Beef Ambassador Contest 2002
The State contest was held at the Stockton AgCredit Office on June 1st, 2002.
Honored judges of the annual speech and interview contest were:
Audrey Lopes-Dermond, AgCredit Board of Directors; Jerry Hemsted, Past President California Cattlemen’s Association; and Ben Higgins, Director of Public Affairs, California Cattlemen’s Association. California CattleWomen chair Sherri Brennan extends thanks to all who helped with the contest this year, and to the California Beef Council for their sponsorship of the incentive contest.
Incentive winners this past year for reaching the most people with beef information with their presentations were Jaclynn Scrivner of Shasta, 1st place and Lindsey Gibson, San Luis Obispo, 2nd place.
1st Place: Kay Marino;
2nd Place: Kay Marino;
November 2002 in the National Contest!
Kay Marino has just completed her first year of college at CSU Stanislaus
where she is majoring in communications. Kay has been involved in 4-H and FFA where she showed beef. She enjoys soccer, rodeo, horse packing, and many other activities. She is employed at the County Fair and as a waitress. Her future plans are to continue at CSU Stanislaus and pursue a career in public relations or communications within the agricultural community.
Kay would like to spread the word through the Beef Ambassador Contest that “Cattle play a very big role in fighting fires. Cattle grazing helps to reduce fuels that spread fire and this also provides natural weed control. Cattle grazing on land where crops cannot be produced doubles the land area in this country that can be used to produce food.
2nd Place: Ginger Thirlaway;
Ginger is an 11th grader at Bear River High School. She is extremely active in F.F.A., where she is the Superior Region Historian, and she participates in livestock judging and parliamentary procedure. She is also a peer counselor at her high school. Ginger’s future plans are to attend San Diego State and major in political science while being in ROTC to become an Air Force Pilot.
Dallice attends Mercy High School. She enjoys tennis and basketball. She is involved in 4-H where she has a service project called Warm Clovers. She collects quilts to give to the Shriner’s Hospital in Sacramento. Her future plans are to attend CSU Chico where she will major in Ag Business. She would like to be involved in some area of meat production.
Honorable Mention: Jessique Ghezzi;
San Luis Obispo CattleWomen
Jessi is a senior at Templeton High School. Her activities include 4-H beef, FFA Parliamentary Procedure, and public speaking. She enjoys competing at Jackpot shows. Jessi will be attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she will major in Animal Science. She would like to become a large animal veterinarian.
Jessique Ghezzi is on a mission to present good science through her presentations. She says that “The Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) found in beef has been shown in recent studies to reduce mammary tumors, alter metabolism by decreasing body fat and increasing lean muscle, and CLA has also been shown to decrease lipid accumulation in the arteries.”
Honorable Mention: Brittan Planinz;
Brittan Planinz is a 12 grader who is active in local politics. Brittan is in his last year in 4-H, and he is active in his church. His future plans are to become a lawyer and further down the road, run for public office.
Honorable Mention: Christy Blocker;
Santa Barbara CattleWomen
Christy Blocker attends Lompoc High School. Her activities include 4-H and FFA where she has been involved in many competitions including Parliamentary Procedure, and she has held many offices. She is actively raising cattle and hogs. She is employed part time at Fab Tec Custom Welding and Fabricating. Her future plans are to attend Cal Poly, and then UC Davis to become a Veterinarian.