Cody Theis, Leavenworth, Kan., has earned the National Junior Angus Association's Bronze and Silver awards, according to Robin Ruff, junior activities director of the American Angus Associationin Saint Joseph, Mo.
The 17-year-old son of Gerald Theis and Tina Casella attends Pleasant Ridge High School and is a member of the NJAA and the Kansas Junior Angus Association where he has served as district director and currently serves as reporter. Cody is also a member of the Northeast Kansas District Association where he has served as president for the past three years.
He has participated in state, regional and national shows. At the National Junior Angus Show, Cody participated in the quiz bowl, photography, team fitting and livestock judging contests. He was a participant in the 2008 Leaders Engaged in Angus Development Conference and the 2010 Raising the Bar Conference.
Cody has submitted weight data to the Angus Herd Improvement Records.
The Bronze and Silver awards are the first two levels of the NJAA Recognition Program that began in 1972. Junior Angus breeders must apply for the awards, then meet point requirements in many areas of participation before receiving the honors. Applicants are evaluated in areas of junior Angus association activities and leadership, participation in showmanship, contests and shows, using performance testing to improve their herd and their progress in producing and merchandising Angus cattle.
The NJAA promotes the involvement of young people in raising Angus cattle, while also providing leadership and self-development opportunities for the nearly 6,000 active members nationwide.