Sally Yon, a freshman majoring in agricultural education, was crowned “Miss American Angus” at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, KY last week.
The annual Miss American Angus contest is sponsored by the American Angus Auxiliary and provides a member of the National Junior Angus Association an opportunity to promote the breed both inside and outside of the show ring. As an Angus ambassador, Miss American Angus assists with shows, educational events, field days and additional activities to educate others about the breed and the benefits of Angus beef.
Each year, five young women are chosen as candidates for the position through the Auxiliary’s scholarship program. Each completes a written test, delivers a prepared speech, completes an interview and answers impromptu questions from a panel of judges.
Sally’s home is with her parents Kevin and Lydia and brothers Drake and Corbin at Yon Family Farms near Ridge Spring, South Carolina. The Yon family raises approximately 800 head of Angus cattle and 300 acres of crops. Last year the Yon’s received the National Environmental Stewardship Award for their commitment to conserving natural resources. The award was presented by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation at the 2009 Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.
Both Kevin and Lydia Yon are graduates of Clemson University with degrees in animal science. Sally works part-time in the Office of the Dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences.