Sure Champ® recently announced its first-ever Sure Champ Leadership Team. Out of the nine juniors recognized, two American Junior Simmental Association (AJSA) members were specifically selected by Sure Champ to represent the Simmental breed: Emerson Tarr, LeRoy, IL, and Hannah Tremaine, Oconomowoc, WI.
Five additional AJSA members were selected as a part of the leadership team to represent different breeds: Mattison Beattie, Sumner, NE; Raymond Beneker, Hamilton, OH; Skye Schumaker, Heyworth, IL; Shea Whaley, Eagle Grove, IA; and Chesney Effling, Highmore, SD.
Rounding out the leadership group are two other beef-industry youth: Jolene Ebersole, Kellerton, IA; and Lauren McMillan, Tiskilwa, IL.
Emerson Tarr is a junior in high school who is an active member of Illinois and American Junior Simmental Associations. She is involved in leadership roles in her local FFA chapter, the Illinois Junior Simmental Association, is the team captain for her cross country and track teams, and is presently serving as a FCA huddle leader for her basketball team. She hopes to attend a junior college in Illinois to be on a livestock judging team; then attend an out-of-state university to major in agricultural communications and marketing. Ultimately, she would like to work in a career that allows her to travel and work with youth.
Hannah Tremaine is no stranger to the livestock industry, having grown up in the Angus business; however, she joined the American Junior Simmental Association three years ago, and said it “feels like family.” Although she has attended several Simmental shows, she is excited to meet more people, learn more about the breed, and expand her leadership skills. She attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison and majors in communication sciences disorders with the goal of becoming a speech and language pathologist.