Claire Hawthorne, Westby, has earned the National Junior Angus Association's (NJAA) Bronze and Silver awards, according to Jaclyn Clark, education and events director of the American Angus Association® in Saint Joseph, Mo.
The 17-year-old daughter of Jim and Kim Hawthorne attends Westby Area High School and is a member of the NJAA and the Wisconsin Junior Angus Association, where she currently serves as president and has also served as vice president and treasurer.
She has participated in local, state and national shows and showmanship contests. At the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), Claire participated in the quiz bowl contest. She was also a participant in the mentoring program in 2007 and 2008, served as voting delegate in 2015 and and participated in the Leaders Engaged in Angus Development conferences in 2011 and 2013-2015.
Claire has also consigned cattle at the Thornberry Angus Online Sale.
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, then meet point requirements in many areas of participation before receiving the honors. Applicants are evaluated in 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 the nearly 6,000 active members nationwide.