July 21, 2014


meats team australia

All American Team - Coach Tate Corliss, Morgan Boyer, Cody Shannon, Skyler Glenn, Scotta Faulkenberry, Alan Caro, and Coach Clint Alexandar.


Members of the Clarendon College meats team are world champions in meat judging after competing in Australia last week.

Scotta Faulkenberry of Stephenville, Texas, and Cody Shannon of Royse City, Texas, along with two students from Garden City Community College in Kansas, placed first over 13 other international teams from Australian universities, the United States, Japan, South Korea and Indonesia.

The All American team placed first with 4385 out of a possible 5020 points to win the competition and the Roy McDonald Shield at the Australia International Meat Conference last week.  The team bested the second place team from Charles Sturt University Wagga by 46 points.  The University of New England placed third.

Morgan Boyer, of Wallisville, Texas, also represented Clarendon College at the contest and served as an alternate on the All American team.

Individually, Scotta placed 3rd High Individual, Cody placed 4th High Individual, and Morgan placed in the top 15.

In the competition, the students are required to judge beef, lamb and pork carcasses and primals, along with identifying a range of beef primals and beef, lamb and pork retail cuts. The judging of carcasses and primals is based on yield, muscling and quality to evaluate their retail value.

“I am extremely proud of these students,"  Clarendon College Coach Tate Corliss said.  “They represented Clarendon College and the United States at the international level and preformed with excellence and humility.”

“We are so thankful for all the support that help make this trip possible," Morgan said.  “We appreciate our coach, the College, and our Australian hosts.”

Everyone at Clarendon College is extremely proud of this group and their coach.

“Scotta, Morgan, and Cody brought a tremendous amount of pride to Clarendon College and I am also thankful for the tremendous support we received from the College and community,” CC Livestock Judging Coach and Director of Agriculture Johnny Treichel said.

“This group has exceeded expectations all year,” CC President Dr. Robert Riza said.  “What a great achievement to finish their careers at Clarendon."

All three Clarendon College students plan to attend Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, this fall.

The two Garden City Community College students, Alan Caro and Skyler Glenn, placed first and eighth, respectively, in the individual competition.

“The caliber of this year’s participants showed the passion that young people have for the meat and livestock industry and the enthusiasm that they have for driving the industry forward into the future,” outgoing ICMJ President and General Manager of Kerwee Lot Feeders Brad Robinson said.  “The international contingent, with teams from the US, Japan, Korea and Indonesia, allowed students to interact and learn from some of Australia’s major trading partners, building networks for the future.”

A breakdown of the results by contest is as follows:

Primal & Retail Cut Identification – Scotta Faulkenberry, Runner-Up Individual; All American, Runner-up team.

Pork Judging – All American, Runner-up team.

Lamb Judging – All American, Runner-up team.

Beef Judging – All American, Winning team.

Overall Question & Reasons - Scotta Faulkenberry, Winning Individual; All American, Winning team.


July 14, 2014


Three Clarendon College athletes were among 1,800 student-athletes from across the nation named to the NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards list released recently.

Clarissa Elizondo (women’s basketball) received the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement for a GPA between 3.80-3.99.

Ryan Backus (baseball) and Brandon Turner (baseball) received the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement for GPAs between 3.60-3.79.

“I want to congratulate Ryan, Brandon and Clarissa on receiving these national academic awards,”  Clarendon College Athletic Director Brad Vanden Boogaard said.  “I want to thank them for their dedication to being great role models and leaders for our athletes.  They have shown that with good time management and priorities you can be successful in the classroom and as an athlete.  These three have shown our other athletes how to compete in all areas of life and they will be very successful in all their future endeavors.”

Vanden Boogaard also served as the women’s basketball coach for 2013-14 and said he is very proud of Clarissa.

“I have grown to admire the effort she puts into everything she does in life,” he said.  “Over the past two years she has been a big part of developing a culture in the Women's Basketball program.  She has held herself to very high standards which in return pulled teammates to follow her and we saw others start to hold themselves to higher standards.”

CC Baseball Coach Devin McIntosh said balancing the demands of a student athlete while maintaining such high academic standards is a tremendous achievement.

“Ryan and Brandon have demonstrated a level of work ethic and commitment both on the field and in the classroom over the last two years that has challenged everyone in the program,” he said.  “I wish both continued success beyond Clarendon.”



May 5, 2014

Clarendon College this week released the names of student athletes receiving all-region and all-conference honors for its basketball, softball, and rodeo programs.

Brandi Leal was named the MVP and all-conference for the Lady Bulldogs basketball team, and Hershell grant was the MVP and all-conference for the Bulldogs.

Karina Juarez received outfield all-region and all-conference honors for the Lady Bulldogs softball team. Three CC women received all-conference honorable mention recognitions: HM Pitcher, Gabby Gloria; and HM Infield, Paige Lafferty and Yesi Rodriguez.

One member of the Clarendon College rodeo team received all-conference recognition. Colten Jackson was honorable mention for Saddle Bronc Riding.



May 2, 2014

2014 academic awards

Clarendon College recognized top students during an awards ceremony May 1. Students were selected by faculty members based on a variety of character traits and not strictly on academic performance. Students who were honored included (not in order) Adam Topper, David Bell, Connor McKowen, Jessica Humphrey, Isela Sandoval, Whitney Lane, Oliver Cabrales, Kacee McGraw, Sabra Barnett, April Dewey, Courtney Taylor, Lisamarie Williams, Kitzi Weller, Earline Gifford, Consuelo Perez, Makeba Proby, Brittiney Mathes, Benjamin Raulston, Colby Newbrough, Megan Chambers, Belinda Scott, Jennifer Price, and Megan Chambers.