This year's National Junior Angus show was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with more than 500 junior members from 30 states exhibiting cattle. This year, five members from West Virginia attended.

Every year at the National Show, six of the twelve National Junior Board of Directors retire and six more junior members are elected to serve on the National Board for a two-year term. These individuals are representatives of their state and are elected by delegates from all over the United States. The first NJAA board was elected in 1980. This year, West Virginia has the honor of claiming its second representative to the Junior Board, Miss Cortney Collins.

During their term, directors develop and implement programs and events to serve junior members across the nation and the Angus breed.

Traveling on behalf of the NJAA to various activities enables them to meet fellow members and to share their thoughts and experiences of Angus involvement. They also get first-hand experience at leadership, cooperation and organization.

The NJAA Board makes recommendations for new programs and ideas to the American Angus Association Board of Directors, helps train other juniors and promotes the Angus breed.

Cortney, a West Virginia University student majoring in Agriculture Biochemistry, will serve on the National Board of Directors until July of 2004. during this time, she will travel the United States to National and Regional Angus Shows, as well as promote the Beef and Angus industries.

Cortney, age 20, is the daughter of Rick and Jane Collins of Tanner, WV and the granddaughter of Denver and Paula Roberts of Grantsville, WV.