‘Raising the Bar’ Conference Heads to Georgia

Aug. 18, 2014




For more information contact:
Jaclyn Upperman, director of events and education, at 816-383-5100 or


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‘Raising the Bar’ Conference Heads to Georgia
Apply by Aug. 25 for the NJAA event at the University of Georgia in Athens

Each year, the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) hosts several leadership trainings across the country that encourage Angus youth to “raise the bar” for their state and regional junior associations. The next Raising the Bar conference takes place Sept. 25–28 at the University of Georgia. Registration is due by Aug. 25.

“Raising the Bar conferences are an excellent way to meet fellow NJAA members, build leadership skills and learn how to make a difference in your state and regional associations,” says Jaclyn Upperman, American Angus Association® director of events and education.

Made possible through financial support from the Angus Foundation, Raising the Bar is open to five state officers and two state advisors from each state in the region. The intensive leadership training encourages officers to work together to build stronger teams, as well as develop regional relationships for both youth and adults.

The University of Georgia conference will include workshops prepared and conducted by the National Junior Angus Board, in addition to tours across the area. A few of the stops include Partisover Ranch, the World of Coke, CNN News Studio and Centennial Olympic Parkway.

To participate, submit a registration and medical release form by the Aug. 25 deadline to the Events and Education Department, 3201 Frederick Ave., Saint Joseph, MO 64506. The $100 registration fee includes conference meals and hotel costs.

For more information about the leadership conference, visit or contact the Association at 816-383-5100.


About the NJAA

The NJAA promotes the involvement of young people in raising Angus cattle, while also providing leadership and self-development opportunities for more than 6,000 active members nationwide.


ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. Explore how the Angus breed impacts every sector of the cattle business – from the feedlot to the meatcase – during the 2014 Angus Means Business National Convention and Trade Show. Hosted by the American Angus Association, the event takes place Nov. 4-6 at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Participants will hear from top-flight speakers, conduct Association business, visit the trade show featuring allied industry partners and have the opportunity to attend the Angus University.

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. 

For more information about Angus cattle and the 2014 convention, visit



Raising the Bar Participants:



Jacy Alsup

Katy Tuntstill



Shannon Tower



Andrew Livingston



Lindsay Upperman

Evan Woodbury


Corbin Cowles



Kendra Merriman



Jena Wagner

Jordynn Wagner



Aleisha Dethlefs

Michelle Keyes       



Braden Henricks



Dylan Denny       

Hannah Kate Steph        

Jeremiah Steph

Alexis Stevenson

Cutter Pohlman

Colter Pohlman         

Tylee Williams

Derek Wolf



Mark Alexander

Morgan Alexander      

Helena St. Clair       

Catie Hope











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