May 12, 2022
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hannah Hawkesworth, Bakersfield, Calif., joined the youth and events team as the American Hereford Association (AHA) youth activities intern. Hawkesworth is a second-year master’s student at Oklahoma State University (OSU) studying agricultural communications. Prior to attending OSU, Hawkesworth obtained her bachelor’s of science degree in agriculture business from Fresno State University, where she was a member of the Block and Bridle, Ag Business and Fresno State Young Cattleman’s clubs. During her time at Fresno State, Hawkesworth also served on the 2019 – 2021 National Junior Swine Association’s board of directors.
As the AHA youth activities intern, Hawkesworth will play an important role as she assists the AHA and National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) in organizing and facilitating the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Louisville, Ky., as well as the Faces of Leadership conference in Billings, Mont. She will also assist in managing the JNHE ambassador team that will join later in the summer, and the NJHA board of directors. With an eagerness to learn, passion for working and engaging with youth, and prior leadership experience in the livestock industry she fits the role of an AHA junior activities intern, while also bringing a different industry perspective to the table.
“The National Junior Hereford Association is excited to welcome Hannah to Team Hereford,” said Amy Cowan, AHA Director of Youth Activities and Foundation. “Her industry experience and helping to lead the National Junior Swine Association, coupled with the knowledge she has gained through her master’s program, will be a huge asset as we make final preparations for Banners in the Bluegrass and a summer filled with leadership and educational events for Hereford youth.”
The AHA youth activities intern and ambassador applications go live each spring. Stay up to date on NJHA and AHA communications next spring if you are interested in an internship position.
The National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) is one of the largest, strongest and most active junior cattle programs in the country. Over the years, members of this association have gone on to earn international and domestic respect as models for youth organizational success. The NJHA, through its extensive educational programs, continues to lay the foundation for the beef industry’s future leaders. The traditions of the past coupled with the energy of today’s board of directors have created a progressive approach to further develop a meaningful and educational association focus.