Lawrence ’20 Elected to National Board
Montana Lawrence '20, Princeton, was elected to the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) board of directors. As a NJHA board member, Lawrence will travel on behalf of the program to meet fellow members and share her experiences and thoughts of her involvement in Hereford.
Connections & Confidence
Lawrence was attracted to the NJHA because it offered her not only a chance to be part of an industry that her family was involved in for over 60 years, but also an opportunity to get involved in the political process on a different level. In addition to getting first-hand experience in agricultural policy, the program asks directors to develop and implement programs and events that serve junior Hereford members across the nation.
"As a board member, my biggest goal is to see the membership making connections and see young people getting the most out of the association that they can."
Lawrence says her classes at UMN Morris helped her gain an advantage over her peers. As a political science major, she gained insight on campaigning and built up a background to prepare for this position. More than anything, Lawrence credits the UMN Morris experience with helping her build confidence in expressing herself, allowing her to put herself out there for this program.
"Morris has just given me the opportunities to meet so many different people from different places with so many different viewpoints and being here has given me the opportunity to express myself and understand people better than I ever have before."
The Road Ahead
Though not clear on what her future may hold, Lawrence expresses interest in attending law school after UMN Morris and potentially holding political office. By being a part of the NJHA, she'll get a peek inside what being involved in agricultural policy and politics may look like.
"When I envisioned my life, this wasn't the plan," she says. "But I think it's a perfect position to show me what I want to do and where I want to go in the future."
The National Junior Hereford Association is one of the largest junior cattle programs in the country that aims to create educational programs to lay the foundation for the beef industry's future leaders. It is governed by 12-member board of directors who act as ambassadors for Hereford.
To learn more, visit hereford.org/youth/njha.
Photo by Clair Marjorie Photography