful entrepreneur within the agricultural field.

“Brett is very deserving of this award,” Brant Poe, Department of Animal Science lecturer and team coordinator, said in a news release. “By juggling his commitment to the judging team with excelling in his coursework and participating in many other activities, Brett demonstrates strong leadership skills that make him a valuable member of this team and are indicative of the success he will find in graduate school and his career.”

According to Moriarty’s mother, Cheryl, he was a member of the Medical Lake High School Future Farmers of America team that went to nationals in 2007. After graduation he served one year with the Washington State FFA and then attended Butler Community College in Kansas for two years on a livestock judging scholarship.

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