The American Kennel Club has selected 19 students from around the country to receive the AKC Junior Scholarships for 2013. The scholarships range from $1,000 to $2,000 and are given each year to students with good academics who are also involved in purebred dogs, specifically those active in AKC clubs and events. Mari-Beth O’Neill, AVP of Sport Services, said, “It’s wonderful to be able to reward the accomplishments and the enthusiasm of the young people in our sport through the AKC Junior Scholarship program. We wish them well as they complete their education and move onward to even greater success in their careers and the dog world.”
Scholarship winners participate in many different AKC events, including conformation, agility, obedience, AKC Rally, tracking, hunting and therapy dogs. Some of the winners have competed in AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Junior Showmanship, judged Junior Showmanship, competed at the AKC National Agility Championship, won first place and a Gold Medal at the FCI Agility World Championships, and some are Honor Society members, Dean’s Lists members and Class Valedictorians.
Below are the winners of the AKC Junior Scholarship recipients, released April 25, 2013, by the AKC.
Taylor Ault (Powell, Tenn.) attends the University of Tennessee and has participated in Junior Showmanship, AKC Rally, Agility and therapy dog work with her Golden Retrievers.
Sarah Broom (Chehalis, Wash.) attends Washington State University (Pre-vet) and has participated in Junior Showmanship and 4-H with her Basset Hounds.
Lauren Duckworth (Leeds, Ala.) attends Auburn University and competes in Agility. She has attended the AKC National Agility Championships and owns Papillons and Border Collies.
Katherine Eldredge (Vernon, N.Y.) attends Cornell University and has participated in Junior Showmanship, tracking and therapy dog work. She has bred dogs and is a published author. She owns Belgian Tervuren and Pembroke Welsh Corgis.
Lauren Hay-Lavitt (Westminster, Calif.) attends Long Beach City College and participated in Junior Showmanship with her German Shorthaired Pointer.
Alllison Kirk (Corrales, N.M.) is a high school senior and has participated in Junior Showmanship, Conformation and AKC Rally. Her breed is the Silky Terrier.
Amanda Lofthus (Nampa, Idaho) is a high school senior who competes in Agility. Her breed is the Border Collie.
Lauren Moore (Norman, Okla.) is a high school senior who has participated in Junior Showmanship, AKC Rally and Earthdog with her English Cocker Spaniels and Border Terriers.
Samantha Parsons (Canal Winchester, Ohio) attends Ohio State University. She competes in Agility and has attended the AKC National Agility Championship. Her breeds are the Shetland Sheepdog, Border Collie and Toy Fox Terrier.
Haley Pemble (Snohomish, Wash.) attends Everett Community College and has competed in Junior Showmanship and AKC Rally with a Shetland Sheepdog.
Melinda Pope (Hearne, Texas) attends Texas A&M University and has participated in Agility, Herding and 4-H with Border Collies.
Amanda Prince (Agoura Hills, Calif.) attends UC Davis and has competed at the AKC National Agility Championship and AKC Agility Invitational. Her breeds are the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Border Collie.
Bridget Ratcliffe (Millersville, Md.) attends Johns Hopkins University and has participated in Junior Showmanship and AKC Rally with Smooth Fox Terriers, Papillons and Border Terriers. She is also a breeder.
Victoria Self (Orlando, Fla.) attends the University of Florida and has competed in Agility with a Labrador Retriever and Border Collies. She has won a National Agility Championship, represented the AKC at Crufts and won a gold medal as part of the AKC/USA World Agility Team.
Cali Shattuck (Lake Mary, Fla.) attends the University of North Florida. She is a former Junior Showmanship participant and breeder of Basenjis.
Kylie Soafer (Roswell, Ga.) is a high school senior. She has competed in Juniors with Weimaraners and Great Danes and is also a breeder.
William Swanson (Jamestown, N.Y.) is a high school senior who has participated in Junior Showmanship, Obedience, AKC Rally, Herding, therapy dog work and 4-H with Australian Shepherds.
Emma Thomason (Petaluma, Calif.) is a high school senior and has competed in Agility with her Papillon.
Kali Young (Chelsea, Mich.) is a high school senior and has participated in hunt tests with her Vizslas.