Katilyn Lewter, a Lincoln County High School FFA alumna, was selected as one of 11 college seniors hailing from five different states to be named as an All-American at the 112th National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest Awards Breakfast held at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky.
Lewter is currently a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville majoring in animal science and minoring in food and agricultural business. She is currently serving as president of the Block and Bridle Club and is a member of both the Chancellor’s Honors Program and National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
She was recently named outstanding junior in the Department of Animal Science. She has also been a member of the UT Horse Judging Team and most notably has finished sixth high individual at the southeastern livestock judging contest this past spring.
Her future goals include attending veterinary medicine school after graduation in spring 2019 and pursing specialization within equine reproduction.
“My four years with the Lincoln County FFA enabled me to build a solid foundation embedded in agriculture leadership that has only been cultivated upon during my time here at the University of Tennessee,” Katilyn said.
The All-American program recognizes students who have made a personal commitment to livestock judging and have excelled in academics, university and industry activities, and community service. The program was initiated by the University Livestock Judging Coaches Association in 2000, making this the 18th year the awards have been presented.
These select eleven students were nominated by their respective coaches and animal science departments. A panel of current and former animal science department administrators from across the country reviewed the nominees and selected these award winners. The average GPA of this year’s recipients was an impressive 3.83.
Lewter makes UT history by being the first selected into this prestigious honor. She reflects on this opportunity by saying, “Collegiate Livestock Judging has been yet another opportunity to grow my love for the agriculture industry and prepare me for my future in the animal health industry.
“Looking forward, I am hoping to use these experiences to my advantage as I apply for veterinary medicine school,” she added.