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Juniors exercise skills at National Junior Shorthorn Show and Conference

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 10:48 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES — Junior Shorthorn enthusiasts from 24 states competed in the 2013 National Junior Shorthorn Show and Conference in Des Moines during the week of June 24-29.

These juniors not only competed with their animals, but had the opportunity to compete in 13 individual, team or state contests.

Tyler Louden of Creston competed in the promotional poster, arts and crafts and speech contests in the age 9 and younger division.

In the poster contest, Louden earned fifth place. The objective of the contest is to use artistic skills to promote the shorthorn breed of cattle.

The entries are judged based on neatness of construction, clear message, clever verbiage, use of poster space, eye appeal, creativity, promotion of the topic, majority of the work done by individual and overall effectiveness.

In the arts and crafts contest, Louden won fourth place.

The objective of the contest is to use artistic skills including painting, video, sculpture and music to promote the shorthorn breed of cattle. The entries are judged based on craftsmanship, attention to detail, originality and creativity, the promotion of shorthorns, the difficulty of medium used and overall artistic appeal.

In the speech contest, Louden earned second place.

The objective of the contest is to give a prepared or extemporaneous speech based on the topic of shorthorns or the cattle industry.

The speeches are judged based on organization, presentation, language usage, poise and eye contact, time and the quality of answer provided when the judges have the opportunity to ask questions.

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