The American Angus Auxiliary sponsors the Janet Castle Crystal Award to promote and encourage participation in educational events. These contests allow all juniors, even those who might not show cattle, to participate in the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS). Points are earned for placing and participation in the photography, graphic design, extemporaneous and prepared public speaking, team sales, creative writing, quiz bowl, team marketing, career development, posters and the Auxiliary-sponsored All-American Certified Angus Beef® Cook-Off. Two awards are presented, one to the high-point boy and 'one to the high-point girl.
These junior members won the Crystal Awards at the 2016 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) Awards Ceremony, July 8 in Grand Island, Nebraska. Pictured from left are Cooper Sadowsky, Eagleville, MO, top girl; Kathi Creamer, Auxiliary presenter; and Chris Kahlenbeck, Saint Clair, MO, top boy.
Beginning in 2005, Auxiliary investments that supported scholarships and awards were transferred to Angus Foundation accounts. There are a number of scholarships that have since been established directly through the Foundation. The Pat Grote awards and the Spader awards were originated before the transfer of funds through the Foundation.
Originally known as the Pat Grote Belt Buckle Award. Rattey sculptures have replaced belt buckles. The winner of the intermediate division of the extemporaneous speaking contest at the NJAS also wins this award. Starting in 2006 the intermediate division was split into two age groups and resulted in two awards.
The winners of the two intermediate divisions receive a Harvey Rattey Pewter Sculpture Award from the American Angus Auxiliary in the name of Pat Grote.
Mardee Sadowsky, Eagleville, MO, pictured at far left, received the Harvey Rattey bronze sculpture in the name of the late Pat Grote for her first place win in the intermediate A extemporaneous speaking division.
Cale Hinrichsen, Westmoreland, KS, pictured at far left, received the Harvey Rattey bronze sculpture in the name of the late Pat Grote for his first place win in the Intermediate B extemporaneous speaking division.
The winning intermediate team in the steak division of the Cook-Off earns this award, which pays for team members to attend the Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) Conference in the year of the win or the year after.
These Kansas juniors received the Grote LEAD award at the 2016 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) Awards Ceremony, July 8 in Grand Island, NE. Pictured from left are Grady Dickerson, Paradise; Sarah Pelton, Paradise; Cale Hinrichsen, Westmoreland; Eva Hinrichsen, Westmoreland; Kady Figge, Onaga; Alexandria Cozzitorto, Lawrence; and Shally Rogen, American Angus Auxiliary President, presenting.
The Richard L. Spader award (originally known as the Richard L. Spader Belt Buckle Award) is sponsored in memory of former American Angus Association Executive Vice President, Richard L. Spader. This award is given to the winner of the Senior Extemporaneous Speaking division at the National Junior Angus Show awards program.
The NJAA and the Junior Activities Department co-sponsor the Extemporaneous Speaking Contest, which is fast becoming one of the most competitive contests of the event. Each participant receives a topic and reference information 30 minutes prior to his or her scheduled speaking time. Following preparation, the contestant must present a 2- to 6-minute speech. The winner of the senior division receives a custom engraved Artisan belt buckle from the American Angus Auxiliary in the name of Richard L. Spader.
Cooper Sadowsky, Eagleville, MO, was the winner in the senior division of extemporaneous speaking at the 2016 National Junior Angus Show. Pictured presenting the award is Sheri Spader, left.
The highest and most coveted honor of the Cook-Off, the Black Kettle Award, is presented to the highest scoring team among all meat and age divisions. The award was established in memory of Paul St. Blanc, a supporter and long-time friend of the Cook-Off.
The Kansas intermediate steak team won the Black Kettle Award at the All-American Certified Angus Beef® (CAB) Cook-Off at the 2016 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 3-9 in Grand Island, NE. Pictured are (from left) Grady Dickerson, Paradise; Sarah Pelton, Paradise; Cale Hinrichsen, Westmoreland; Eva Hinrichsen, Westmoreland; Kady Figge, Onaga; Alexandria Cozzitorto, Lawrence; and Shally Rogen, American Angus Auxiliary President, presenting. They prepared "Tantalizing Steak Tacos".