October 18, 2023
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Zoey Symons earns Junior Bronze Award
Zoey Symons, Pearl River, La., has earned the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA) Bronze award, according to Caitlyn Brandt, events and junior activities director of the American Angus Association® in Saint Joseph, Mo.
Symons is the 17-year-old daughter of Shawn and Britanee Symons and attends Pearl River High School. She is a member of the NJAA and the Louisiana Junior Angus Association, where she serves as secretary.
She has participated in the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), where she competed in the photography, livestock judging, and extemporaneous speaking contests and the All-American Certified Angus Beef® Cook-Off. Symons also participated in the Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) conference in 2022 and the Raising the Bar conference in 2023.
She has submitted data to the Angus Herd Imrovement Records (AHIR®).
The Bronze award is the first level of the NJAA Recognition Program that began in 1972. Junior Angus breeders must apply for the award, then meet point requirements in many areas of participation before receiving the honor. 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 4,500 active members nationwide.
— Written by Amber Wahlgren, Angus Communications