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JUNIOR Officers

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Katie Emerson, President

Hometown: Almira, Wash.

Age: 21

Emerson is studying Agricultural Science at Oregon State University

Favorite Show Heifer: Boo Boo

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Tara Tellefson, Vice President

Hometown: Warden, Wash.

Age: 18

Tellefson is studying at Big Bend Community College.

Favorite Show Heifer: Joy

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Cassandra Garcia, Secretary

Hometown: Renton, Wash.

Age: 21

Garcia is serving as the office manager at the Washington State Beef Commission.

Favorite Show Heifer: Lucy 😍

Michaela Buyer, Treasurer

Hometown: Silverdale, Wash.

Age: 19

Buyer is a student at Olympic College in Bremerton, Wash.

Favorite Show Heifer: Crystal

Amanda Toth, Western Representative

Hometown: Anacortes, Wash.

Age: 20

Toth is studying to be a vet tech at Pima Medical Institute in Renton, Wash.

Favorite Show Heifer: Sugar

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TyAnn Tellefson, Eastern Representative

Advisors

Katie Rosman
509-641-1363

Darci Toth
360-770-7761

 Advisors Darci Toth (left) and Katie Rosman (right) took a group of WJAA members to the 2018 National Junior Angus Show in Madison, Wis.

Advisors Darci Toth (left) and Katie Rosman (right) took a group of WJAA members to the 2018 National Junior Angus Show in Madison, Wis.


Become a Junior Member

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Shows

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Evergreen Exclusive

All Breed Jackpot Show

October 14 | Grant County Fairgrounds

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Evergreen Angus Futurity

July 19 – 21, 2018 | Grant County Fairgrounds

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WJAA Field Day

May 18 – 19 | Kittitas County Fairgrounds


LEAD Conference

On August 1, 2018 five youth from the state of Washington began their journey to the annual LEAD Conference hosted by the National Junior Angus Association. The road trip began in Elk, WA at Hanson Livestock, where juniors gathered at the home of Ashley Hanson, a student at Oklahoma State University.

As a three-time attendee of the conference she shares her favorite part about the conference was being able to listen to Darryl Stevenson discuss the different joys and hardships of shipping and raising Angus cattle overseas. Other attendees of the conference included Katie Emerson of Almira, Wash., who is attending Eastern Oregon University and Oregon State University.

Emerson said, “My favorite part of the conference was being able to experience the different aspects of the industry and to build different opportunities with those around me.”

Other attendees included, a fourth-year attendee, Kelsey Vejraska, who is attending Oklahoma State University, Cassandra Garcia who works with the Washington State Beef Commission, and first-time attendee, Alianna Koesel. 

Angus juniors toured Genex, Origen, Midland Bull Test, Billings Livestock Commission and Vermillion Angus Ranch. Junior learned from Darryl Stevenson, who educated them about the trading of cattle overseas to countries such as Russia, China, and Argentina. Juniors then participated in workshops from industry leaders on the topics of meat science, Beef Quality Assurance and reproduction.

The conference was a great experience where juniors were able to meet other Angus members and network with industry leaders. Fellow WJAA members are encouraged to attend LEAD Conference to gain valuable skills and to make connections which will last a lifetime.


National Junior Recognition Program

Congratulations to our members, Cassandra Garcia and Matt Rosman for being awarded their Bronze and Silver awards. Cassandra also received her Gold award at the 2018 National Junior Angus Show.