Rachel Strode Hamilton served the American Meat Science Association as Program Director of Intercollegiate Meats Judging from July 2000 until her untimely death. Rachel earned a B.S. degree in animal sciences from the University of Illinois in May 1998. While an undergraduate, she was a member of the 1997 Meats Judging Team and the 1998 Meat Animal Evaluation Team. She completed a Masters degree in meat science from the University of Illinois in May 2000, married Dan Hamilton in June, and immediately went to work for AMSA.

The Rachel Hamilton Memorial “Spirit” award was established to honor a member of each team selected by their peers whose winning approach exemplifies Rachel’s love of meats judging and makes them the teammate we all want to have. Rachel was extremely proud of her meats judging experience. She always strove to do her best, and her infectious attitude and dedication brought out the best in her teammates. Rachel was a very energetic, enthusiastic young woman with an infectious smile. Rachel, the eternal optimist, was a very compassionate, outgoing, kind individual who looked for the good in others. Her attitude, her ability to laugh, her work ethic, her loyalty, and her love of family and God are attributes she possessed and lived and left for us to emulate. Knowing Rachel made each of us a better person.

2012 A-Division Spirit Award

The 2012 Hamilton "Spirit" Awards for the A-Division were announced at the Cargill High Plains Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest on November 4, 2012. Those students receiving this award included: Matt Schneider, (Garden City Community College), Levi Rapp, (Fort Scott Community College); Cheyenne Morris (Western Texas College); Raven Crawford, (Tarleton State University); Travis Trevino, (Texas A&M Kingsville); and Jeremy Garcia, (Clarendon College ).

2012 Senior Division Spirit Award

The 2012 Hamilton "Spirit" Awards for the Senior Division were announced at the International Contest, held on November 18, 2012. Those students receiving this award included: Kylee Werland, (Angelo State University); Chloe Goodwin, (Colorado State University); Sara Sieren (Iowa State University); Tyler Schultz, (Kansas State University); Julie Feldpausch, (Michigan State University); Whitney Hansen, (North Dakota State University); Devin Gredell, (Oklahoma State University); Kevin Hauth, (South Dakota State University); Hope Voegele, (Texas A&M University); Zac Miller, (Texas Tech University); Lorraine English, (The Ohio State University); Hannah Shetters, (University of Florida); Jennifer Mleczko, (University of Illinois); Josie Yoakum, (University of Missouri); Paul Hansen, (University of Nebraska) and Kayla Foster, (University of Wyoming).

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