Casey Kidd of Brady received the American Junior Simmental Association (AJSA) $750 Silver Merit Award at the 2003 National Junior Simmental Classic on July 18, in Kearney Neb. The Silver Merit Award is the second highest scholarship award presented to the AJSA members and must be used for post-secondary school education. The recipients must meet the strict criteria set by the American Simmental Association Foundation. The award recognizes the recipient’s scholarship, leadership, community interest and beef industry involvement. In 2003, only 10 junior members received the scholarship. Kidd has been actively involved with the AJSA since he was nine-years-old. A recent graduate of Rochelle High School, Kidd intends to pursue a degree and ultimate career in wildlife management. Headquartered in Bozeman, Mont., the American Simmental Association maintains the breed registries for the Simmental and Simbrah breeds of cattle. The organization has a membership of over 11,000 including over 5,000 juniors.