New Junior Hereford Board Members, Officers Elected

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Four new National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) Board members were elected as well as a new officer team selected at the 10th annual VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) July 10 in Tulsa, Okla.

The officer team for 2009-2010 is president – Kandi Knippa, Seguin, Texas; vice president – Katlin Mulvaney, Opelika, Ala.; communications chair – Rossie Blinson, Buies Creek, N.C.; membership chair – Hannah Wine, Marshall, Va.; leadership chair – Danielle Starr, Manawa, Wis.; and fundraising chair – Jake Metch, Bainbridge, N.Y.

Andrew Albin, Newman, Ill.; Kevin Ernst, Windsor, Colo.; Hunter Grayson, Watkinsville, Ga.; and Mallorie Phelps, Grandview, Texas, received their maroon jackets as new NJHA directors during the awards ceremony Friday night. Two delegates from each state junior Hereford association voted for the individuals they wanted to represent the membership. The four retiring junior board members announced the results and passed their jackets onto the new leadership.

Andrew Albin is the 17-year-old son of David and Julie Albin. This fall he will be a senior at Shiloh High School. Andrew has been a member of the Illinois Junior Hereford Association for five years and is currently serving as director. He has attended three Program for Reaching Individuals Determined to Excel (PRIDE) Conventions and five JNHEs. In school he is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish club, varsity football and track. As an active FFA member Andrew has served as chapter president, vice president and treasurer. His goal is to implement a regional leadership conference for younger junior members. Andrew wants to challenge junior members by providing them with exciting opportunities to enhance leadership growth while promoting the Hereford breed.

Hunter Grayson is the 17-year-old son of Richard Grayson. A senior at North Oconee High School, Hunter has been an active FFA member serving as area II secretary and vice president. Aside from being competitive in the showring, he has served as a Georgia Junior Hereford Association director and chaired the Georgia Hereford steer show. In 2008 Hunter was

a state delegate at the JNHE. He is passionate about educating junior Hereford members as they are the future of this organization. His main goal is to continue the outstanding NJHA traditions and encourage members to reach their full potential.

Kevin Ernst is the 17-year-old son of Marshall and Barbara Ernst. He will be graduating early from Windsor High School in December and will be starting his college career in January 2010. Kevin has served as vice president and reporter of the Colorado Junior Beef Association. He has been a member of the NJHA since 1998 and a state voting delegate since 2001. As part of the 2007 JNHE planning committee, he was responsible for soliciting sponsorship and organizing the feed room. Showing cattle locally, regionally and nationally has always been part of Kevin’s life.

Mallorie Phelps is the 16-year-old daughter of Shannon Mehaffey. She will be a junior this fall at Grandview High School. Phelps is an active member of the Texas Junior Hereford Association serving as second vice president and reporter. In addition to her involvement in the state association, Mallorie is also very active in the NJHA. She attended PRIDE Convention at Washington, D.C., Mississippi State and Texas A&M University. In addition to showing at the JNHE, Phelps has competed in team fitting, quiz bowl, speech and photo contests, team marketing, grill-off and livestock judging. Mallorie is looking forward to being an advocate of the Hereford breed and striving to educate beef retailers as well as the general public about the positive attributes of Hereford beef.

The 2009 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo was sponsored in part by Biozyme Inc., St. Joseph, Mo. The NJHA is one of the most active junior programs in the country with approximately 3,000 members. The NJHA’s mission is to create and promote enthusiasm for the breed while providing opportunities through leadership, education and teamwork. For more information about the NJHA, visit