2017 Winner:: Kevin Wendt
2016 Winner:: Cindy Cagwin-Johnston
2015 Winners :: James & Beverly Freed
Every year the American Junior Shorthorn Association Board of Directors recognizes an individual for their dedication and support of the junior association with the Junior Appreciation Award. This year’s recipient was Dr. Jim and Beverly Freed of Chickashaw, Oklahoma. The Freed’s were selected as this year’s recipient because of their efforts to go out of the way to help the AJSA. One of their greatest qualities is helping advise the Junior Board for the National Shorthorn Junior Show and Youth Conference. From driving to another state to pick up an auction item to helping the Board film videos at our annual spring meeting in Omaha, we truly appreciate all the time and hard work that they have put into this association.
2014 Winners :: John Sullivan and Kris Vogel
2013 Winner :: Dr. Bert Moore of Elkhorn, Nebraska.
Moore was selected as this year’s recipient because of his sincerity and support of the juniors and their programs. He is a true lover of the Shorthorn breed and it shows through his work with the juniors. He is always there to encourage, teach and ultimately influence the paths of each and every junior he comes in contact with. He always makes it a point to give anyone he talks with his full attention and always greets each of them with a firm handshake and a tip of his hat. His love for Shorthorn is evident as well as his passion for helping the youth and the future of the breed.
2012 Winner :: Julie French of Beaverton, MI
French was selected as this year’s recipient because of her efforts to go out of her way to help the AJSA. From chairing the 2010 Junior Nationals in Michigan to helping with every Fundraising event, she is always there supporting the juniors.
One of her specialties is coming up with new innovative ways to help raise money for Junior events such as KEY Conference. During The Great Shorthorn Revival she has done memorable fundraisers such as “KEYNO for KEY” and last years outstanding “Chair”ity event. She is always willing to step up when help is needed and volunteer where she is most valuable. Her generosity and continued support are noticed by so many throughout the industry and we cannot thank her enough.