SAINT JOSPEH, Mo. — Avary Blakey, Stillwater, Okla., has earned the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA) Bronze and Silver awards, according to Jaclyn Upperman, education and events director of the American Angus Association® in Saint Joseph, Mo.
Blakey is the 17-year-old daughter of Bo Blakey and attends Stillwater High School. She is a member of the NJAA and the Oklahoma Junior Angus Association, where she has served as president and royalty.
She has participated in local, state and national shows.
The Bronze and Silver awards are the first two levels of the NJAA Recognition Program that began in 1972. Junior Angus breeders must apply for the awards, then meet point requirements in many areas of participation before receiving the honors. Applicants are evaluated in areas of junior Angus association activities and leadership, participation in showmanship, contests and shows, using performance testing to improve their herd and their progress in producing and merchandising Angus cattle.
The NJAA promotes the involvement of young people in raising Angus cattle, while also providing leadership and self-development opportunities for the nearly 4,500 active members nationwide.
–Amber Wahlgren, Angus Communications