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The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and advocate for all dogs, is pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural Junior Versatility Awards through the AKC Junior Recognition Program.

The program, which launched in March 2017, is designed to recognize Juniors that participate in a variety of sports.  Juniors are awarded points for event participation, earning qualifying scores or placements, and earning titles in AKC events. To qualify for the Versatility Program, a Junior must compete in at least three different AKC sports.  The top four Juniors receive scholarships.  The first and second place scholarships are generously offered by Carolyn and Gary Koch in memory of GCHP Hill Country’s Let’s Get Ready to Rumble. Third and fourth place scholarships are offered by the AKC National Junior Organization.

Mari-Beth O’Neill, Vice President of Sport Services, announced the 2017 winners at a ceremony held in conjunction with the AKC National Championship in Orlando. 

First Place Winner

Avery Adams of Belleville, IL: Avery competed in Agility, Obedience, Rally and Junior Showmanship with her Border Collies and English Springer Spaniel. She will receive a $3,000 scholarship.

Second Place Winner

David Frasca of St. Charles, MO: David competed in Agility, Obedience and Rally with Golden Retrievers and Standard Schnauzers. He will receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Third Place Winner

Destiny Lytle of Palmer, AK: Destiny competed in Agility, Junior Showmanship and Rally with Cardigan Welsh Corgis, German Shepherd Dogs and a Brittany. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Fourth Place Winner

Mary Claire Citbor of Milner, GA: Claire competed in AKC Hunt Tests, Junior Showmanship and Rally with Brittanys. She will receive a $500 scholarship.

“Juniors are important to the future of our sports,” says Doug Ljungren, Executive Vice President of AKC Sports & Events. “These young ladies and gentlemen have demonstrated hard work, dedication and their love for dogs.  It is challenging to participate in a variety of sports and we are honored to acknowledge their accomplishments with these Junior Versatility Awards.”

For downloadable images of the recipients, click here.