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Young Angus leaders announced

Pearls Pics, on behalf of the American Angus Association Two rows of people, front sitting in chairs and back standing
These 12 individuals will serve as the National Junior Angus Association Board of Directors for the coming year. Front row, from left: Sydnee Gerken, Cashion, Okla.; Madison Sundsbak, Des Lacs, N.D.; Hayley DeHaan, McMinnville, Ore.; Dawson Dal Porto, Oakley, Calif.; Brody Fitzgerald, West Grove, Pa., and Jera Pipkin, Republic, Mo. Back row, from left: Caroline Cowles, Rockfield, Ky.; Baxter Knapp, Bloomfield, Iowa; Grady Dickerson, Paradise, Kan.; Keegan Cassady, Normal, Ill.; Dylan Denny, Lubbock, Texas; and Tyler Bush, Britton, S.D.
Young leaders appointed for two-year term during which they travel and promote the Angus breed.

The National Junior Angus Association announced their new leadership team at the National Junior Angus Show in Madison, Wisconsin.

National Junior Angus Board members serve two-year terms, the first year on the board of directors and the second as officers in the association. During this two-year period, they travel and present, promoting the Angus breed and helping juniors be successful.

Junior officers

The new National Junior Board Officers:

  • Sydnee Gerken, chairman;
  • Madison Sundsbak, vice-chair;
  • Haley DeHaan; communications director;
  • Dawson Dal Porto, Angus Foundation director;
  • Brody Fitzgerald, leadership director, and
  • Jera Pipkin, membership director.

Junior board

The new board members:

  • Keegan Cassady, Bloomington, Illinois. Cassady is not from a farm background; yet, when her dad purchased her first Angus heifer, she was hooked on the breed and the association. She is  a junior at Oklahoma State University majoring in animal science, emphasis in business, pre-law option, planning to pursue a career in agricultural policy.
  • Tyler Bush, Britton, South Dakota. Bush is a sixth-generation Angus breeder and said a major aspect of the NJAA that has influenced him has been the mentorship program. He is attending Hutchinson Community College majoring in agribusiness and minoring in animal science, and his goal is to judge collegiately before returning to his family’s Angus operation.
  • Caroline Cowles, Rockfield, Kentucky. Cowles had her first American Angus Association membership at the age of five and is looking forward to engaging more with the conferences offered through the NJAA. She attends Oklahoma State University majoring in animal science with a focus on biotechnology and hopes to enter a career in medical or pharmaceuticals.
  • Dylan Denny, Lubbock, Texas. Denny grew up with strong Angus influences despite being raised in the suburbs of Texas and has his own herd of cattle totaling 65 head. He will be a freshman at Oklahoma State University majoring in agricultural business with a minor in animal science.
  • Grady Dickerson, Paradise, Kansas. Dickerson says the strength of this Angus breed is the leaders and producers who strive to continuously improve. He is attending Kansas State University majoring in food science with the goal of working in food distribution.
  • Baxter Knapp, Bloomfield, Iowa. Knapp is a second-generation Angus breeder and said his goal is to bring more connections at the state level through the mentorship program. A sophomore at Illinois Central College majoring in animal science/agricultural business, he will be transferring to a four-year university to pursue a career in the agriculture industry with emphasis on the Angus breed. 

Source: American Angus Association

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