Bozeman, Mont. -- July 12 the American Junior Simmental Association (AJSA) Board of Trustees elected Eastern Region Trustee, Jessica Smith to serve as President of the AJSA Board of Trustees for 2013-2014. Smith is the daughter of Mark and Debbie Smith of Picayune, Miss. A second-generation Simmental breeder, Smith is no newcomer to the Simmental world and as a lifelong AJSA member, she has attended more than a decade worth of AJSA events. A recent 2013 graduate of Pearl River Central High School, Smith will attend Pearl River Community College for the 2013-2014 year before transferring to Mississippi State University where she plans to major in communications.

This visible, esteemed position of Chairman is reserved not only for a talented and strong leader to guide the AJSA into a successful future, but an individual who possesses a contagious passion for the breed and the junior program of which they have traditionally been a product. The more technical, Constitutional duties of the AJSA President include presiding over all Association meetings, meetings of the Board of Trustees, and meetings of the Executive Committee, appointing all committees, submitting to the members at their annual meeting a report of the status of the Association and its activities during the preceding year, and other duties and authority as may be determined by the Board of Trustees.

In her new role, Smith will serve more than 2,000 juniors nationwide, as well as providing insight and inspiration for the next generation of cattlemen and women. Throughout the year she will work closely with AJSA Youth Coordinator, Hannah Wine in the planning and execution of AJSA activities and events.

Wine says, I am thrilled to have Jessica as our AJSA Chairman. She's well-spoken and mature far beyond her years. Jessica has been a great asset to our Board of Trustees and I am confident she will unite her team of Trustees to accomplish great things during her term.

The American Simmental Association is headquartered in Bozeman, Mont., and maintains the breed registries for the Simmental and Simbrah breeds of cattle. ASA has an active adult and junior membership of nearly 5,000 and is a not-for-profit organization. For more news and results from the 2013 AJSA National Classic, visit to find contest results and awards.

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