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Bronze and Silver pins awarded to Forrest Thompson


According to Robin Ruff, junior activities director of the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Mo., Forrest Thompson, Mount Vernon, Mo., has earned the National Junior Angus Association's Bronze and Silver Awards.

A member of the NJAA since 2004, Forrest is also an active member of the Missouri Junior Angus Association. He has shown his cattle at several local, state and national shows as well as competed successfully in state showmanship competitions. He has attended the national Leaders Engaged in Angus Development Conference and participated in the NJAA mentoring program. At the National Junior Angus Show, Forrest has participated in the photography, poster, writing, livestock judging and quiz bowl contests as well as the All-American Certified Angus Beef Cook-off.

The 17-year-old son of Greg and Cindy Thompson is a junior at Mount Vernon High School. In 2007, Forrest earned the Star Greenhand Award, Area and Chapter Beef Proficiency Awards and helped his teammates place fourth in the state FFA Parliamentary Procedure competition.

The Bronze and Silver Awards are the first two levels of the NJAA Recognition Program that began in 1972. Junior Angus breeders must apply for the awards and then meet point requirements in many areas of participation before receiving the honors. Applicants are evaluated in areas of junior Angus association activities and leadership, participation in showmanship, contests and shows, using performance testing to improve their herd and their progress in producing and merchandising Angus cattle.

The NJAA promotes the involvement of young people in raising Angus cattle, while also providing leadership and self-development opportunities for nearly 7,000 active members nationwide.

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