Madison Adams, a 19-year-old college sophomore, resides in West End, North Carolina, where she attends Sandhills Community College. Madison plans to attend a four-year university to obtain a degree in agriculture education after completion of an associate of science degree. Madison works with a registered Red Angus operation located in Aberdeen, North Carolina. Madison held leadership positions in 4-H, FFA, emergency services and church activities during high school. She plans on continuing to volunteer with the 4-H club as college allows. Madison is excited to be serving as the President on the Junior Board. She is enthusiastic about building relationships with other junior members and having the opportunity to help those excel in their knowledge of the Red Angus breed and agriculture.
Shaye Koester is 19 years old and from Steele, North Dakota. She is the daughter of Steve and Tracey Koester. She graduated from Kidder County High School and attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, majoring in animal science. Throughout high school Shaye was active in FFA, 4-H, volleyball, drama and theater, Student Council, Sources of Strength Student Leaders, JRA and the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association. Shaye raises registered and commercial Red Angus cattle and looks forward to serving on the board. She is passionate about the Red Angus breed and wants to encourage other members to become more knowledgeable and gain leadership skills in the beef industry.
Kaitlyn Templeton is a 21-year-old college senior who attends North Carolina A&T State University where she is studying Animal Science with a concentration in industry. Kaitlyn’s passion in life is working and interacting with animals. Upon graduation from college, Kaitlyn plans to become an Extension agent and continue to farm registered Red Angus cattle. Serving on the board for her second year as Secretary, Kaitlyn is excited to meet many new juniors who have the same mindset as her and work closely with a board who has a passion for getting juniors involved in the Red Angus industry.
Genna VanWye is a 20-year-old college junior at Iowa State University, pursuing a major in Animal Science. She grew up on a Red Angus and Angus seedstock operation in central Illinois and northeast Missouri. At Iowa State, Genna is active in Block and Bridle, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Ambassador Program, and enjoys serving as a teaching assistant for the Animal Science department. She is excited to serve a fourth year on the board of directors, and is looking forward to engaging junior members at the state, regional and national level and having an impact on the skills and knowledge they gain.
Carson S. Ballinger is an 18-year-old senior at White Horse Christian Academy. His father and mother are Tony and Allison Ballinger, who own and operate Cross B Cattle Company in Morgan Mill, Texas. Carson is extremely involved in 4-H, and just served as the 2016-17 chapter president. He enjoys farming and maintaining native grasslands to provide roughages for their growing cow herd, also loves working with his show calves year round. His plan for the future is not quite decided yet, but he knows it will be in the cattle industry.
Brock Fitzgerald is a 17-year-old high school senior at Tri-Valley High School in Downs, Illinois, where he is involved in school activities such as track and FFA. Brock is very passionate about Red Angus, and is very involved in his family operation in Shirley, Illinois, where he and his family raise registered Red Angus. After graduation Brock plans to go to college and study ranch management. Brock is very excited to be on the board this year and to meet many producers from all over the country. He really hopes to get more juniors involved and to have an impact on the knowledge they gain.
Interested in serving on the National Junior Red Angus Board of Directors? Download the requirements and application below.
JRA Board Application JRA Board Handbook