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Youth Contest Winners Announced

NCBA names winners in team marketing, public speaking, cattle judging and quiz bowl competitions.

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Feb. 5, 2009) — The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) announces the winners of the event's first youth contests during the 2009 Cattle Industry Annual Convention & NCBA Trade Show in Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 28-31. Intended to be annual events for young people ages 9 to young adult, the programs are focused on education, leadership and teamwork. NCBA Youth contests included Team Marketing, Beef Quiz Bowl, Prepared Public Speaking and Cattle Judging.


Team Marketing. Seven teams comprised of 19 total contestants competed in the Team Marketing Contest. Representing the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, senior team winners were Phillip Horvath, Tara Harrison andVictoria Horvath. Collegiate team winners were from Colorado State University and included Cheyenne Dixon, Alicia Miller and Jolynn Sakugawa.


The purpose of the Team Marketing Contest is to encourage teamwork while promoting development of communication skills, marketing techniques and an understanding of cattle performance information.


Quiz Bowl. Four teams competed in the Beef Quiz Bowl, which offers opportunities to demonstrate knowledge related to the cattle industry. The first-place team represented the Florida Cattlemen’s Association and was comprised of Cody Corson, Thomas Richmond, J.K. Yarborough and Brittany Warren.

Public Speaking. The Prepared Public Speaking Contest stimulates interest in leadership through presentation skills. Fifteen contestants competed in three age groups: 10 and under, 11-14 and 15-19. Winners were Justis Marshall, Burlington, Colo. (10 and under); Steven Bigelow, Duncan, Ariz. (11-14); and Kaitlyn Gill, Lithia, Fla. (15-19).

Cattle Judging. The Cattle Judging contest included a Novice Division (under age 9 or, if it's their first judging contest, under age 11); Junior Division (ages 9-14); Senior Division (ages 14 to 19); and College Division. A total of 60 contestants competed in the four categories. The winners were:

Collegiate — 10 contestants
1st Team Overall — Colorado State University team comprised of Dominic DiSanti, J.W. Wood, Mandy Meyers, Elizabeth McManus and Aaric Sieke
1st Individual Overall — Dominic DiSanti, Colorado State University

Senior — 35 contestants
1st Team Overall — North American South Devon team comprised of Cody Doubet, Curtis Doubet, Lane Giess and Laddy Trehal
1st Individual Overall — Curtis Doubet, North American South Devon

Junior — 8 contestants (judged as individuals, no teams)
1st Individual Overall — Ty Gatlin, Reserve, N.M.

Novice — 7 contestants (judged as individuals, no teams)
1st Individual Overall — Jake Edleman, Willow Lake, S.D.


The youth contests were coordinated by NCBA and exclusively sponsored by a grant from The Farm Credit System Foundation.

Editor’s Note: This article was adapted from a release provided by the National Cattlemen's Beef Associaiton. For more information contact Meghan Pusey at 303-850-3340.