Pierson elected to national board, named All-American

Tyler Pierson was recently elected as a director of the American Junior Shorthorn Association. (Photo by Cindy Cagwin-Johnson)

Tyler Pierson has been elected a director of the American Junior Shorthorn Association (AJSA) while attending the Junior National Shorthorn Show. The Junior National was held June 24-29 in Des Moines, Iowa. Pierson will serve a three-year term and join eight other Shorthorn enthusiasts that will direct the activities of the AJSA.
Pierson was also selected by the panel of judges as the Unanimous Selection All-American Junior Breeder and received $1,750. Each year, the Unanimous Selection will have his/her name engraved on a plaque that hangs in the American Shorthorn Association office located in Omaha, Neb.
The All-American Junior Breeder program is designed to reward young Shorthorn breeders for their general knowledge of Shorthorn cattle. The end goal is to engage young cattle producers in Shorthorns with the hope that they stay in the breed long after their junior days are over. Winners each year receive funds that can be used to purchase purebred Shorthorn females or bulls to expand their herd.
In addition, Pierson placed first in the Extemporaneous Speech contest and was a member of the champion Quiz Bowl team from Minnesota.
Pierson is the son of Tom and Sherri Pierson of Watertown and will be a freshman at South Dakota State majoring in Animal Science.