Two Juniors Selected for John Wayne Hereford Scholarships

Contact: Chris Stephens, cstephens@hereford.org or (816) 842-3757

July 22, 2008

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two youth earned $1,000 scholarships July 18 at the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Kansas City. Cassie Bacon, Prairie Grove, Ark ., and Katlin Mulvaney, Opelika, Ala., were awarded John Wayne Memorial Scholarships by the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) and American Hereford Women (AHW).

Two scholarships are awarded each year at the JNHE to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to agriculture and the Hereford industry. Winners must be interested in a field directly related to the Hereford breed. Applicants must submit an essay discussing how John Wayne’s characteristics can benefit the beef industry.

Bacon is a senior at Oklahoma State University (OSU) receiving a dual major in animal science with an emphasis in livestock merchandising and agricultural communications, and has been showing Hereford cattle for 17 years. In her application she says, “American traditions are what the beef industry is known for. Together, we can maintain this historical image.”

Bacon has been a member of the Arkansas Junior Hereford Association (AJHA) for 14 years and served as vice-president, secretary/treasurer and Southeast Regional Show Chairman during her youth. She represented the industry as the National Polled Hereford Queen and has been an Arkansas and National Beef Ambassador. She also served as a National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) director. She has seen much success in the showring and was a division and class winner at several JNHE contests, and has won many championship titles in Arkansas. Bacon was also involved in FFA locally and nationally before graduating high school and starting her college career at OSU. While at college, she has been involved in Collegiate FFA, Block & Bridle, a member of the OSU livestock and meat judging teams, and OSU Mortar Board Editor.

Mulvaney is a senior at Auburn University majoring in agriculture communications with a minor in agricultural leadership and political science. She has been a member of the Alabama Junior Hereford Association (AJHA) for 12 years. She writes in her application, “Our industry must continue to create opportunities for youth to enter the beef industry.”

Her involvement in the beef industry is extensive. She was the Alabama Hereford Queen, is a NJHA Board Member, past president of the AJHA and the Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Association. She was involved in 4-H with numerous leadership roles. In fact, she was a National 4-H Congress Delegate and Youth Leadership Team member and a National 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus Ambassador.

As a youth she has had success showing Hereford cattle. She won the Alabama National Fair reserve champion heifer and four state showmanship titles, along with winning the overall junior showman at the Southeastern Regional Hereford Show.

At Auburn University, Mulvaney balances academics with extracurricular activities. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Sorority, Block and Bridle, Women’s Leadership Institute and Collegiate 4-H.

The 2008 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo was sponsored in part by Biozyme Inc., St. Joseph, Mo.; Fort Dodge Animal Health, Overland Park, Kan.; and UMB Bank and the RC Kemper Charitable Trust, Kansas City, Mo.

The NJHA is one of the most active junior programs in the country with approximately 3,000 members. The NJHA’s mission is to create and promote enthusiasm for the breed while providing opportunities through leadership, education and teamwork. For more information about the NJHA, visit www.jrhereford.org.

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