July 11, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kendra Davis firstname.lastname@example.org KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Four National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) members were elected to the NJHA board of directors at the 2018 VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) July …
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Four National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) members were elected to the NJHA board of directors at the 2018 VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) July 1-7 in Grand Island, Neb.
Abigail Spindle, Moriarty, N.M; Brooklyn Adam, Lathrop, Mo.; Montana Lawrence, Princeton, Minn.; and Samuel Lawrence, Avilla, Ind., and their maroon jackets were welcomed as new NJHA directors during the JNHE awards ceremony on July 5. Two delegates from each state junior Hereford association voted for the individuals they wanted to represent the membership. The NJHA board is comprised of 12 individuals who serve three-year terms and govern the 3,000-member organization.
The 2018-19 officer team includes chairman Austin Matheny, Mays Lick, Ky.; vice-chairman Brooke Hinojosa-Sidwell, Carr, Colo.; communications chair Taylor Belle Matheny, Mays Lick, Ky.; leadership chair Brandt Downing, Culver, Ore.; fundraising chair Rylee Barber, Channing, Texas; and membership chair Nathan Hopkins, Winchester, Tenn. Also serving as directors are Hannah Williams, Kearney, Neb., and Bailey Jones, Darlington, Wis.
Abigail Spindle is the 19- year- old daughter of Tom and Becky Spindle. She is a sophomore at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College where she is majoring in animal science and a successful member of the livestock judging team. Abigail plans on attending Oklahoma State University and furthering her education in agriculture economics. After college, she wants to keep up the family tradition and raise cattle on her family farm. Abigail is the ten- year member of the New Mexico Junior Hereford Association where she served as queen and princess.
Brooklyn Adam is the 20-year-old daughter of Scott and Tammy Adam. She is a Junior at Iowa State University and pursuing a degree in agriculture education and life sciences, communication with a minor in food science in human nutrition. In the future she would like to combine her passion for photography, writing, and agriculture by becoming a photojournalist for an agriculture-based magazine company. Brooklyn is the twelve year member of the Missouri Junior Hereford Association where she served as a board member and is the current treasurer.
Montana Lawrence is the 20-year-old daughter of Bryan and Marytina Lawrence. She is a junior at the University of Minnesota Morris where she is studying political science and studio art. Montana has an interest in politics and has considered attending law school after receiving her bachelor’s degree. She has served as president and state Hereford queen for the Minnesota Junior Hereford Association.
Samuel Lawrence is the 20-year-old son of Scott and Susan Lawrence. He is a junior at Kansas State University where is pursuing a degree in animal science with a business option. After college, Samuel plans on managing the business and sales aspect of an up and coming bull stud and recipient program in central Illinois. He has been a member of the Indiana Junior Hereford Association for thirteen years and served as director as well as held many state offices.
The 2018 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 jrhereford.org.