Junior Board

PW090817 6461Sydney Zehnder

Sydney Zehnder from Stanchfield, Minnesota is the daughter of Chad and Cameo Zehnder. She lives on a cow/calf Red Angus and Charolais operation with her parents and younger sister, Natalia.  She is currently a sophomore at Iowa State University majoring in Agricultural Communications. Her favorite part of NAJRAE is working with the littles, meeting new people, and seeing familiar faces year after year! 

Best advice: "You did not wake up today to be mediocre."

What always makes you laugh: The things little kids, especially my younger sister, come up with and say. 

Favorite food: Coffee Ice Cream

PW090817 6500Megan Muller
Vice President

Megan Muller is from Allen, Nebraska. She is the daughter of Mark and Anita Muller. She is currently a sophomore at South Dakota State University studying Agricultural Business. When she is not in school she enjoys being on her family farm and spending time with family. 

Best advice: "If you can't say something nice, don't say it at all."

What makes me laugh: Spending time with my friends

Favorite food: Ice Cream

PW090817 6494Kylie Roberts 
Communications Director

Kylie Roberts, from Elizabeth, Colorado, is the daughter of Forrest and Janet Roberts. She is currently a freshman at Colorado State University, majoring in Animal Science and minoring in Chemistry as well as Biomedical Sciences. When not in school, she enjoys drawing and spending time with her cattle.

Best advice: "You were made to do hard things, so believe in yourself."

What makes me laugh: The things little kids come up with and say, I love working with the peewees and littles!

Favorite food: Chicken Fried Steak 

PW090817 6483Kjersta Lind
Leadership Director

Kjersta Lind is from Rushford, Minnesota, and is the daughter of Doug and Becky Lind. Kjersta is a freshman at Winona State University. She is double majoring in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education, as well as minoring in coaching! She cannot wait to see everyone in Hutchinson, Kansas!

Best advice: "Live your life like everyday is your last. You never know what may happen, so might as well have fun while you can!"

What always makes me laugh: Funny videos of animals and kids!

Favorite food: Pizza, duh!

PW090817 6400Jacob Tapley
At-Large Board Member

Jacob Tapley from Greenbrier, Arkansas, is the son of Justin and Karey Tapley. He is currently a student at Southern Arkansas University studying Agriculture Education with hopes of one day becoming an ag teacher. When not at school he enjoys working at home on his family’s cow/calf operation.

Best advice: "If your gonna take the time to do something be good at it and do it right the first time."

What makes me laugh: I laugh a lot so anything even remotely funny

Favorite food: Steak and Potatoes

PW090817 6432Owen Tolar
At-Large Board Member

Owen Tolar is from Taylorsville, Mississippi and is the son of Tony and Edie Tolar. He lives on a registered Red Angus and Angus seedstock operation, along with a commercial herd, where he helps his dad with managing a ranch of about 400 head of breeding cattle. He is a senior in high school and has been home-schooled since the fifth grade. He plans to attend Jones County Junior College and then go onto Mississippi State University to pursue a degree in Ag Business. 

Best advice: “But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19

What makes me laugh: A good Chuck Norris joke

Favorite food: A medium rare, bone-in ribeye

PW090817 6456Autum Hellerud
At-Large Board Member

Autum Hellerud, from Brownell, Kansas,  is the daughter of Steve and Cynthia Maier. She is currently a junior at Kansas State University studying Ag Business. When she has time away from school, she continues to help out with her family's cattle operation. Autum hopes to study abroad in Ireland next fall!

Best advice: "Life is too short. Don't think, just do."

What makes me laugh: My friends and funny videos on the internet

Favorite food: Mac and Cheese

PW090817 6389August Bertz
At-Large Board Member

 August Bertz, from Mayview, Missouri, is the son of Harold and Melisa Bertz. He is currently a senior at Lafayette County C-1 High School. After graduating he plans to attend Frank Phillips College in Borger, Texas and major in Animal Science. He enjoys the outdoors and working with cattle, as well as traveling all over the United States and exhibiting cattle and meeting new people.

Best advice: “Put your head down and work hard and be the best that you can be, never wait for things to happen, make them happen for yourself through hard work!”

What makes me laugh: Funny jokes

Favorite food: Macaroni and Cheese


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Mia Bayer, Wisconsin

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Anne Kimmey, Texas

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Darla Rogers, Oklahoma