KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three youth were chosen for their involvement in the Hereford industry on the local and national level at the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Kansas City, Mo., July 16.
Each year the National Hereford Women and the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) sponsor the Prospect Awards for young adults sixth through eighth grade. Winners are selected from each grade represented based on a written application.
The Prospect Award winners are: sixth grade – Paige Longstreth, Rennselaer, Ind.; seventh grade – J.D. Schnitker, Turkey, Texas.; eighth grade –Brett Jones, Darlington, Wis. Each Prospect Award winner receives a picture plaque.
Paige Longstreth, 12, has been an NJHA and Indiana Junior Hereford Association member for four years. Paige says one of the highlights of her showing career was winning champion Hereford steer at the 2008 Hoosier Beef Congress. Paige is also a member of the National Junior Swine Association, the Junior Boer Goat Association, church youth group and girl scouts.
J.D. Schnitker, 13, has been a member of the NJHA for eight years and the Texas Junior Hereford Association (TJHA) for 10 years. J.D. is an accomplished livestock judger. His team won first place at the 2009 JNHE. He is also active in 4-H where he is currently vice president of his club, FFA, church football and basketball.
Brett Jones, 14, has been a member of the NJHA and the Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association for eight years. Brett has attended every JNHE since 2005 where he has represented Wisconsin in basketball, photography, poster, quiz bowl, team fitting, team marketing, speech, showmanship and judging contests. He also enjoys hockey, football and track.
The 2011 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo was sponsored in part by Biozyme Inc., St. Joseph, Mo. The NJHA is one of the most active junior programs in the country with approximately 3,000 members. The NJHA’s mission is to create and promote enthusiasm for the breed while providing opportunities through leadership, education and teamwork. For more information about the NJHA, visit www.jrhereford.org.