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2011-10-13 / Community News

Aggie Freshman Receives Top Honors


Emily Jack Emily Jack Emily Jack from Giddings, a freshman Animal Science Major at Texas A&M University, won a seat on the 2012 National Beef Ambassador Team and also received a silver tray trophy.

Contestants from throughout the country vied for a place on the elite five-person 2012 National Beef Ambassador team at the annual competition, held Oct 1 in Wooster, Ohio. The competition was funded in part by the Beef Checkoff Program. Contestants participating in the National Beef Ambassador Competition competed in a classroom type presentation, a consumer event scenario, a beef issues response paper and a media interview.

Emily will be joined on the 2012 National Beef Ambassador team with four other youth beef advocates including John Weber, Minnesota; Kim Rounds, California; Arika Snyder, Pennsylvania; and Rossie Blinson, North Carolina. The trained youth ambassadors will travel throughout the U. S. in 2012 educating consumers about the beef industry, food safety, nutrition and the Beef Checkoff Program.

The 29 contestants at this year’s competition vied not only for a place on the select team of agriculture advocates, but also for $5,000 in cash prizes and five educational scholarships totaling $5,000 given by the American National CattleWomen Foundation, Inc. Additionally, one Beef Ambassador will be chosen for a prestigious USDA internship in Washington, DC.

To qualify for the national contest, Emily Jack won the High Point Texas Beef Leader Contest during the state competition held in August 2011 at Kleberg Center on the TAMU campus. The state contest is hosted by the Texas CattleWomen and is funded by the Beef Checkoff, the Butler Foundation, Novartis Animal Health and Texas CattleWomen.

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