March 24, 2017
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Gabrielle Simpson Earns Junior Bronze and Silver Awards
Gabrielle Simpson, Tupelo, Miss., 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 daughter of Tina Simpson attends Mantachie High School and is a member of the NJAA and the Mississippi Junior Angus Association, where she has served as director, reporter, secretary, vice president, royalty and currently serves as president.
She has participated in local, state, and national shows and showmanship contests. At the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), Gabrielle participated in the career development, photography and graphic design contests and the All-American Certified Angus Beef® Cook-Off. She also served as a voting delegate from 2014-2016. In 2016 she participated in the Raising the Bar conference.
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.