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Lilly Hildebrand receives 2020 Award of Merit

Lilly Hildebrand receives 2020 Award of Merit from Oklahoma State University Department of Animal and Food Sciences.
Lilly Hildebrand receives 2020 Award of Merit

Lilly Hildebrand

Each spring, the OSU Department of Animal and Food Sciences presents awards and scholarships at its annual banquet. Lilly Hildebrand, animal science senior, received a 2020 Award of Merit.

Lilly Hildebrand is Chris Hildebrand and Jacky Eshelby’s youngest child. She grew up in Templeton, California raising black face ewes alongside her grandparents, Bob and Joanne Cummings, as well as, Angus and Simmental-Angus cattle with her dad. Additionally, Lilly dedicated most of her childhood to exhibiting market lambs and steers with her two siblings, Nolan and Kayla. Having a family of agriculture instructors, Lilly’s involvement in agriculture started at a young age in 4-H.  While a member of Templeton FFA her passion for production agriculture grew and motivated her to pursue a degree that would enable her to continue to be involved in the agriculture industry. She decided to obtain a degree in animal science with a minor in agribusiness.

Lilly has been a student employee at the OSU Sheep and Goat Unit. While working at the barn, she has spent time assisting in the day-to-day operations, helped with ongoing research studies and participated in running the Oklahoma Youth Exposition and Tulsa State Fair sheep classifications and livestock judging contest.

Lilly has explored different careers within the agriculture industry. She began with an internship at the San Diego County Fair specializing in creating educational pieces about agriculture to help teach surrounding areas of urban California about livestock and meat production. She was a livestock intern for the Oklahoma Youth Exposition in 2018 and 2019. Giving her the opportunity to help in running the livestock and entries department of “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Most recently Lilly was a marketing intern for the American Meat Science Association, helping in designing social media pieces, writing press releases and putting on their annual Reciprocal Meats Conference.

While at OSU, Lilly was a member of the Freshman in Transition Program, National Leadership Society, American Angus Association, California Angus Association and the Food Science Club. Furthermore, she was chosen to be a member of the Oklahoma Agriculture Leadership Encounter Class XVII where she has traveled to various regions in Oklahoma learning about regional agriculture, assisted with the Oklahoma Youth Expo, visited Washington D.C., and will travel to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal this summer.

Lilly was a member of the 2018 National Champion Intercollegiate Meat Judging Team and was honored to be a part of Oklahoma State University history being the second agriculture institution to win the “triple crown” of judging. She was named an All-American and was in the top-ten individuals at many Meat Judging Contests. Lilly was also honored with the Lowell Walters Outstanding Meat Judging award. She has continued her involvement with meat judging by assisting with the 4-H and FFA contests as well as helping the 2019 and 2020 OSU meat judging teams. Lilly was a member of the 2019 Meat Animal Evaluation team.

She has been actively dedicated to her schooling and volunteer work. Lilly has been on the President’s and Dean’s List multiple times during her undergrad. She also enjoys helping her FFA chapter back home with their fair animals. As well as spending time volunteering at her church and local hospital.

Upon graduation in May, Lilly plans to obtain her Master’s in nursing, followed by further schooling and training with an end goal of becoming a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.

Being a part of the cowboy family has opened many doors for Lilly, and she cannot wait to use all of the professional and personal skills she has gained to further her education in a new field of study. Lilly looks forward to the day she is able to educate the families she will touch within the NICU about agriculture and the industry she loves.

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