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Juniors bask in Paradise at National Junior Shorthorn Show & Conference

Junior Shorthorn enthusiasts from 25 states competed in the 2009 National Junior Shorthorn Show & Conference in Springfield, Ill., during the week of June 29 through July 4. These juniors not only competed with their animals, but had the opportunity to compete in twelve individual, team, or state contests including: Arts and Crafts, Photography, Promotional Poster, Speech, Herdsmanship Quiz, Showmanship, Team Salesmanship, Team Fitting, Beef Cook-Off, State Herdsmanship, State Booth, and State Scrapbook.

"Besides the exhibition of a great set of Shorthorn cattle by the juniors, this event provides excellent educational and leadership opportunities for members, family, and friends," explains Dr. Bert Moore, Executive Secretary/Treasurer of the American Shorthorn Association.

Showing their artistic talents were competitors in the Arts and Crafts Contest. Youth competed in four age divisions. The objective of the contest is to use 'artistic' skills, including painting, video, sculpture, music, etc., to promote the Shorthorn breed of cattle. The entries are judged based on craftsmanship, attention to detail, originality and creativity, the promotion of Shorthorns, the difficulty of the medium used, as well as the overall artistic appeal.

Receiving top honors in the Prospector I age division (age 9 and under) was 1st- Xavier Ferris, Ind.; 2nd- Lily Steinke, Ind.; 3rd- Austin Miller, Ill.; 4th- Emily Fry, Ind.; 5th- August Bertz, Mo.

In the Prospector II age division, (10 to 12 years old) was 1st- Jaycie Heath, Ind.; 2nd- Avery Bennett, Iowa; 3rd- Haleigh Vanlandingham, Ind.; 4th- Matthew Fogg, Ind.; 5th- Dalton Smith, Ind.

Intermediate age division, (13 to 16 years) was 1st- Megan Dragstrem, Ind.; 2nd- Riley Francis, N.D.; 3rd- Savannah Steinke, Ind.; 4th- Justin Granger, La.; 5th- Dustin Smith, Iowa

Julie White, 20, Warensburg, Missouri, captured senior division (17 and up) honors 1st- Karl Miller, Ill.; 2nd- Jared Boyert, Ohio; 3rd- Trevor Barnes, Mich.; 4th- Wesley Leemon, Ill.; 5th- Jessica McCall, Ky.

Capturing special moments in time were competitors in the Photography Contest. Youth competed in the four age divisions, Prospector I, Prospector II, Intermediate, and Senior. The objective of the contest is to capture the best candid, action, or scenic Shorthorn photo. The entries are judged based on quality of the image, positioning, originality and creativity, the emphasis on Shorthorns, as well as the overall appeal.

Receiving top honors in the Prospector I age division (age 9 and under) was 1st- Xavier Ferris, Ind.; 2rd- Quinn Granger, La.; 3rd- Carter Smith, Ohio; 4th- Aubree Whicker, Ind.; 5th- Lily Steinke, Ind.

In the Prospector II age division, (10-12 years old)¬  was 1st- Kayla Fogg, Ind.; 2nd- Jeffrey McCall, Ky.; 3rd- Logan Granger, La.; 4th- Morgan Denzer, Wis.; 5th- Taylor Hagie, Iowa

Intermediate age division, 13 to 16 years, was 1st- Kyle Shoufler, Ind.; 2nd- Chris Mack, Minn.; 3rd- Megan Dragstrem, Ind.; 4th- James Johnson, Ill.; 5th- Justin Granger, La.

Senior division (17 and up) honors went to1st- Brenda Sisung, Mich.; 2nd- Justin Bucholz, Mich.; 3rd- Justin Shoufler, Ind.; 4th- Matt Wise, Ark.; 5th- Callyn Hahn, Ind.

Competitors in the Promotional Poster Contest sought out to gain your interest in the Shorthorn breed. Youth again competed in the four age divisions. The objective of the contest is to promote and/or inform about Shorthorns. The entries are judged based on eye-catching appeal, neatness of construction, clear message, clever verbiage, use of space, the overall appeal of the poster.

Receiving top honors in the Prospector I age division (age 9 and under) was 1st- Emily Fry, Ind.; 2nd- Xavier Ferris, Ind.; 3rd- Dalton Rutledge, Ind.; 4th- Houston Hill, Ark.; 5th- Lily Steinke, Ind.

In the Prospector II age division (10-12 years old) was 1st- Kayla Fogg, Ind.; 2nd- Haleigh Vanlandingham, Ind.; 3rd- Jeffrey McCall, Ky.; 4th- Landon Allison, Pa.; 5th- Desirae Logsdon, Ohio

Intermediate age division (13 - 16 years) was¬  1st- Ryan Fogg, Ind.; 2nd- Megan Dragstrem, Ind.; 3rd- Savannah Steinke, Ind.; 4th- Silas Plate, Neb.; 5th- Andrew Bailey, Ind.

Senior division (17 and up) honors went to1st- Wes Korthaus, Ky.; 2nd- Brenda Sisung, Mich.; 3rd- Chelsea Spencer, Okla.; 4th- Jared Boyert, Ohio

Exercising their public speaking skills were contestants in the Speech Contest. The objective of the contest is to give a prepared or extemporaneous speech based on the topic of Shorthorns or the cattle industry. The speeches are judged based on organizations, presentation, language usage, poise and eye contact, time and the quality of answer provided when the judges have the opportunity to ask questions.¬ 

Receiving top honors in the Prospector I age division (age 9 and under) was 1st- Faye Smith, Kan.; 2nd- Marlena Long, Mo.; 3rd- Emily Fry, Ind.; 4th- Aubree Whicker, Ind.; 5th- Jaxon Schrag, S.D.

In the Prospector II age division (10-12 years old) was 1st- Samantha Schrag, S.D.; 2nd- Matthew Fogg, Ind.; 3rd- Kayla Fogg, Ind. ; 4th- Molly Bertz, Mo.; 5th- Claire Trennepohl, Ind.

Intermediate age division (13 - 16 years) was 1st- Ryan Fogg, Ind.; 2nd- John Reasor, Ga.; 3rd- Laurel Pierson, Minn.; 4th- Jordan Kuhn, Ind.; 5th- Caitlin Haley, Ark.

Senior division (17 and up) prepared speech honors 1st- Matt Wise, Ark.; 2nd- Wes Korthaus, Ky.; 3rd- Jared Boyert, Ohio; 4th- Brenda Sisung, Mich.; 5th- Mandy Clark, Pa.

Extemporaneous speech honors went to 1st- Logan Plate, Neb.; 2nd- Katie Williams, Ark.

Knowledge is power, and competitors in the Herdsman Quiz Contest were testing just that. Youth competed in four age divisions. The objective of the contest is to test the knowledge youth have in the areas of agriculture, beef cattle, and Shorthorns. The quiz consists of multiple choice, matching, and true/false questions and no reference materials could be used.

Receiving top honors in the Prospector I age division (age 9 and under) was 1st- Quinn Granger, La.; 2nd- Kauy Fargo, Wis.; 3rd- Aubree Whicker, Ind.; 4th- Emily Wolff, Ill.; 5th- Jared Beck, Wis.

In the Prospector II age division (10-12 years old) was 1st- Spencer Pierson, Minn.; 2nd- Logan Granger, La.; 3rd- Garrett Kuhn, Ind.; 4th- Charlee Teague, Colo.; 5th- Kelsee Fargo, Wis.

Intermediate age division (13 - 16 years) was 1st- Justin Granger, La.; 2nd- Shelby Teague, Colo.; 3rd- David Waller, La.; 4th- John Reasor, Ga.; 5th- Tyler Pierson, Minn.

Senior division (17 and up) honors went to 1st- Kristen Walker, Ill.; 2nd- Logan Plate, Neb.; 3rd- Emily Moore, Ill.; 4th- Kielly Jewell, Mo.; 5th- Jalane Alden, Mo.

Showing their skills in the show ring were contestants in the Showmanship Contest. The objective of the contest is to give exhibitors the opportunity to show their talents of exhibiting their animal to the best of their ability.

Receiving top honors in the Prospector I age division (age 9 and under) were 1ST- Taylor Bacon, Kan.; 2nd- Kane Aegerter, Neb.; 3rd- Harley Sargent, Texas; 4th- Xavier Ferris, Ind.; 5th- Bradley Johnson, Ill.

In the Prospector II age division (10-12 years old) were 1st- Kade Patton, Ind.; 2nd- Jessie Hoblyn, Neb.; 3rd- Payton Vogel, Iowa; 4th- Samantha Schrag, S.D.; 5th- Kayla Fogg, Ind.

Intermediate age division (13 - 16 years) were 1st- Josh Streitmatter, Ind.; 2nd- Sara Nilson, Texas; 3rd- Kelly Lorenz, Ill.; 4th- Austin Burris, Ill.; 5th- Cody Schultz, Neb.

Jared Boyert,Ohio captured senior division (17 and up) honors and received $250 Lawrence Grathwohl Memorial Scholarship. 2nd- Lacey Murray, Pa.; 3rd- Hannah Winegardner, Ohio; 4th- Ashley Vogel, Iowa; 5th- James Sullivan, Iowa

Doing their best to convince prospective buyers (the judges) to purchase their animal were competitors in the Team Salesmanship Contest. The senior division was given a scenario where they were to choose a bull to sell to a panel of judges. They selected a bull the bull to use within a cow herd based on pedigree of the bull and needs of the 'buyer.' The Intermediate and Prospector I and II divisions had the objective to sell an animal they had brought to the show. Judging was based on speaking participation of both team members, poise and skill in the presentation, teamwork, appearance of the animal, and overall effect of the sell.

Receiving top honors in the Prospector I division (ages 9 and under) was 1st- Taylor Bacon and Faye Smith, Kan.; 2nd- Kauy Fargo and Jared Beck, Wis.; 3rd- Xavier Ferris and Aiden Raab, Ind.; 4th- Miller Smith and Lily Steinke, Ind.

In the Prospector II age division (ages 10 - 12) was 1st- Matthew Fogg and David Fogg, Ind.; 2nd- Jaycie Heath and Haleigh Vanlandingham, Ind.; 3rd- Claire Trennepohl and Kayla Fogg, Ind.; 4th- Samantha Schrag and Jaxon Schrag, S.D.; 5th- Dakota Smith and Dalton Smith, Ind.

Intermediate division (ages 13-16) winners included 1st- Shelby Teague and Charlee Teague, Colo.; 2nd- Blake Bunch and Cynthia Bunch, Ohio; 3rd- James Johnson and Austin Burris, Ill.; 4th- Savannah Steinke and Jordan Kuhn, Ind.; 5th- Serena Clock and Megan Dragstrem, Ind.

Honors in the Senior division (ages 17 and up) went to 1st- Jared Boyert, Jacob Boyert, Ohio; 2nd- Cody Leemon and Kristen Walker, Ill.; 3rd- Matt Wise and Katie Williams, Ark.; 4th- Lindsie Kaehler and Jared Seinola, Minn.; 5th- Jenna Robertson and Jalane Alden, Mo.

One of the most competitive events of the week is the Team Fitting Contest. The objective of the contest is for each state group to show their ability to fit and present an animal using teamwork, technique, and skills in a 20 minute time limit. Judging criteria is based on both fitting techniques, teamwork and end presentation.



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