Our next scholarship winner spotlight is Kaitlyn Boyer. Kaitlyn received the Award of Excellence Scholarship at the 2017 Junior Nationals. Her involvement within the beef industry led her to attend Iowa State University where she is studying Animal Science with a focus on beef production. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the beef industry where she can market and promote cattle, as well as share her passion with others. In addition, she plans to continue expanding her own herd of Limousin cattle and sell bulls throughout the Midwest.
The Limousin breed has substantially helped Kaitlyn succeed in college as well as other goals. She explains, “Throughout the years not only have I learned more about raising cattle, the beef industry and our breed, but I have also gained vital life skills such as public speaking, and more importantly grown very close to my Limousin friends.” While attending Iowa State, Kaitlyn is involved in numerous activities such as, being an active member of the Iowa State Block and Bridle club, the Secretary of the Collegiate Beef Team, compete on the Iowa State University Collegiate Meats judging team, and was involved in the Tradition of Excellence Sales Team. Her favorite activity is competing on the meats judging team because it has given her the opportunity to learn more about what is under the hide. Kaitlyn’s advice to those entering college is to get involved in clubs and activities that you enjoy, to make life-long connections with students and gain new experiences.
While many memories are made at Junior Nationals, Kaitlyn’s favorite was her first, the 2012 Junior National that was held in Iowa, because it was her home state and she had the honor to receive Reserve Champion Overall Progress Steer, with her favorite steer, Yogi Bear. Kaitlyn must always keep beef sticks from her family’s business in her show box because they take them everywhere! An interesting fact about Kaitlyn is that she loves jamming out to music, whether it is Garth Brooks or AC/DC, no matter what!
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