Sally Yon of Ridge Spring, S.C., was crowned Miss American Angus, Monday, Nov. 16, during the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, Ky.
Yon was among five young Angus women competing for the title, which also included: JanLee Rowlett, Hurricane Mills, Tenn.; Lindsey Grimes, Hillsboro, Ohio; Kelli Retallick, Glen Haven, Wis.; and Hannah McCabe, Elk City, Kan.
Yon was crowned just prior to the announcement of grand champion bull during the Super-Point Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center (KFEC).
The annual Miss American Angus contest is sponsored by the American Angus Auxiliary and provides one Angus junior an opportunity to promote the breed both inside and outside the showring. As an Angus ambassador, Miss American Angus assists with shows, educational events, field days and additional activities to educate others about the breed and the benefits of Angus beef.
Each year, five young women are chosen as candidates for the position through the Auxiliary’s scholarship program. Each completes a written test, delivers a prepared speech, completes an interview and answers impromptu questions from a panel of judges.
Yon was the winner of the fourth-place, $1,400 Auxiliary scholarship awarded earlier this year during the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS). She lives with her parents, Kevin and Lydia, and brothers Drake and Corbin, at Yon Family Farms near Ridge Spring, where the family raises approximately 800 head of Angus cattle. Yon is involved in state and national junior Angus associations, where she shows cattle and participates in other activities.
She succeeds the 2009 Miss American Angus Katie Gazda of Athens, Ga.