Meet Madison Weaver the 2018-19 Miss American Angus.
By Karen Hiltbrand
She is beauty. She is Grace. She is Miss American Angus.
Walking up on stage, I remember having this doubt in my mind. I’m going to get up there, and they are going to call someone else’s name. Then I’m going to walk off, and I’ll go home. When they called my name, all sorts of emotions just flew through my head. It was an amazing moment, and honestly, I can’t find the words to describe it. – Madison Weaver, 2018-19 Miss American Angus
There are few individuals lucky enough to be crowned as royalty. Madison Weaver now belongs to the elite group who adorn the Miss American Angus title. Of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, Weaver was named the 2018-19 Miss American Angus (MAA) this past Angus Convention. She is currently serving as the 51st Miss American Angus and says she couldn’t be more excited to be representing the Business Breed.
Weaver attributes her confidence during the MAA selection process to her mother, as she was past royalty herself. Having grown up on a dairy farm, Weaver has always held agriculture near and dear to her heart, and now, she is excited to see where this next year will take her.
“Miss American Angus is someone I’ve always looked up to,” Weaver said. “She’s always been someone who’s taken me under her wing. The idea that I get to do that for someone else, is absolutely amazing.”
Although Weaver is royalty, she’s also much like everyone else. We caught up with the current animal science and agribusiness freshmen at Penn State University to learn a little more about her.
What have you learned so far while being Miss American Angus?
Taking on the role of Miss American Angus has taught me to be a leader. In the past, I have been known to be shy and not to get out of my comfort zone. As MAA, I have learned how to not only step out of my comfort zone, but how to lead others while doing so.
What is your favorite part about being Miss American Angus?
My favorite part about being Miss American Angus is getting to network with juniors and Angus Breeders. I have had so much fun working with the American Angus Association and the junior board. I especially love hanging out with the state queens at ring side and hearing their stories. The people in this breed are absolutely amazing, and the idea that I get to represent them is so humbling.
What do you like to do in your free time?
When I’m not in the barn or in school, I love to hang out with my family. On my free weekends, my family and I love to visit my grandparents and play cards. During the week in my free time, you will probably find me hanging out with friends or watching “Greys Anatomy” or “Friends”.
What is your favorite food?
It’s hard for me to pick just one, but I would have to say my all-time favorite is cupcakes. My favorite cupcake is chocolate with cream cheese filling.
What is your favorite movie?
My favorite movie is “Mulan”.
If you could give a junior member any advice what would it be?
My advice for juniors is to find your passion. Many juniors have a strong passion for showing livestock, and that is amazing! Other juniors are more passionate about school, sports, and other areas of their life, and that’s amazing as well. Whatever you have a passion for, whether its showing cattle or not, use that passion to pursue your goals, so you can change the world in your own way!