July 22, 2021
Winners of the senior and intermediate division from left are Madison Sifford, Goldvein, Va., and Haley Mouser, Tenstrike, Minn.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – More than 850 youth and their families from 41 states gathered at the 22nd annual VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Kansas City, July 3-9, to compete in educational and leadership events both in and out of the showring.
A wide array of contests and opportunities at the JNHE is what makes the National Junior Hereford Associations (NJHA) event unique. These contests allow the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) and the NJHA to carry out their joint mission of leadership and education.Future Professionals
The objective of the contest is for NJHA members to create a resume based on factual work experiences, education, etc., which they can use for future career and scholarship purposes. Resumes were judged prior to the JNHE and the top five resumes competed in an interview round.Bridging the Gap
In addition to the Future Professionals contest, the 2021 JNHE held its second-ever Bridging the Gap College and Career Fair. Juniors of all ages were encouraged to go speak with representatives of colleges, universities and future careers, to practice their networking skills, learn about higher education and set future career goals.
Young professionals in the industry who were guests of the Bridging the Gap program, were also the judges for the Future Professionals contest and held an insight session after the contest to review with junior members ways to improve resumes, cover letters and interview skills.
The winner in the senior division of the future professionals contest, judged by Bridging the Gap professionals, was Madison Sifford, Goldvein, Va. Sifford outlined her experience as the Virginia State FFA vice president and her involvement in 4-H in her interview with the NJHA marketing brand manager committee representatives. She also reflected on her time as the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service intern.
Haley Mouser, Tenstrike, Minn., won the intermediate division of the future professionals contest. Vying for the Future Professionals Scholarship, Mouser described her accomplishments creating curriculum for Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Response Challenge for elementary students on genetic technologies in agriculture.
The 2021 VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo was sponsored in part by BioZyme Inc., St. Joseph,
Mo. The National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) is one of the most active junior programs in the
country with approximately 3,800 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 JrHereford.org.