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These junior Angus members represented Washington at the 2015 Leaders Engaged in Angus Development Conference, Aug. 6-9 in Seattle. Pictured, front row from left, are Tarisa Toth, Anacortes; Alyx Hanson, Elk; Tatiana Taylor, Goldendale; Andrew Toth, Anacortes; Will Gannon, Goldendale; and Kelsey Vejraska, Omak. Back row from left are Garrett Hanson and Ashley Hanson, both of Elk; Amanda Toth, Anacortes; Katie Emerson, Grand Coulee; Olivia Hanson and Callie Hanson, both of Newport; Shelby Burrus, Tacoma; and Cassandra Garcia, Renton. A total of 136 juniors from 29 states and Canada attended the conference, "Success in Seattle," where they enhanced leadership and interpersonal skills while learning more about the beef industry. - Photo by Carrie Horsley, American Angus Association.

A Grand Coulee teen attended a four-day national conference on Angus cattle in Seattle Aug. 6-9.

The annual Leaders Engaged in Angus Development event brings together National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members from across the nation to learn about leadership development, agriculture and what life is like in other parts of the country.

Among the 110 members attending the event for 14- to 21-year-olds was Katie Emerson, of Grand Coulee.

The event exposes youth to varied aspects of agriculture. They saw a shellfish farm and a distillery operation on a 25,000-tree, family-owned orchard, among other sights.

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