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The American Kennel Club (AKC®), a not-for-profit organization, the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce the winners of the AKC Junior Versatility Scholarships. Scholarships are awarded to the top 10 Juniors who competed in a minimum of three different competitive AKC Events. The dates of eligibility were July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023.

The scholarships are offered by Carolyn and Gary Koch in memory of Pug, GCHP Hill Country’s Let’s Get Ready To Rumble through the AKC Humane Fund, Elizabeth Fletcher in memory of Doris A. Wall, the North Carolina Triangle Judges Education Group, and the AKC® National Junior Organization.

First place ($3,000): Theodore Moore from Bethel, MN.  Theodore competes in Agility, Obedience, Rally, Pointing Breed Hunt Tests, Fast Cat, Junior Showmanship, CGC and Trick Dog with his German Shorthaired Pointers

Second Place ($2,500): Ava Gardner from St. Louis Park, MN.  Ava competes in Agility, Fast Cat, Junior Showmanship, and Rally with her English Cocker and her Swedish Vallhund.

Third Place ($2,000): Christopher Plank from Waterloo, IL.  Christopher competes in Agility, Fast Cat, Scent Work, Rally, Trick Dog and Virtual Home Manners with his German Shepherd Dog.

Fourth Place ($1,500): Kaylin Smith, from Ballwin, MO.  Kaylin competes in Agility, Fast Cat, and Rally with her Standard Schnauzer and Border Collie.

Fifth Place ($1,000): Grant Gooding, from Baldwin, WI.  Grant competes in Pointing Breed Hunt Tests and Field Trials, Fast Cat, Junior Showmanship, Obedience, Rally and Trick Dog with his German Shorthaired Pointers, Irish Setter, and English Setter.

Sixth Place ($750): Kirbie Allen from Tupelo, MS.  Kirbie competes in Cat, Fast Cat, Junior Showmanship and Lure Coursing with her Borzoi and Whippet.

Seventh Place ($500): Marilyn Dempsey, from Wylie,TX.  Marilyn competes in Junior Showmanship, Agility, and Fast Cat with her Chihuahuas.

Eighth place ($250): Anja Cikara-Gocke from Wellington, CO.  Anja competes in Fast Cat, Junior Showmanship, Obedience, Rally, and Trick Dog primarily with her Australian Shepherds.

Ninth Place ($250):  Allison Chism from Reddick, FL.  Allison competes in Agility, Fast Cat, Junior Showmanship, Coursing Ability Test, Virtual Home Manners, and the Agility League with German Wirehaired Pointers.

Tenth Place, ($250): Sarah Ford from Stanford, KY. Sarah competes in Agility, Rally and Scent Work with her Miniature American Shepherds.