Oklahoma CattleWomen, Inc. hosted the 2014 Oklahoma Beef Ambassador Contest during the Oklahoma Junior Cattlemen’s Association Preview Show in Chickasha. Contest participants each completed a mock media interview about beef issues and conducted a mock retail promotion of beef.
The winner of the senior division was Kalyn McKibben, of Wyandotte; second place was awarded to Shelby Downs, of Sumner, Texas, who competed as a student of Oklahoma State University.
The winner of the junior division was Paige Garza, of Yukon; second place went to Will Shelby, of Madill, and third place to Sydnee Gerken, of Kingfisher. Winners in the junior and senior categories will travel to compete in the National Beef Ambassador Contest in Denver in September.
The winner of the novice division was Hattie Haynes, of Weatherford; second place went to Kaden Hartin, of Stuart; third place was Victoria Gerken, of Kingfisher. Cash prizes were given to the top three contestants in each age division.
The contest, funded in part by the Beef Checkoff, is held annually in June. In Oklahoma, the Beef Ambassadors serve as a voice in their community, schools and other outlets as well as assisting the Oklahoma Beef Council and the Oklahoma CattleWomen, Inc. with industry events.
Oklahoma CattleWomen, Inc. is a volunteer organization that focuses on beef promotion and youth development within the beef industry.
Becca Lasich is president of Oklahoma CattleWomen.