On Saturday morning, Juniors, delegates, and guests gathered at the annual Junior breakfast at the 153rd National Grange session.
National Junior Grange Director Samantha Wilkins said, “It has been quite a year for our Juniors, and we have seen some tremendous growth in the program.” She presented the Ag Awareness Awards to several recipients for their work on the “Dairy Awareness” program. Brianna Gervais (Connecticut) was presented The Junior Historian Award, which is given to a “Junior Granger who has gone above and beyond to prove that they demonstrate a superior knowledge of the Junior Grange and Grange History.”
Other awards for various projects and contests were given to Junior Grangers from across the country. Nathan Greer, Best in Show winner for Public Speaking, and Brianna Greer, Best in Show winner for Sign-a-Song, both presented their talents.
Billy Greer, 2018-2019 National Junior Ambassador, gave his outgoing remarks. “I’m looking forward to making the transition to the youth department,” Greer said, “Thank you for the support you’ve given me this year. I’ve grown a lot and am looking forward to continuing to grow.”
Wilkins then introduced to 2019-2020 Ambassador class, made up of participants from Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. “When I received these applications, I was so happy I didn’t have to make the decision for next year’s Ambassadors,” Wilkins said, “These are all incredible candidates. I’m looking forward to seeing all of these Juniors grow and to continue being a part of their Grange journey.”
The 2019-2020 National Junior Grange Ambassadors are Brianna Gervais (CT) and Bryce Danko (PA). Gervais and Danko will be representing the National Junior Department throughout the coming year.
“They are going to be fantastic spokespeople for this department, and I’m looking forward to working with them both.” The Junior Ambassadors can be available for Grange events by contacting Samantha Wilkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.