Everyone has that one power outfit that gives them the confidence to accomplish anything, but there’s a certain green blazer that changes a young person’s life forever. This, the uniform of the board of directors for the National Junior Angus Association, is one that many Angus youth dream about.
This is no exception for Kesley Vejraska of Washington, who was elected to the board in 2019 at the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Louisville, Kentucky. Vejraska wasn’t even old enough to show when she saw her first green coat while attending the 2009 NJAS with her grandmother. “It was eye-opening to see how much juniors benefit from the work the board of directors do,” said Vejraska.
Fellow board member Dylan Denny of Texas shares Vejraska’s passion for the Angus breed and its youth. “Growing up around the green coats and seeing their impact on the juniors it was always a goal of mine to serve,” said Denny. This goal came to fruition at the 2018 NJAS when Denny was elected.
Both Vejraska and Denny agree that this goal is attainable for all Angus youth through hard work and a willingness to try new things. “There’s no growth in the comfort zone and no comfort in the growth zone,” says Vejraska.
“Don’t be afraid to meet new people, a lot of times a simple friendship blossoms into something more like family,” said Denny. The next generation of board members are in good hands with these individuals to look up to.