Posted June 23, 2023
by Katie Martin, RAAA assistant director of communications
Through the support of the Red Angus Foundation Inc., the Red Angus Association of America is pleased to award college scholarships to JRA members who are active in the association, their communities and the beef industry. Recipients completed an extensive application and interview process, and have proven their communications skills, professionalism and potential for leadership. Each scholarship recipient plans to attend either a two-year college or four-year university in the coming year.
The following five JRA members will receive a $1,000 college scholarship.
Brooke Calteaux is the daughter of Brian and Annette Calteaux of Winona, Minnesota, where she is a senior at Winona Senior High School. She plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to major in agricultural education with a minor in ag business. As a member of the Happy Hart 4-H Club, she is currently the president and has held the office of secretary and reporter/historian. Additionally, she is the president of the Winona County 4-H Federation and serves on the Minnesota State Fair Beef Committee. Calteaux is also very active in FFA where she currently serves as secretary. Calteaux’s passion is Red Angus, and in addition to being the Minnesota Junior Red Angus president, she is also the Minnesota Junior Red Angus breed ambassador. She is looking forward to the next chapter in her life, educating tomorrow's consumers and expanding her knowledge in the industry.
Natalie Evans is the 18-year-old daughter of Sean and Amy Evans of Jacksonville, Illinois. She is a freshman pre-veterinary medicine major at Murray State University. Currently, she is employed at MSU’s swine farm and is involved in the Swine Club, Block and Bridle and the Pre-Vet/Vet Tech Clubs. She has the ambition to go to veterinary school and work in large animal medicine. Evans enjoys showing Red Angus at the national, state and local levels. Her interest in large animal medicine was first sparked when she began showing Red Angus seven years ago. She is forever grateful that the Red Angus breed introduced her to her passion, and encouraged her to network with other breeders and learn more about the beef industry.
Morley Griffith, daughter of Matt and Twana Griffith, grew up on a small cow-calf operation in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and has been exhibiting cattle since the age of five. She has won various national titles throughout her tenure in the junior livestock program. While she is proud of her success in the show ring, she is most proud of the relationships she has built and how she has grown as a cattle woman. Griffith has taught workshops on beef byproducts, herdsmanship and the beef supply chain across the country. She recently won the state 4-H beef record book. She has a passion for advocating for the beef industry and is the current Oklahoma Cattlewoman's Beef Advocacy Champion. Griffith plans to attend Oklahoma State University and double major in agriculture leadership and strategic communications. Griffith credits her passion and drive to the cattle industry that has blessed her so much.
Brett Sartin of Strafford, Missouri, is a 2023 graduate of Fair Grove High School. Sartin is the son of Clint and Veronica Sartin. He is a third-generation cattle farmer from southwest Missouri who has been active in various agriculture related organizations. He has served on the board of the Missouri Junior Red Angus Association and Fair Grove's FFA Chapter. He has been successful in show rings across the Midwest, twice winning reserve champion steer at the national level. Sartin is seeking an agribusiness degree and looking forward to enhancing his family's farming, real estate and construction operations while keeping their rich traditions in agriculture alive.
Calley Stubbs of Sharon Springs, Kansas, is the daughter of Becky and Darrell Vandike and Adam and Jill Stubbs. Stubbs is currently attending Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas, where she is a member of the livestock judging team. She is also involved in Collegiate Farm Bureau and serves as the vice president for the North American Junior Red Angus Event junior board. Stubbs hopes to become a ruminant nutritionist and keep developing her herd of Red Angus cattle.
RAAA is also pleased to announce the recipient of the $500 Dee Sonstegard Memorial Scholarship.
Zachary Griffeth of Marietta, Oklahoma, is a graduating senior at Turner High School and is the son of Kelley and Anne Kimmey. He plans to attend Oklahoma State University to pursue an animal science degree with a ranching operations emphasis. Griffeth has been an active member of the Red Angus breed since he was eight, and plans to return to Love County to join his parents in the ranching operations.
Congratulations to these winners! For more information on the JRA Scholarship program or other JRA events, visit www.RedAngus.org.
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Cutline: Brooke Calteaux is the recipient of a Junior Red Angus Association scholarship.
Cutline: Natalie Evans is the recipient of a Junior Red Angus Association scholarship.
Cutline: Morley Griffith is the recipient of a Junior Red Angus Association scholarship.
Cutline: Brett Sartin is the recipient of a Junior Red Angus Association scholarship.
Cutline: Calley Stubbs is the recipient of a Junior Red Angus Association scholarship.
Cutline: Zachary Griffeth is the recipient of the Dee Sonstegard Memorial Scholarship.