Eleven young women and men are competing for three positions on the 2021 Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) Youth Leadership Team. The competition will be held Jan. 25 and 26 in Des Moines. Winners will be named at an evening banquet on Jan. 26.
The Youth Leadership Team is designed for those who are passionate about the pork industry. Contestants are seniors in high school or college students up to age 20 at the time of the event. Candidates will be judged on their knowledge about pork and pig production as shown in a speech presentation, personal interview, media interview, experience, and a written test about the topics.
The female contestant with the highest score will automatically be crowned Iowa Pork Queen, and receives a $4,000 scholarship, plaque, crown and sash. Two other applicants will become Premier Pork Youth Ambassadors; they each receive a $4,000 scholarship and plaque. All three will assist with state pork promotional and educational activities throughout 2021.
Contestants, their hometowns and counties are:
|Kiley Allan||Le Mars||Plymouth County|
|Paige Dagel||Sanborn||O’Brien County|
|Reagan Gibson||Panora||Guthrie County|
|Adele Hogan||Monticello||Jones County|
|Eric Keller||Gladbrook||Tama County|
|Brooklyn Kucera||Bryant||Clinton County|
|Leah Marek||Riverside||Washington County|
|Macy Loecke||Manchester||Delaware County|
|Olivia Marek||Riverside||Washington County|
|Zoe Reffitt||Dunlap||Harrison County|
|Emily Wulfekuhle||Earlville||Delaware County|
Current members of the Youth Leadership Team are Abby Bean, Marathon; Caleb Hogan, Monticello; and Alexis Berte, Algona.