Meet the AHA Summer Interns

April 19, 2018

Welcome to the AHA, Anna Grace and Brooke!

The AHA welcomes Anna Grace Parnell as the junior activities intern this summer. Anna Grace Parnell will serve as the American Hereford Association (AHA) junior activities intern this summer. Parnell is a junior at Oklahoma State University (OSU), studying animal science with a minor in business. Prior to transferring to OSU, she received her associate degree in agricultural business from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, where she was a member of the livestock judging team.

At OSU, Parnell is a member of the Collegiate Cattlewomen, Block and Bridle, the meat animal evaluation team and the livestock judging team. She comes to AHA with leadership and organizational skills from student clubs to congressional internship experience.

Her main duties this summer will focus on helping organize the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Grand Island, Neb., and the Faces of Leadership Convention in San Francisco. She will also help manage the JNHE ambassador team and the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) board of directors.

“The junior department is looking forward to working with Anna Grace this summer, and we are excited for the leadership and industry knowledge that she brings with her to the youth activities internship and team Hereford,” says Amy Cowan, AHA director of youth activities. “Her experiences growing up in the American Junior Shorthorn Association and her past internships will make her an asset as we orchestrate the JNHE and Faces of Leadership Conference.”

Brooke Roberts has been selected as the 2018 Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI) intern. Roberts grew up in Whitelaw, Wis., where she was involved with a sheep and cattle operation. She is a junior at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, studying agricultural communications and marketing.

Roberts joins the HPI team with a wealth of communications experience in journalism, social media, photography and graphic design. She has been a member of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities livestock judging team and dairy cattle judging team and a variety of other organizations. She is also a member of the National Agri-Marketing Association.

During the internship program, Roberts will assist with Hereford World editorial and HPI creative services projects.

“We are very excited about Brooke joining our HPI staff this summer,” says Caryn Vaught, HPI production manager. “Her agricultural background, exposure to social media and print advertising set her apart from the other applicants and partners well with HPI’s future and current goals.”

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