Juniors


About

The purpose of the North American Limousin Junior Association is to develop knowledgeable, motivated beef industry leaders, while promoting the Limousin breed through fellowship, leadership and education.

A one-time membership fee and an annual activity fee opens NALJA membership to anyone age 21 and younger. NALJA members enjoy special member rates on all registrations and other NALF services, receive the NALJA News newsletter, and take part in setting the direction of NALJA through an annual meeting.

NALJA members may participate in NALJA leadership conferences – such as the POWER conference – as well as the national junior show and regional shows during the summer.

Board of Directors

 

The North American Limousin Junior Association (NALJA) has a governing board of 10 junior directors. In addition to those 10 directors, the immediate past president of NALJA serves as an Ex-officio member of the board. Directors are elected to two-year terms and are eligible to serve two terms.

Their main purpose is to plan national programs and activities for the membership. The Junior Board’s primary responsibility is to organize, plan and run the National Junior Limousin Show & Congress (NJLSC) each summer. They also represent the Limousin breed at state and regional field days and at the Youth Beef Industry Congress (YBIC), which is a three-day seminar sponsored by the U.S. Beef Breeds Council and other industry groups and businesses.

NALJA Board of Directors Application– will download as a Microsoft Word file.


Eliza Truel, President

  • Hometown: Skiatook, OK
  • Parents: Bridget & Hal Vogt
  • 3rd year on NALJA Board

Boone Begert, Vice President

  • Hometown: Allison, TX
  • Parents: Bret & Hayley Begert
  • 2nd year on NALJA Board

Mikayla Askey, Secretary

  • Hometown: Queen Creek, AZ
  • Parents: Robert & Angela Askey
  • 4th year on NALJA Board

Shane Kendall, Treasurer

  • Hometown: Magnolia, NC
  • Parents: Dustin & Charmae Kendall
  • 2nd year on NALJA Board

Turner Sanders, Social Media Chair

  • Hometown: Huntington, TX
  • Parents: Roger and Jill Sanders
  • 1st year on NALJA Board

Landry Kleman, Ex-Officio

  • Hometown: Nazareth, TX
  • Parents: Brad & Ashley Kleman
  • 4th year on NALJA Board

Jacey Smith, Director

  • Hometown: Decatur, AR
  • Parents: Kevin & Jacque Smith
  • 2nd year on NALJA Board

Memphis Peterson, Director

  • Hometown: Pukwana, SD
  • Parents: Cade & Erica Peterson
  • 1st year on NALJA Board

Brandt Gazaway, Director

  • Hometown: Stillwater, OK
  • Parents: Jeff & Amy Gazaway
  • 1st year on NALJA Board

Wyatt Jacoby, Director

  • Hometown: Paradise, TX
  • Parents: David & Jennifer Jacoby
  • 1st year on NALJA Board

Kason Kiser, Director

  • Hometown: Lufkin, TX
  • Parents: Terry & Joanne Kiser
  • 1st year on NALJA Board

Shows

NALJA sponsors 2 regional shows – Eastern and Heartland, and the National Junior Limousin Show & Congress.

NALJA Awards

NALJA Honorary Member

Description

Each year state the NALJA Junior Board selects an individual or family that encompasses the NALJA Association’s purpose to develop knowledgeable, motivated beef industry leaders, while promoting the Limousin breed through fellowship, leadership, and education.

2024 NALJA Honorary Member

Paul Sisemore, P Bar S Ranch, Sand Springs, OK

Past NALJA Honorary Members

Dick O’Brien Junior Herdsman Award

Description

Each year state junior advisors nominate National Junior Limousin Show & Congress exhibitors for the O’Brien Award to recognize a superior job of caring for animals, interacting with others, meeting the public and demonstrating maturity. First presented in 1996, the award honors the memory of Limousin enthusiast Dick O’Brien. This award is based upon the leadership that has been exhibited through their Limousin and other various activities.

Dick O’Brien Junior Herdsman Nomination Letter

2024 Junior Herdsman Award Winner

Peyton Collum, Guthrie, OK

NALJA News

NALJA News is a bi-annual – Summer and Winter – printed newsletter for NALJA members. This newsletter is the source of information for junior shows, events, programs, and information.

Current

Summer 2024

Archives 

Winter 2023

Summer 2023

Winter 2022

Summer 2022

Contests

Satellite Events

NALJA offers various satellite events during the National Junior Limousin Show & Congress to build leadership skills and increase education of Limousin cattle. Entries for contests such as photography, state poster, and magazine advertisement are submitted prior to the national junior show. Other contests including judging, public speaking, team fitting, and cow camp are held throughout the week of the show.

Junior members must enter for satellite events by entry deadlines prior to the national junior show.


Individual Contests

Individual Contest Breakdown 2024

Magazine Advertisement Contest – Score Sheet

Photography Contest – Score Sheet

Videography Contest – Score Sheet

Carcass Contest – 2024 Official Pricing Grid

Sales Talk Contest  – 2024 Senior Sales Talk Scenario


State Contests

State Contest Breakdown 2024

Cow Camp – 2024 Cow Camp Study Guide

Quiz Bowl (Held Odd Years) – 2023 Senior Quiz Bowl Study Guide; 2023 Junior Quiz Bowl Study Guide

State Herdsmanship – Score Sheet

State Poster Contest – Score Sheet


Results

2023 Contest Results

2022 Contest Results 

2021 Contest Results

Scholarships

NALJA and the Limi Boosters offer four scholarship programs for junior members pursuing higher education. These scholarships are presented at the National Junior Limousin Show & Congress. Applications are due May 15.

Limi Boosters Donna Etherton National Scholarship

Sponsored by the Limi Boosters, selection for the Donna Etherton scholarships are based on scholastic excellence, demonstrated leadership, citizenship, financial need, and participation in 4-H, FFA, and Limousin junior activities.

2024 Limi Boosters Donna Etherton Scholarship Application

2024 Donna Etherton Limi Boosters National Scholarship Recipients: Keely Shultz, Danielsville, GA; Peyton Collum, Guthrie, OK; Ross Turner, Chattanooga, OK

Leonard and Vi Wulf Scholarship

The Leonard and Vi Wulf Scholarship is awarded to financially support the educational pursuits of young Limousin enthusiasts who possess upstanding character, perseverance, work ethic, ingenuity, and demonstrated scholastic achievement, consistent with the values endeared by the Wulf family. This scholarship is funded with income generated from the honorary fund established at the time of Leonard Wulf’s induction into the North American Limousin Foundation Hall of Fame. It’s further supported by the generosity of the Wulf family.

2024 Leonard and Vi Wulf Scholarship Application – Downloads as a Word doc.

2024 Leonard and Vi Wulf Scholarship Recipient: Eliza Truel, Skiatook, OK

NALJA Award of Excellence Scholarships

NALJA sponsors the Award of Excellence scholarships. These $750 scholarships are awarded to support Limousin enthusiasts who have proven excellence in Limousin activities as well as leadership skills demonstrated in NALJA, 4-H, FFA, and other endeavors. They are selected based on their hands-on experience shown by a detailed report of management practices used within the applicant’s own herd as well as their ability to set and achieve worthy goals.

2024 NALJA Award of Excellence Scholarships – Downloads as a Word doc.

2024 NALJA Award of Excellence Scholarship Recipients: Lily Mitchell, Boscobel, WI; Alyssa Mathews, Dayton, TX; Turner Sanders, Huntington, TX

Limi Know

Welcome to Limi Know!

Follow this blog to get a more in-depth look at the NALJA program and to keep up with all of our activities throughout the year.

Click here to follow the NALJA blog.

7.16.24 – Striving for Honor in the Pursuit of Excellence

4.17.24 – Work Hard and Seize the Opportunities

3.20.24 – Don’t Give Up

2.13.24 – It Takes a Village

1.18.24 – “God gave you two ears and one mouth, use them accordingly.”

11.28.23 – “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”

9.20.23 – Glass Half Full

8.22.23 – Tyler Speck: Junior Herdsman of the Year

6.12.23 – Surround Yourself with Good People

5.19.23 – Keep on Going

4.27.23 – Celebrating 50 Years of NALJA

4.18.23 – Spring has Sprung

3.14.23 – Progress Over Perfection

2.7.23 – Do Good. Be Good.

1.17.23 – Live in the Moment

12.5.22 – One Day at a Time

10.21.22 – Junior Spotlight: Ashley Wiles

9.27.22 – What will you do “With Limousin?”

8.29.22 – In Everything, Give Thanks

8.16.22 – Riley Smith: Junior Herdsman of the Year

7.19.22 – Change

6.9.22 – Don’t Be Afraid to Step Our of Your Comfort Zone

5.1.22 – Get Involved at Junior Nationals

4.5.22 – Keep Carrying on the Limi Tradition

3.11.22 – Make the Most of Each Day

2.7.22 – Rise Above

12.22.21 – Finding Your True Gifts

11.29.21 – Focus on the Here and Now

11.18.21 – Simis to Limis: Paige Peine’s Success Saga

State Advisor

Increasing communication with state advisors is a current goal of NALJA. State association junior advisors are asked to send your contact information to Mallory Blunier, NALF director of media & activities.

2024 State Advisor Reference Guide.

Individual Sweepstakes Points Breakdown 2024

Dick O’Brien Junior Herdsman Award

2024 NJLSC Rulebook


State Contests

State Contest Breakdown 2024

Cow Camp – 2024 Cow Camp Study Guide

Quiz Bowl (Held Odd Years) – 2023 Senior Quiz Bowl Study Guide; 2023 Junior Quiz Bowl Study Guide

State Herdsmanship – Score Sheet

State Poster Contest – Score Sheet


Results 

2023 Contest Results

2022 Contest Results  


State Advisors 

Arkansas  Patrick Swint

Colorado – Julie Ochsner

FloridaRichard Norton & Cory Norton

Georgia – Skyler & April Davis

Illinois – Erin Smith & Becky Freed

Indiana – Rachel Burns

Iowa – William & Sarah Long and George & Deb Miller

KansasLacey Shipman McCarley

Kentucky – Autumn Patton & Renee Portwood

Louisiana – Troy Gulotta

Minnesota – Casey & Kelly Fanta

Missouri –Melanie Brockhaus

Nebraska – Crystal Vander May

Ohio – Kayleesue Laber

Oklahoma – Shana Holloway, Gina McEligot, Peyton Haley

Oregon – Grace Haskins

South Dakota – Meghan Torgerson

Tennessee – Jenny Ozburn, David Byers

Texas – Leighton Chachere, Amber Parkinson

Virginia – Tabby Moore

Washington – Zane Gavette

West Virginia – Jennifer Friend

WisconsinAmy Mitchell

CornerPost Fund

2025 CornerPost Raffle

The NALJA Board of Directors is super excited about this year’s NEW REVERSE CornerPost raffle! The juniors are selling raffle tickets to win $20,000 CASH, the LAST ticket drawn will win ! Contact a Junior Board Member to purchase your ticket.

How it works:

– Only 425 tickets will be sold
– The 1st and every 25th ticket drawn will receive cash starting at $25 and increasing by $25 each time
– The last ten tickets in the drawing will have the opportunity to auction their ticket off
– Drawings will take place throughout the 2025 GOI Auction on January 6, 2025 in Oklahoma City (do not have to be present to win)
– Tickets are $200

In short, we will have 18 winners this year!

 

Summit Youth Conference

2025 IGS Youth Summit

The Summit IGS Youth Leadership Conference is an opportunity where juniors ages 14 – 21 have the ability to not only develop leadership skills that can be used in their future, but also a place where they are able to gain new friendships, experience a new college campus and expand their knowledge on the current issues of the agricultural industry. The weekend event is held in the summer at a different major university each year to give youth a feel for a college setting and to experience what that college offers. Participation is not limited to Limousin juniors; anyone interested in the agricultural industry is encouraged to attend!

NALJA is partnering with the Gelbvieh, Simmental, Shorthorn, and Chianina Associations to bring a joint leadership conference that will take place every other year (odd years). We hope to see you in the summer of 2025!

Contact Mallory Blunier for questions.

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