On Saturday, December 1, three members of the Sloan-Hendrix Livestock Show team attended the
Arkansas Junior Cattlemen’s Leadership Conference.  The conference was held at the 4-H center in
Ferndale and those attending included Autumn Blasingame, Amanda Holland, and Katie Williams. 
Motivational speaker for the day was Kelly Barnes who was born and raised in rural Oklahoma and
was able to relate to life on the farm.  He encouraged members to seek the best for their lives and to
make good life choices.  He engaged the audience in several ice breakers while making his point about
choices.  Dr. Tom Troxel of the University of Arkansas spoke to members about the reproductive process
of cattle.  To make the presentation as informational as possible, he also dissected the reproductive organs
from two cows.
The annual meeting of the AJCA was also held during this conference.  Officers were elected and adult
advisors and area vice presidents were also selected.  Katie Williams will continue serving as secretary to
the AJCA and Autumn Blasingame will serve as Area IX Vice President.
A catered banquet was held that evening for parents and AJCA members in recognition of their
achievements through the show season.  Deriek Stallings and John Thomison joined the group for the
banquet and awards presentation.  Sloan-Hendrix show team members receiving awards were Autumn
Blasingame – high point Charolais; Amanda Holland – reserve high point Angus; Deriek Stallings – high
point Hereford; John Thomison –  reserve high point Santa Gertrudis; and Katie Williams high point
Brangus and reserve high point Shorthorn Plus.
Following the presentation of awards, guests were treated to an evening of “hypnotic” fun.  A hypnotist
used volunteers from the audience to demonstrate his skills.  The audience had a great time watching the
show.  SH team members who participated were Autumn Blasingame and Amanda Holland.
Show team member Eason Dearen, who was unable to attend the conference, received the high point
Shorthorn and the overall breed award.

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