MADISON -  Education is at the heart of the Angus Foundation, and supporting young people and their higher education endeavors is what helps drive the Angus Foundation and its donors.

At the 2018 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), 111 scholarships and awards were given to undergraduate and graduate students to help with the cost of attending leadership development events, colleges and universities.

Students were also recognized for their efforts in the showmanship contest, quiz bowl, Skillathon, fitting and judging contests and more. Wisconsin youth earned several honors down at the show that was held July 7-13 in Madison.

Judging contests

Tucker Bayer of Ringle, Wis., was the top cattle evaluator in the junior division A of the judging contest. Runners up included Madelynn Albin, Red Lodge, Mont., second and Jessa Spickler, Glenfield, N.D., third.

Brooke Brantner of Menonomie, Wis, was among the top three cattle evaluators honors in the senior division of the judging contest. She placed third behind winner Hailie Conley, Belleville, Ontario, Canada and runnerup Lindsey Decker, Philo, Ill.

Skill-a-thon and Quiz Bowl

Wisconsin junior members won first place in the junior division of the quiz bowl at the 2018 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) Awards Ceremony, July 12 in Madison, Wis.

Team members include Ty Gaffney, Barneveld, Hailey Jentz, Fennimore, Kelly Gaffney, Barneveld; and Ava Leibfried, Hazel Green.

A Wisconsin youth also earned top honors in the junior division of the skill-a-thon contest. Ethan Lulich of Lyndon Station bested the competition by placing first followed by Sydney Sanders of Leesburg, Ohio and third place finisher John Swanek, Dexter, Minn.

Scholarship winners

The Angus Foundation awarded 23 $1,000 scholarships and 16 $3,000 scholarships during the awards ceremony. Among those awarded a $1,000 scholarship was Hannah Tremaine of Oconomowoc, Wis., and earning a $3,000 scholarship was Claire Hawthorne of Westby, Wis.

Since 1998, the Angus Foundation has awarded more than $2.9 million in undergraduate and graduate scholarships to Angus youth. 

Team Sales and Fitting

Wisconsin juniors won third place in the junior division of team sales at the 2018 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) Awards Ceremony. Team members included Ty Gaffney, Barneveld; Hailey Jentz, Fennimore; Gabriel Mindemann, Watertown; and Ava Leibfried, Hazel Green.

Earning a second place finish in the Fitting Contest were Wisconsin junior members Samuel Henderson, East Troy; Kole Lorentz, Woodville; John Henderson, East Troy; and Kelly Gaffney, Barneveld.

State Showman

John Henderson, East Troy, Wis. (left) won fifth place showmanship honors at the 2018 National Junior Angus Showmanship Contest, held in conjunction with the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 7-13 in Madison, Wis.

Endowment funds

The Illinois and Wisconsin Angus Associations made a significant contribution of $50,000 (minimum) to the Angus Foundation's National Junior Angus Show Endowment Fund.

These funds will be permanently endowed, and the annual investment earnings, per the Angus Foundation's Spending Policy, will be provided to state Angus associations in the future when hosting the NJAS.

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