According to James Fisher, director of junior activities for the American Angus Association® in Saint Joseph, Mo., Brandi Cromer, Lamar, Ark., has earned the National Junior Angus Association's (NJAA) Bronze and Silver Awards.
Brandi is an active member of the NJAA and Arkansas Junior Angus Association, where she served as secretary in 2007. She has represented the state Angus breeders as their princess and queen as well as a voting delegate to the NJAA Annual Meeting. She has competed in several contests on the state level and entered posters and photography at the National Junior Angus Show. A member since 2001, Brandi has shown her Angus cattle and competed in showmanship at several shows on the county, state, and national levels. Her cattle are enrolled in the Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR®) program. Brandi is the 17-year-old daughter of Terry and Theresa Cromer and a May 2008 graduate of Lamar High School.
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 and then meet point requirements in many areas of participation before receiving the honors. Applicants are evaluated in the 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 nearly 11,000 members nationwide.