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Kansan Elected to National Junior Angus Board

Kansan Elected to National Junior Angus Board
Meghan Blythe, White City, joins six other candidates chosen for national board of Junior Angus.

A Kansas Junior Angus producer was elected to the National Junior Angus Association Board of Directors during closing ceremonies at the 2011 National Junior Angus Show in Harrisburg, Pa., last week.

Meghan Blythe, White City, was one of six candidates elected to join the board. The others are: Megan Ahearn, Wills Point, Texas; Jennifer Ewing, Rushville, Ill.; Kelli Retallick, Glen Haven, Wis.; JanLee Rowlett, Hurricane Mills, Tenn.; and Sally Yon, Ridge Spring, S.C.

Blythe has been a member of the Kansas Junior Angus Association for the past 10 years and will assume the role of president in 2011. Blythe is the daughter of Duane and Debbie Lyons-Blythe and will be a junior this fall at Kansas State University with a degree in agricultural economics/pre-law, with plans to become a lobbyist.

Junior Board members entering their second year were elected to officer positions. Clay Williams, Bishop, Ga., was named chairman; Austin Brandt, Corning, Iowa, was named vice chairman; Alisha Nord, Wolverton, Minn., was named communications director; Lindsey Grimes, Hillsboro, Ohio, was named Foundation director; Garrett Knebel, Winamac, Ind., was named leadership director; and Shane Clary, Brodnax, Va., was named membership director.

Board members ending their terms on the junior board included:

Britney Creamer, Montrose, Colo.; Cody Smith, West Plains, Mo.; Jennifer Ann Smith, Elysian Fields, Texas; Clinton Laflin, Olsburg, Kan.; Danielle Foster, Niles, Mich.; and Jaclyn Upperman, Chambersburg, Pa.

"The six outgoing officers worked hard during their time on the board and made an impact that cannot be overlooked. They have served as mentors and leaders to juniors and I know they will continue to positively impact the Angus industry," says Robin Ruff, American Angus Association director of junior activities. "I am looking forward to working with the new board and continuing to help young Angus breeders grow."

NJAS closing ceremonies also included the announcement of contest placings, awards and scholarships. Visit for more information, including videos, show results and photos. Coverage is also available on the National Junior Angus Association Facebook fan page. Backdrop and candid photos are available for purchase at

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