Each year, twelve young men and women represent the Angus breed as the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) Board of Directors. At the 2013 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Kansas City, Mo., six young people were elected to the join the board.
The new additions to the 2013-2014 NJAA Board of Directors are: Will Fiske, Greenville, Va.; Shane Kerner, Weiser, Idaho; Jessica Radcliffe, Weston, Wis.; Lindsay Upperman, Chambersburg, Pa.; Cory Watt, Iva, S.C.; and Tylee Jo Williams, Rio Vista, Texas.
“It was hard to believe that all of my hard work finally paid off,” Williams says. “I can’t wait to begin this journey and give back to this organization.”
The newly elected directors were chosen by delegates representing each state at the 2013 NJAS. They will serve a two-year term and travel across the country to various events, while promoting the Angus breed and helping youth succeed in the NJAA. The NJAA board members’ first activity is the Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) conference in New Orleans, La., August 1-4.
Get to Know the New Board Members
A native from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Fiske has served as President of the Virginia Junior Angus Association and assisted in planning the Virginia Tech Raising the Bar conference in 2013. The seventh-generation cattle producer will complete his senior year at Virginia Tech this fall. Fiske will receive his degree in animal sciences with a minor in agricultural economics.
Kerner is a current member of the Idaho and Northwest Junior Angus Association. She assists her family with their commercial ranch and started her own Angus herd in 2007. This fall, Kerner will be attending Kansas State University and working toward her degree in animal sciences, with an emphasis in business and communications.
From the state of Wisconsin, Radcliffe is a fourth-generation Angus breeder and current member of the Wisconsin Junior Angus Association. Radcliffe is a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign pursuing a degree in agricultural and consumer economics with a concentration in agribusiness markets and management, as well as a minor in animal sciences.
Upperman has been a member of the Pennsylvania Junior Angus Association since 2004 and has held several leadership positions. She is a recent graduate of Butler Community College, where she received her associates of science in agriculture. This fall, she will attend Kansas State University and major in animal sciences with a minor in biotechnology.
Watt has been an active member of the NJAA since 2000, attending his first NJAS in 2003. He will enter his senior year at Clemson University this fall, where he studies animal and veterinary science, with a focus in agriculture business.
From the Lone Star State, Williams is a fifth-generation Angus breeder and has been involved in the Texas Junior Angus Association since 2002. Williams is a sophomore at Texas Tech University and is pursuing a degree in agricultural communications.
Also at the NJAS, second-year NJAA board members were elected to officer positions. Named chairman was Jacy Alsup, Gravette, Ark.; Vice Chairman, Daniel McFarland, Keithville, La.; Communications Director, Maggie Jasper, Versailles, Ky.; Membership Director, Jena Wagner, Billings, Mont.; Leadership Director, Paige Wallace, Scotts City Mo.; and Foundation Director, Lucas Nord, Wolverton, Minn.
New faces also mean six board members said their goodbyes to the NJAA. Those who retired from the board are: JanLee Rowlett, Hurricane Mills, Tenn.; Sally Yon, Ridge Spring, S.C.; Jennifer Ewing, Rushville, Ill.; Megan Ahearn, Wills Point, Texas; Kelli Retallick, Glen Haven, Wis.; and Meghan Blythe, White City, Kan.
For more news and information from the 2013 NJAS, visit www.ANGUS.org to find contest results, awards, scholarships and show photos. Backdrop and candid photos will be available for purchase online. Coverage will be available on the NJAA Facebook page, as well.
Also, plan to tune in to a special NJAS episode of The Angus Report at 7:30 a.m. (central) Monday, July 22 on RFD-TV.