2014 Beef Ambassadors

The CA Beef Ambassador Competition took place at the Emma Prusch Farm Park in San Jose, CA on April 26, 2014.  There were fifteen Junior and eleven Senior Beef Ambassador contestants and they were all great!

Envelope please – The 2014 CCW Beef Ambassadors are (drum roll):

Senior Jillian Casacca – Humbolt County

Junior Shane Stubblefield – Kern County

Nicole Cowley, Siskiyou  and CA BA Jillian Casacca - Humboldt - Senior winners

Nicole Cowley, Siskiyou and CA BA Jillian Casacca – Humboldt
– Senior winners

Jillian and Shane will be going on to represent CCW at the National Beef Ambassador Contest in Denver, Colorado on September 26th – 27th. Jillian Casacca attends CSU-Chico, majoring in Ag Business and minoring in Animal Science.  She owns a small herd of registered and commercial Angus cattle. Shane is a sophomore at Taft High School.  He is active in FFA, an officer on the welding team and enjoys helping on the ranch.

CCW president Tammie McElroy,  2014 National Beef Ambassador Emma Morris,  Junior Beef Ambassador Shane Stubblefield, Kern Co. and reserve Danielle Mueller, Tehama Co.

CCW president Tammie McElroy, 2014 National Beef Ambassador Emma
Morris, Junior Beef Ambassador Shane Stubblefield, Kern Co. and reserve
Danielle Mueller, Tehama Co.

 

Second place Senior was Nicole Cowley – Siskiyou Co.  She is a senior at Yreka High School. Second place Junior was Danielle Mueller – Tehama Co. She is involved in FFA and beef cattle.

The California Beef Council presented each of the  26 State Beef Ambassador contestants, Junior and Senior, a $ 50 Visa gift card.  Additionally, the contest winners received the following gift cards:

Jillian – $400
Nicole – $300,
Shane – $200
Danielle – $100

 

Here is the full list of our outstanding Beef Ambassador Contestants:

Seniors Juniors County
John Murry Alameda
Morgan Lyman Amador/El Dorado/Sacramento
Alek Kater Taylor MacKay Butte
Jillian Casacca Humbolt
Shannon Carver Shane Stubblefield Kern
Ashley Taylor Napa/Solano
Sonia Del Toro Placer/Nevada
Molly Clark San Luis Obispo
Gillian Welcher San Luis Obispo
Jessica Welcher San Luis Obispo
Marissa Smith Jackie Penner Santa Clara
Gabrielle Schord Santa Clara
Wyatt Wolfe Santa Clara
Allen Williams Adam Blalock Shasta
Nicole Cowley Claire Olson Siskiyou
Danielle Mueller Tehama
Emyli Palmer Tehama
Kegan Richards Tehama
Senior Beef Ambassador Contestants

Senior Beef Ambassador Contestants

 

Junior Beer Ambassador Contestants

Junior Beer Ambassador Contestants

The event competitions were exciting and very fun to watch.  A big thank you goes to all our judges, mock consumers and questioners! They included:

Event Judges Consumers/Questioner
Mock Consumer Rich Silacci, Chairman California Beef Council and Cal Poly SOL Erin Rogers, Kern County
Karen Sweet, Livermore Rancher Tammie McElroy, CCW President
Sharon McCray, Emma Prusch Farm Park Foundation
Issue Response Megan Alpers, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Media Malorie Bankhead, California Cattlemen’s Association Jill Scofield, California Beef Council
Sheila Barry, U.C. Cooperative Extension

Special thank yous go to Emma Morris, 2013 CA Beef Ambassador and member of the
2014 NBA Team and Katie Stroud, 2012 CA Beef Ambassador and member of the 2013 NBA Team.  Emma gave a presentation to the contestant parents and event guests about her past year as a Beef Ambassador.  Katie pitched in to help with registration and escorting the contestants to the consumer event.

Congratulations to Sarah DeForest, CCW Beef Ambassador Chairwoman for another successful competition.  And finally a huge thank you to our hostesses from the Santa Clara Cattle Women. Jill Bright is their President.  She and her member were simply fantastic.