Kansas City, Mo. — The election of four new junior Hereford members to the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) board of directors was made, along with announcement of the new officer team at the 12th annual VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) July 15 in Kansas City, Mo.

The officer team for 2011-2012 is chairman – Matt Woolfolk, Columbia, Tenn.; vice chairman – Austin Buzanowski, Pompeys Pillar, Mont.; communications chair – Jaime Hanson, Comfrey, Minn.; membership chair – Kevin Ernst, Windsor, Colo.; leadership chair – Tamar Adcock, Assumption, Ill.; and fundraising chair – Mallorie Phelps, Grandview, Texas. Also serving on the board are directors Hunter Grayson, Watkinsville, Ga., and Andrew Albin, Newman Ill.

Krissi McCurdy, Chatsworth, Ga.; Shelby Rogers, Hamilton, Texas; Keysto Stotz, Skiatook, Okla.; and Courtney Tribble, Puyallup, Wa., received their maroon jackets as new NJHA directors during the awards ceremony July 15. Two delegates from each state junior Hereford association voted for the individuals they wanted to represent the membership. The four retiring junior board members announced the results and passed their jackets onto the new leadership.

Krissi McCurdy is the 18-year-old daughter of Donald and Kay McCurdy, Chatsworth, Ga. This fall she will be a freshman at Butler County Community College, El Dorado, Kan., majoring in education and will be a member of the livestock judging team. She was very active in her high school FFA chapter and local 4-H club. Additionally, McCurdy was her graduating class salutatorian. In the Georgia Junior Hereford Association, McCurdy is currently the president and has served as the secretary. She has been a NJHA member for 15 years and has participated in 11 JNHEs. She was a voting delegate for two years and was named outstanding state junior in 2010.

Shelby Rogers is the 17-year-old daughter of Keith and Cindy Rogers, Hamilton, Texas. This fall she will be a senior at Hamilton High School and plans to pursue a career in agriculture journalism. Rogers has been a member of the Texas Junior Polled Hereford Association for 11 years where she is currently the president and has served as first vice president, second vice president and director. She has attended 10 JNHEs and six Program for Reaching Individuals Determined to Excel (PRIDE) Conventions. Aside from being competitive in the showring, Rogers is the owner of 55 registered Hereford cows and two Dams of Distinction.

Keysto Stotz is the 18-year-old son of Max and Karen Stotz, Skiatook, Okla. This fall Stotz will be a freshman at the University of Tulsa majoring in music and pre-law. He is very active in his church and with the Tulsa Youth Symphony. Additionally, Stotz served as the vice president and treasurer of his FFA chapter and the president, vice president and secretary of his 4-H club. In the Junior Hereford Association of Oklahoma, he is currently serving as president and has been a member for 10 years. In addition to being competitive in the showring, Stotz has participated in numerous JNHE contests, was a prospect award winner and has attended three PRIDE conventions.

Courtney Tribble, Puyallup, Wash., is the 20-year-old daughter of Rick Tribble and Denise Jagielo. Tribble is a junior at Pierce College, Puyallup, Wash., majoring in agricultural business management. She has been very active in her 4-H club where she served as president, treasurer and was a Northwest Junior Livestock Show 4-H representative for two years. She also volunteers for her church and local food bank. During her 13 years in the Washington State Junior Hereford Association, Tribble has served as the president, treasurer, historian and director. Some of her accomplishments in the showring include several division champions in Denver and Reno.

The 2011 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo was sponsored in part by Biozyme Inc., St. Joseph, 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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