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Spotlight on Youth - Aug. 21, 2013
World Beef Expo announces changes for 2013 
MILWAUKEE, Wis. — World Beef Expo is thrilled to announce Junior Show Premiums have been increased for 2013. The Junior Show Premiums will include cash awards that will be paid to the top 5 Junior Show heifers as selected during the Junior Show that will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29 in Milwaukee. The Champion Junior heifer will receive $1,000, Reserve Champion $750, third overall $500, fourth overall $250 and fifth overall $125.

In regards to the 2013 Open Show, World Beef Expo is pleased to announce that John Toledo will be the judge for Ring 1. Toledo resides in Visalia, Calif., and is a fourth generation farmer and rancher in California’s Central Valley. After receiving a degree in agricultural business with an animal science minor at Fresno State University, he became a partner with his father and brother in the family diversified farming and purebred cow/calf operation.

Beginning at the county fair level, he has pursued his judging career with regional and national shows over the last 23 years.
The World Beef Expo Elite Cattle Sale will be managed by Larry Martin Livestock Sales of Clinton, Ill. The live cattle sale will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28. Martin has over 30 years of experience managing and promoting world class cattle sales throughout the country and will work closely with our Show and Sale Committee.
Each year, people from around the country visit Milwaukee for one of the Midwest’s largest cattle expositions - World Beef Expo.

World Beef Expo offers a variety of educational seminars, youth sweepstakes contests, the World Beef Expo Elite Cattle Sale and a trade show. People of all ages come to see, show, buy and sell cattle while enjoying a weekend of fun with friends and family!
The 2012 World Beef Expo hosted 26 breed shows, in which more than 439 exhibitors from 16 different states entered more than 900 head of cattle. 

This year’s World Beef Expo, which takes place Sept. 27-29, 2013 at Wisconsin State Fair Park, will be the 21st Anniversary Show. 
For more details on the above and additional information about World Beef Expo, please visit www.worldbeef

Michigan youth earn top awards in 4-H, FFA 
BRONSON, Mich. — Two local 17-year students from Bronson, Mich., and Colon, Mich., have been awarded the top State 4-H and top State FFA awards in sheep production and goat production.
 Courtney Souva, of Bronson and Katie Walters, of Colon have been representing Branch and St. Joseph County 4-H and the Branch Area Career Center the past two years at the State and National 4-H and FFA Conventions. Both youth represented Michigan in the National Meats Judging Contest in 2011 and earned the State 4-H Award in Special Activity last June.

In 2013, both girls decided to apply for the State FFA Proficiency in their respective animal species and also for the State 4-H Award. At the State FFA Convention in March, Courtney and Katie were selected to represent Michigan at the national level in sheep and goat production respectively.

During the awards ceremony at 4-H Exploration Days on June 20, both girls were presented the State 4-H award in their animal species after filling out a lengthy application and being interviewed by industry leaders. 

Their hard work and effort has earned them plaques as well as monetary stipends to be used for their college education.

Scholarship opportunity open for young women
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The annual Foundation for Women Legislators and the National Rifle Assoc., recently announced and invited applicants for their 16th annual Bill of Rights Scholarship Contest.

Female high school juniors and seniors have the opportunity to enter the scholarship contest, and six winners will receive a $3,000 college scholarship along with an all-expense-paid trip to the NFWL Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference will be Nov. 20-22 at the Ritz-Carlton.

Each applicant must be sponsored by a female legislator from their state and, if chosen as a scholarship winner, will be accompanied to the NFWL Annual Conference by that sponsor.

This is a fantastic opportunity for young women to think critically on issues directly affecting their generation of women and craft answers to some very serious questions. 

Applicants may choose from two essay topics, and their answers will be judged by the Scholarship Committee on basic grammar and punctuation as well as historical research, insight and perspective, demonstrated understanding of the American Constitution and Bill of Rights as a whole, inspirational quality and meaningful personal connection.

Completed applications should include: a completed essay contest verification form, two copies of essay, two personal reference letters, name of applicant’s sponsoring female state legislator. 
The application dealine is Sept. 15. To access the application, visit www.wom Fill out the application and submit it to Alex Rich by email at alex@womenleg