Eagle Point teen in national competition

{gallery}/08_17_10/camrie{/gallery}  Co-chair Ore. Beef AmbassadorCamrie Claassen, of Eagle Point, has been selected as the 2010 Oregon Beef Ambassador.  Miss Claassen, the daughter of Buddy Acup and Kristy Longbrake, will represent Oregon at the National Beef Ambassador Competition in Rapid City, South Dakota, in October.  The 3-day competition will test state representatives on youth presentation consumer promotion, media interview and issue response.  Five contestants will be selected as the National Beef Ambassador.

The National Beef Ambassadors will travel across the United States, representing the American National CattleWomen (ANCW) and the beef industry.  The five ambassadors will attend the annual convention summer conference of the ANCW and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the NCBA Spring Conference.  Their duties will also include national promotions, Web communications, writing assignments, interviews and in-state assignments.

Claassen was nominated to represent Oregon by the Oregon CattleWomen.  The requirement to become an ambassador includes a high knowledge of beef, as well as proficient public speaking and communications skills.  Contestants must be between the ages of 15-20.

Claassen is currently a senior in high school.  She is a member of the Jackson County CattleWomen, Butte Creek 4-H Sheep Club, and Butte Basin Beef Club where she has been president for the past 2 years.  She is also a member of the Junior 4-H livestock committee.  At the 2010 Jackson County Fair, she was presented with the Floyd Charley Peacemaker Award for outstanding citizenship.  Miss Claassen has a small herd of shorthorn cattle.  She has shown her cattle throughout the state as well as the Jackson County Fair.  In addition to Miss Claassen’s agricultural interests, she plays lead acoustic guitar at the Celebrate Jesus Church where she is an active member.

Claassen says she is proud to represent the Oregon beef industry at the National Competition to tell the beef production story and how it relates to the consumer in a positive light.


By Norma Kuyper

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