Angus Youth Participate in 2013 LEAD Conference

Aug. 12, 2012


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Angus Youth Participate in 2013 LEAD Conference

NJAA members travel to New Orleans, La., for networking and leadership training.


Angus juniors from 32 different states, Canada and Uruguay took a glimpse into Cajun culture as part of the 2013 Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) conference. More than 170 participants traveled to New Orleans, La., Aug. 1-4 to take part in the annual event sponsored by the Angus Foundation.

Themed “Cajun Livin’ Angus Leadin’,” participants visited Mardi Gras World, the Jackson Square in the French Quarter, and took a ride down the Mississippi river on the historic Steamboat Natchez. The LEAD conference, designed for youth ages 14-21, aims to teach National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members teamwork and leadership skills.

            “Overall I feel that ‘Cajun Livin’ Angus Leadin’’ really raised the bar and stepped it up to make sure all of the juniors had a fun weekend from morning to night,” says Kelli Retallick NJAA Board Member, Glen Haven, Wis. “I think this is a good opportunity for our juniors to extend their knowledge and focus on different areas of the agriculture industry so they can educate others.”

             Throughout the four-day event, the junior board, elected during the 2013 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), led juniors in team building activities and presented various leadership workshops. Junior members also heard from various speakers throughout the course of the weekend. A former NJAA board member and now the current host of Ag Minute, Kristen Oaks shared with juniors the importance of getting involved in the organization. Motivational speaker Eddie Slowikowski encouraged juniors on their journey to discover the greatness from within, and Amy Gallimore spoke of the importance of being an “all in” type of leader.

A favorite for many, juniors visited the historic Evergreen Plantation where the popular movie Django Unchained was filmed, and participants also took in the area’s nature during a swamp tour.

            “My favorite part of LEAD was probably the Cajun Pride Swamp Tour,” says Andrew Livingston of Nokomis, Ill. “I really enjoyed looking at all of the wildlife and hearing the locals talk about how they live and what’s normal to them versus what’s normal to me and where I come from.”

             The LEAD conference also included a trip to Tanner Farms in Wiggins, Miss. While there, juniors competed in a friendly judging competition workshop, played games and learned of the history of Tanner Farms. 

“Countless compliments of appreciation to the Angus Foundation were received from Angus youth attending LEAD in New Orleans,” says Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president. “These life changing personal growth and leadership development experiences offered at LEAD for our Angus youth, who will be our Angus breed’s leaders of tomorrow, are only possible, however, because of the generous financial support the Angus Foundation receives from generous Angus breeders, allied industry interests and friends of the Angus breed.”

For more information on the LEAD conference, visit A complete list of participants follows.


ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. The American Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving more than 25,000 members across the United States, Canada and several other countries. It’s home to an extensive breed registry that grows by nearly 300,000 animals each year. The Association also provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers.

For more information about Angus cattle and the American Angus Association, visit





Breanna Anderson, Swan River, Manitoba

Kaitlynn Olynyk, Goodeve, Saskatchewan



Valentina Uriarte Casal, Montevideo, Uruguay

Maximiliano Gonzalez Martinez, Montevideo, Uruguay

Ebers Emilio Martinez Cardozo, Montevideo, Uruguay

Felipe Freire, Montevideo, Uruguay



Joseph Adams, Union Springs, Ala.



Jacy Alsup, Gravette, Ark.

Emma Jumper, Paragould, Ark.

Will Pohlman, Prairie Grove, Ark.

Audrey Taylor, Lavaca, Ark.

Christine Taylor, Lavaca, Ark.

Katy Tunstill, Fayetteville, Ark.



Tyler Coleman, Modesto, Calif.

Dawson Dal Porto, Brentwood, Calif.

Savannah Levisay, Creston, Calif.

Mikenzi Meyers, Clovis, Calif.

Shayne Myers, Colusa, Calif.

Macy Perry, Prather, Calif.

Emily Piland, Rescue, Calif.

Rex Roseman, Loomis, Calif.

Sydney Schnoor, Chowchilla, Calif.

Tyler Tasker, Martinez, Calif.



Austin Vieselmeyer, Amherst, Colo.



Destiny McCauley, Bowling Green, Fla.



Madison Baugh, Macon, Ga.

Taylor Gazda, Athens, Ga.

Shelby Edison, Arnoldsville, Ga.

Anna Scott, Hazelhurst, Ga.

KC Smith, Douglas, Ga.

Haley Throne, Lexington, Ga.



Katie Friederichs, Walcott, Iowa

Baxter Knapp, Bloomfield, Iowa

Erin Steele, Anita, Iowa



Lauren Casdorph, Twin Falls, Idaho

Shane Kerner, Weiser, Idaho

Matthew Malson, Parma, Idaho

John Wiseman, Filer, Idaho



Chase Anderson, Chrisman, Ill.

Keegan Cassady, Normal, Ill.

Laramie Chaffin, Roodhouse, Ill.

Jennifer Ewing, Rushville, Ill.

Brooke Haas, Downs, Ill.

Andrew Livingston, Nokomis, Ill.

Kayla Widerman, Good Hope, Ill.



Lauren Jerna, Knox, Ind.

Alexandra Zechiel, Argos, Ind.

Katelynn Zechiel, Argos, Ind.



Eric Blythe, White City, Kan.

Meghan Blythe, White City, Kan.

Tyler Blythe, White City, Kan.

Bailey Buttron, Lancaster, Kan.

Hadley Dehoff, Tonganoxie, Kan.

Chelsey Figge, Onaga, Kan.

Caleb Flory, Baldwin City, Kan.

Quanah Gardiner, Ashland, Kan.

Cale Hinrichsen, Westmoreland, Kan.

Haley Lindell, Leonardville, Kan.

Kyla Lindell, Leonardville, Kan.

Esther McCabe, Elk City, Kan.

Luke Sankey, Andale, Kan.

Claire Wingert, Ottawa, Kan.

Jackson Wingert, Ottawa, Kan.

Evan Woodbury, Quenemo, Kan.



Kelby Burks, Park City, Ky.

Ben Conner, Hodgenville, Ky.

Zach Costin, Elizabethtown, Ky.

Caroline Cowles, Rockfield, Ky.

Corbin, Cowles, Rockfield, Ky.

Jackson Jeffries, New Castle, Ky.

Maggie Jasper, Versailles, Ky.

Emily Johnson, Slaughters, Ky.

Reese Johnson, Slaughters, Ky.

Jesse Kostbade, Henderson, Ky.

Levi Stephenson, Carrollton, Ky.



Nancy Ann Bickham, St. Francisville, La.

Katelyn Corsentino, Denham Springs, La.

Lee Hymel, Vacherie, La.

Cheyenne Jones, Franklinton, La.

Daniel McFarland, Keithville, La.

Isaac McFarland, Keithville, La.



Michael Cropp, Damascus, Md.



Sterling Reichenbach, Bath, Mich.



Kaesey Glaess, Cannon Falls, Minn.

Luke Nord, Wolverton, Minn.

Matt Purfeerst, Faribault, Minn.

Taylor Waugh, Goodhue, Minn.



Jacob Coon, Bethal, Mo.

Brittany Eagleburger, Buffalo, Mo.

Nathan Eagleburger, Buffalo, Mo.

Chance Hardy, Diamond, Mo.

Cort Hardy, Diamond, Mo.

Jacob Heimsoth, Cameron, Mo.

Chris Kahlenbeck, Union, Mo.

Justin Mauss, Bois D’Arc, Mo.

Hannah Moyer, Lamar, Mo.

Carrie Otte, St. Mary, Mo.

Elizabeth Otte, St. Mary, Mo.

Jera Pipkin, Republic, Mo.

Kendra Pryor, Pleasant Hill, Mo.

Cooper Sadowsky, Eagleville, Mo.

Sydney Thummel, Sheridan, Mo.

Paige Wallace, Stotts City, Mo.

Cameron Ward, Plattsburg, Mo.

Carter Ward, Plattsburg, Mo.



Jena Wagner, Billings, Mont.

Jordyn Wagner, Billings, Mont.


North Carolina

Daniel Brown, Boone, N.C.



Shaila Bennett, Beemer, Neb.

Michaela Clowser, Milford, Neb.

Aliesha Dethlefs, North Platte, Neb.

Caylie Egger, Columbus, Neb.

Michelle Keyes, Springfield, Neb.

Maci Lienemann, Princeton, Neb.

Savannah Schafer, Nehawka, Neb.



Will Harsh, Radnor, Ohio



Jaryn Frey, Kingsfisher, Okla.

Katie Green, Grove, Okla.

Braden Henricks, Anadarko, Okla.

Holiday Hull, Poteau, Okla.

Karisa Pfeiffer, Orlando, Okla.



Luke Coomer, Baker City, Ore.

Jenny Foltz, Baker City, Ore.

Mariam Horton, Christmas Valley, Ore.



Alana Eisenhour, Wellsville, Pa.

Brody Fitzgerald, West Grove, Pa.

Bryce Fitzgerald, West Grove, Pa.

Claudia Hissong, Greencastle, Pa.

Lindsay Upperman, Chambersburg, Pa.


South Carolina

Carly Watt, Iva, S.C.

Cory Watt, Iva, S.C.

Corbin Yon, Ridge Spring, S.C.

Drake Yon, Ridge Spring, S.C.

Sally Yon, Ridge Spring, S.C.


South Dakota

Tyler Bush, Britton, S.D.

Alex, Rogen, Brandon, S.D.

Madison Styles, Brentford, S.D.



Beau Rowlett, Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

JanLee Rowlett, Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

Lawson Rowlett, Hurricane Mills, Tenn.



Megan Ahearn, Wills Point, Texas.

Robert Dolson, Hico, Texas

Kaydee Free, Salado, Texas

Hannah Steph, Tatum, Texas

Jacob Steph, Tatum, Texas

Julie Williams, Idalou, Texas

Tye Williams, Idalou, Texas

Tylee Jo Williams, Clarendon, Texas

Derek Wolf, Windthorst, Texas



Mark Alexander, Berryville, Va.

Morgan Alexander, Berryville, Va.

Callie Eastin, Gretna, Va.

Will Fiske, Greenville, Va.

Catie Hope, Berryville, Va.

Jake McCall, Greenville, Va.

Connor Orrock, Woodford, Va.

Helena St. Clair, Berryville, Va.

Hunter Wimmer, Bedford, Va.



Shelby Burrus, Tacoma, Wash.

Ryan DeYoung, Snohomish, Wash.

Sara DeYoung, Snohomish, Wash.

Katie Emerson, Grand Coulee, Wash.

Alyx Hanson, Elk, Wash.

Ashley Hanson, Elk, Wash.

Olivia Hanson, Newport, Wash.



Allison Hawthorne, Westby, Wis.

Evan Henning, Janesville, Wis.

Suzanne Henning, Janesville, Wis.

Derek Horstmeyer, Marshall, Wis.

Jessica Radcliffe, Weston, Wis.

Kelli Retallick, Glen Haven, Wis.

Heidi Tremaine, Oconomowoc, Wis.


West Virginia

Austin Cogle, Kearneysville, W.V.

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