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Emilee Kottkamp Awarded Scholarship in Honor of Wesley Rakestraw

KANSAS CITY, Mo. ­­­— Emilee Kottkamp, Clayton, Ind., was chosen the winner of the Wesley Rakestraw Hereford Enthusiast Award at the 2010 VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) July 10 in Indianapolis.

            The award was started at the 2008 JNHE to honor the memory of late Hereford breeder Wesley Rakestraw. The Rakestraw family, and Tom and Tammy Boatman, managers of Wesley’s cattle operation JWR Land and Cattle Co., wanted to honor Wesley by choosing a junior member with a similar fun-loving personality. Each recipient is given a $500 scholarship.

            “Receiving this award is such an honor,” Emilee said of winning the award. “I wasn’t expecting it; I am so honored to receive this award, and for Tom and Tammy Boatman to select me as not only a candidate but also as the recipient.”

            Emilee, now 20, has been showing Herefords since she was only 7 years old. She has been a member of the NJHA and the Indiana Junior Hereford Association (IJHA) for 13 years. During that time, she has never missed a Hereford junior national. She has had many showring accomplishments but is most proud of her third place finish in the senior showmanship at this year’s JNHE. She has been very active in the IJHA, serving as treasurer for six years.

            Emilee will be a junior in the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, Lafayette, Ind. She is specializing in neo-natal care.

            The 2010 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo was sponsored in part by Biozyme Inc., St. Joseph, Mo. The NJHA is one of the most active junior programs in the country with approximately 3,000 members. The NJHA’s mission is to create and promote enthusiasm for the breed while providing opportunities through leadership, education and teamwork. For more information about the NJHA, visit


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