January 3, 2018


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Garrett Handsaker Earns Junior Bronze and Silver Awards

Garrett Handsaker, Pearl City, Ill., has earned the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA) Bronze and Silver awards, according to Jaclyn Clark, education and events director of the American Angus Association® in Saint Joseph, Mo.

The 17-year-old son of Paul and Dianne Handsaker attends Pearl City High School and is a member of the NJAA and the Illinois Junior Angus Association, where he has served as director, and the Northern Illinois Angus Association, where he has served as vice president, treasurer, reporter, and currently serves as president.

He has participated in local, state, regional and national shows and showmanship contests. At the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), Garrett participated in the team fitting, quiz bowl and livestock judging contests. He also participated in the mentoring program in 2015-2017. In 2017 he was a participant in the Leaders Engaged In Angus Development (LEAD) conference.

He has consigned cattle at the Illinois Angus Futurity.

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, 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 the nearly 6,000 active members nationwide.