Tennessee Cattlemen's Association Presents Outstanding Youth Award
The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) presented the Outstanding Youth Award to two individuals for their outstanding leadership and commitment to the beef cattle industry. These awards were presented at the Alltech/Kubota Youth Awards Banquet during the 35th Annual Tennessee Cattlemen’s Convention and Trade Show in Murfreesboro on Jan. 10.
The TCA Outstanding Youth Award is designed to recognize a well-rounded individual in the cattle industry. Winners are selected based upon their presence in the cattle industry, both the show ring and production aspect, their involvement in their community and service to others, academics, and their plans for making a contribution to the cattle industry in the future.
“The TCA Outstanding Youth Award is another way for us to recognize youth who are excelling in the beef cattle industry,” said Luke Teeple, TCA Board of Director. “These individuals work hard to manage their own cattle herds, are active in 4-H and FFA, and serve in their community. They deserve to be recognized for their extraordinary efforts.”
Mason Collins from Marshall County, Tennessee won the junior division award, ages 12-16. The senior award winner, ages 17-21, was Murray Perkins from Henry County, Tennessee.
The junior division winner received a $100 cash award and trophy belt buckle. The senior division winner received a $1,000 educational scholarship and trophy belt buckle.
“I would like to thank God for giving me the opportunity to do something I am so passionate about and also putting the people in my life so that I could succeed, including my family, friends and role models,” said Mason Collins, junior division winner. “I would like to thank the Cattlemen’s Association for selecting me for this prestigious award. It’s truly an honor to receive the Outstanding Youth Award. I plan to continue to strive for not only my success but also the ones around me.”
Those eligible for the award must complete an application that outlines their involvement in the cattle industry thus far and state how they plan to stay involved in the industry in the future and list their leadership roles and community involvement. The application must be endorsed by their Extension Agent, Agriculture Education Teacher, or county Cattlemen’s Association president. Applicants must also be a paid member of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Youth Association.
“I am grateful to have been raised in the cattle industry and for the significant role the cattle industry continues to have in my life. To me, this award demonstrates that hard work, being kind to others, and commitment pays off. I’m honored to be chosen by TCA as the senior recipient of the Outstanding Youth Award,” said Murray Perkins, senior division winner. “Thank you to the sponsors of this award, and to the many people who have supported and encouraged me in the cattle industry.”
Applications for the 2020 TCA Outstanding Youth Award will be available in the fall of 2020.
For more information visit www.tncattle.org, email email@example.com or call (615) 896-2333. Be sure to follow the TCA on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/tncattle, Instagram, and Twitter accounts: @TennesseeCattle.
TCA was founded in 1985 and has more than 7,000 members from across the state and the southeast. The organization works to provide the cattlemen of Tennessee with an organization through which they may function collectively to protect their interests and work toward the solution of cattle industry problems and to build the necessary goodwill that will bring both governmental esteem and recognition to the industry.