ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Kacie Vejraska, Omak, Wash., 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.
Vejraska is the 18-year-old daughter of Todd and Katlenia Vejraska and attends Omak High School. She is a member of the NJAA and the Washington Junior Angus Association, where she has served as vice president.
She has participated in local, state, regional and national shows. At the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), Vejraska participated in the mentoring program in 2018 and 2019 and served as a voting delegate in 2019. She was a participant in the 2019 Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) conference and the 2020 Camp Angus conference.
Vejraska has submitted weight data to the Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR®).
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 for American Angus Association
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