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
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.
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:
|Morgan Lyman||Amador/El Dorado/Sacramento|
|Alek Kater||Taylor MacKay||Butte|
|Shannon Carver||Shane Stubblefield||Kern|
|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|
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:
|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.