Taylor Duckett earns Junior Bronze and Silver awards

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Taylor Duckett, New Liberty, Iowa, has earned the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA) Bronze and Silver awards, according to Jaclyn Upperman, education and events director of the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Mo.

The 17-year-old daughter of Todd and Bonnie Duckett attends Durant High School and is a member of the NJAA, Iowa Junior Angus Association where she has served as first vice president, historian and royalty, and Eastern Iowa Junior Angus Association, where she currently serves as vice president and has also served as treasurer and director.

She has participated in local, state, regional and national shows and showmanship contests. At the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), Taylor participated in photography, quiz bowl, poster, livestock judging, team fitting and team sales contests and the All-American Certified Angus Beef Cook-Off. She served as a voting delegate in 2013 and participated in the mentoring program in 2007. She also participated in the 2013 Raising the Bar conferences.

Taylor has consigned cattle at the Schroeder Fawcett Fall Spectacular and is actively involved with her local 4-H club.

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.