Amanda Toth, President
Hometown: Anacortes, Wash.
Toth is studying to be a vet tech at Pima Medical Institute in Renton, Wash.
Favorite Show Heifer: Sugar
Tara Tellefson, Vice President
Hometown: Warden, Wash.
Tellefson is studying at Big Bend Community College.
Favorite Show Heifer: Joy
Cassandra Garcia, Secretary
Hometown: Renton, Wash.
Garcia is serving as the office manager at the Washington State Beef Commission.
Favorite Show Heifer: Lucy 😍
Michaela Buyer, Treasurer
Hometown: Silverdale, Wash.
Buyer is a student at Olympic College in Bremerton, Wash.
Favorite Show Heifer: Crystal
Kelsey Vejraska, Western Reprsentative
Hometown: Omak, WA
Freshman at OSU Studying Agricultural Communications and Agri-Buisness
Favorite Heifer: DPL Sandy 7417
TyAnn Tellefson, Eastern Representative
Miss Sydney Rylaarsdam
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National Junior Angus Association
The National Junior Angus Association Board of Directors offers leadership development beyond the boundaries of local or state groups. During their two-year terms they develop and carry out programs and events to serve junior members and the Angus breed across the nation. The first NJAA Board of Directors was elected in Wichita, Kansas at the 1980 National Junior Angus Show.
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.