Junior News Update
Attention Angus youth: Is performing a musical talent in front of thousands of your friends a dream for you? If so, you have the opportunity to make your dream a reality. This year for the first time the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) will feature an opportunity for Angus youth to make their dreams come true by showcasing their musical talents. The 2007 NJAS Opening Ceremonies will feature Angus youth and their musical talents.
Talented Angus youth will be selected from those submitting an audition video or DVD to perform as a part of the opening ceremonies. The submission may be an individual or a group and must be submitted by May 1, 2007. A limited number of acts will be selected to be a part of the opening ceremonies. These acts may also be requested to perform at other times throughout the NJAS as well as to present the national anthem prior to the start of the cattle show each morning.
Talent submissions should include: name, address, phone number, e-mail address and member code. Submit contact information with a three- to five-minute video or DVD of the act along with any other supporting materials. Audition materials should be sent to Gaye Pfeiffer, Attn: NJAS American Dream, Rt. 2, Box 131, Mulhall, OK 73063. Questions about The American Dream auditions can be answered by calling Gaye at (405) 880-1993. As with all entries, postmark deadlines should be met, as exceptions are not made.
For more information about the 2007 NJAS, visit www.njas.info.
The ownership and entry deadline for the Atlantic National Junior Angus Show is April 15. Although the event is a regional preview show for junior members, the Atlantic National show management accepts the entries. For information or to request entry forms, contact Harry Bachman at (717) 867-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Juniors should also remember May 1 as the deadline for several application forms:
May 15 is another important deadline:
For more information contact the Junior Activities Department or go to www.njaa.info.
More than $100,000 in educational scholarships will be available this year to Angus youth through the Angus Foundation scholarship program. Applications must be postmarked on or before May 1 to be considered eligible.
Applications and instructions are available at www.angusfoundation.org. Please closely follow the instructions, as incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Note that there is a separate application for the NJAA/CAB scholarship that is offered through the Angus Foundation.
— information provided by the American Angus Association
The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) will accept applications for its Junior Scholarship through March 31. The scholarship is worth $500 for a college sophomore majoring in a beef-related discipline. The NDSA awards the scholarship annually to one qualified individual.
In order to be eligible, applicants must be residents of North Dakota; be enrolled in an accredited North Dakota college or university; have an interest in the state’s beef cattle industry; have a grade-point average of 2.0 or higher; and be a member (or a child of a member) of the NDSA.
An application form is available by contacting the NDSA at (701) 223-2522 or by downloading a copy from www.ndstockmen.org. The scholarship will be awarded at the NDSA Annual Convention & Trade Show in Bismarck, N.D., in September 2007.
— release provided by the NDSA
A new scholarship is available for junior beef exhibitors of the Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE). The KILE Beef Committee is offering two scholarships to college students, one for $1,000 and one for $500.
More than 200 junior beef exhibitors participate at KILE annually. The new scholarship was created to recognize their commitment and provide an additional benefit by helping them pay for college. A percentage of the funds raised from the Youth Beef Benefit Auction at the 2006 KILE has been dedicated to the Junior Beef Exhibitor Scholarship Fund.
The two recipients will be recognized at this year’s KILE, on Friday, Oct. 5, at the Youth Beef Benefit Auction. This year’s KILE will be Sept. 29-Oct. 7 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pa.
To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have exhibited beef cattle in the Junior Beef Show at KILE for at least one year since 2004. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree or certification program at a post-secondary educational institution (college, university, trade, or technical school). Awards will be based on academics, community leadership, agricultural activities and KILE involvement.
Applications must be postmarked by June 1 and sent to Jim Sharp, PA Farm Show Complex, 2300 North Cameron St., Harrisburg, PA 17110. Applications are available at www.keystoneinternational.state.pa.us (click on “Forms & Brochures”), or by contacting Jim Sharp at (717) 787-2905.
— information provided by KILE
The Texas CattleWomen and Merial Ltd. will award a $1,000 scholarship to a Texas college student completing an internship for summer 2007. The scholarship is funded through Ivomec®: Generations of Excellence, a program designated for young people planning careers related to the cattle industry.
The application deadline for the scholarship is May 1. To be eligible, applicants must be classified as a junior, senior or graduate student at a Texas college or university and majoring in an agriculture-related field. The applicant must have a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher and a minimum of six weeks or 240 hours of employment as an intern for summer 2007. For additional information or an application form, contact Erin Worrell at (830) 864-5161 or email@example.com.
— information provided by the Texas CattleWomen
March is National Nutrition Month, and the Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC) is encouraging consumers to kick the fads and get back to the basics. MBIC Director of Consumer Information Alane Lidolph says the theme for National Nutrition Month this year is “100 Percent Fad-Free.”
“National Nutrition Month is sponsored every March by the American Dietetic Association, and it’s a nutrition education and information campaign really designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food decisions and developing healthy and sound eating and physical activity habits.”
Lidolph says the theme this year highlights the latest government dietary guidelines outlined in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) MyPyramid program. More about USDA’s dietary guidelines can be found at www.mypyramid.gov.
— article adapted from a Missouri Beef Industry Council release
— compiled by Crystal Albers, associate editor, Angus Productions Inc.
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