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GNFA announces 2023 Junior Livestock Ambassadors

by Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenteer

Posted on Jun 07, 2023 at 0:00 AM

Ten new Georgia National Junior Livestock Ambassadors were inducted at the Georgia National Rodeo & Stock Show in February. These high-school students from across the state of Georgia will serve a one-year term showcasing the livestock and equine sector as well as promoting the youth livestock program and the vital role it plays in the mission of the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter.

After reviewing more than 40 applications and interviewing 15 applicants, 10 ambassadors were selected: Amelia Housley from Stephens County; Andrew Carnely from Houston County; Ella Dowd from Houston County; James McNeal from Houston County; John Haven Stalvey from Berrien County; Kory West from Bibb County; Kylianne Brown from Hall County; Lola Talton from Monroe County; Megan Jacobs from Jackson County; and Sydney Coble from Burke County.

The ambassadors will also have the opportunity to plan and execute GNFA events, network and learn from leaders in the field and develop deep connections with their fellow ambassadors.

“Through this program, the ambassadors will gain knowledge about career opportunities available in the agribusiness field and hopefully encourage long time participation in promoting Georgia agriculture,” said GNFA Marketing and Business Development Officer Maggie Lane. “We are taking an active responsibility in helping develop the future leaders of the industry.”

On April 22, the Livestock Ambassadors attended leadership training held at GNFA, where they learned how to become an effective leader, the five levels of leadership, their own personal values, how they fulfill their purpose, and much more. They also learned how integrity is the most important ingredient in leadership and it is not about what is done so much as how it is done.

“These Ambassadors are one of our most valuable assets in their ability to dive deep into their own community of fellow showman promoting GNFA and the importance of why we do what we do here at the fairgrounds,” said GNFA Youth Livestock Community Relationship Manager Blake Segars. “The passion that creates the drive these 10 individuals’ showcase is truly amazing, and with that passion they will develop into the next great leaders of their industry.”

On June 14, the Livestock Ambassadors will meet at GNFA to help with the National Jr. High Rodeo and attend a meeting of the Georgia Agricultural Exposition Authority, where they will see how a board functions, meet members of the authority, and be recognized for their service.

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