Shane Heizer of Hagerstown recently earned the National Junior Angus Association’s Bronze and Silver awards, according to Robin Ruff, junior activities director of the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Mo.
The 16-year-old son of John and Mary Heizer attends Smithsburg High School and is a member of the NJAA and the Maryland Junior Angus Association, where he served as communications officer in 2011.
Heizer has participated in local, state, regional and national shows, and showmanship competitions. He participated in the Leaders Engaged in Angus Development conference in 2010.
He also has consigned cattle to the Angus Event Maryland State Sale.
The Bronze and Silver awards are the first two levels of the NJAA recognition program that began in 1972.
Junior Angus breeders must apply for the awards, then meet point requirements in many areas of participation before receiving the honors.
Applicants are evaluated in areas of junior Angus association activities and leadership, participation in showmanship, contests and shows, using performance testing to improve their herd and their progress in producing and merchandising Angus cattle.
The NJAA promotes the involvement of young people in raising Angus cattle, while also providing leadership and self-development opportunities for the nearly 6,000 active members nationwide.