November 30, 2023
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Lauren Phillips earns Junior Bronze and Silver Awards
Lauren Phillips, Centerville, Iowa, has earned the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA) Bronze and Silver awards, according to Caitlyn Brandt, events and junior activities director of the American Angus Association® in Saint Joseph, Mo.
Phillips is the 17-year-old daughter of Megan Phillips and attends Centerville High School. She is a member of the NJAA and the Iowa Junior Angus Association, where she serves as 2nd vice president.
She has participated in state, regional and national shows and showmanship contests. At the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), Phillips participated in the quiz bowl and team fitting contests and the All-American Certified Angus Beef® Cook-Off. In 2023 she participated in the mentoring program and served as a voting delegate. She also was a participant in the Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) conference in 2022 and the Raising the Bar conference in 2023.
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 4,500 active members nationwide.
— Written by Amber Wahlgren, Angus Communications