Kylee Geppert earns Junior Bronze and Silver Awards

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Kylee Geppert, Mitchell, S.D., has earned the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA) Bronze and Silver awards, according to Jaclyn Upperman, junior activities director of the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Mo.

The 18-year-daugther of Kevin and Helen Geppert is a member of the NJAA and the South Dakota Junior Angus Association, where she has served as director.

She has participated in local, state, regional and national shows and showmanship contests. At the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), Geppert participated in the team fitting and judging contests and the All-American Certified Angus Beef Cook-Off. She also participated in the 2006-2008 mentoring programs.

Geppert has submitted weight data to the Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR).

The Bronze and Silver awards are the first two levels of the NJAA Recognition Program that began in 1972. Junior Angus breeders must apply for the awards, then meet point requirements in many areas of participation before receiving the honors. Applicants are evaluated in areas of junior Angus association activities and leadership, participation in showmanship, contests and shows, using performance testing to improve their herd and their progress in producing and merchandising Angus cattle.

The NJAA promotes the involvement of young people in raising Angus cattle, while also providing leadership and self-development opportunities for the nearly 6,000 active members nationwide.