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Honors and awards

Camrie Claassen of Eagle Point has been selected as the 2010 Oregon Beef Ambassador. Claassen, daughter of Buddy Acup and Kristy Longbrake, represented Oregon at the National Beef Ambassador Competition in Rapid City, S.D., this month. The three-day competition will test state representatives on youth presentation, consumer promotion, media interview and issue response. Five contestants will be selected as National Beef Ambassadors.

Claassen was nominated to represent Oregon by the Oregon Cattle Women. The requirements to become an ambassador include a high knowledge of beef, as well as proficient public speaking and communication skills. Contestants must be between the ages of 15 and 20. Claassen is 17 years old and is a senior in high school.

She is a member of the Jackson County Cattle Women, Butte Basin Beef 4-H Club, where she has been president for the past two years. She also is a member of the Butte Creek Sheep 4-H Club where she serves as the reporter, and is a member of the Junior Livestock Committee, the American Shorthorn Association and the Jackson County Stockman's Association.

At the 2010 Jackson County Fair, Claassen was presented with the Floyd Charley Peacemaker Award for outstanding citizenship. She raises a small herd of shorthorn cattle, and has shown her cattle throughout the state as well as the Jackson County Fair.

In addition to Claassen's agricultural interests, she plays lead acoustic guitar, leads worship, teaches children's church, and is involved with the youths at her church.

She enjoys serving her community, working with youths, baby-sitting and being with friends and family in her free time. She plans to pursue a career as a large animal veterinarian after graduating high school.


Buckley B. Traynham of Eagle Point owns one bull listed in the 2010 Fall Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Mo.

Issued during the spring and fall, the new report features the latest performance information available on 5,871 sires, and is accessible at www.angussiresearch.com.

This report provides both Angus breeders and commercial cattle producers using Angus genetics with accurate, predictable selection tools for improving their herd.


The Ashland Kiwanis Club volunteers each year to read to students at Bellview Elementary School as part of the DEAR program. DEAR is the acronym for Drop Everything and Read.

For the current school year of 2010/11, the time commitment for each volunteer is approximately 30 minutes per week. Students are selected by teachers for this reading program. Each participating child reads to, or is coached by, the volunteer during the reading sessions, and these children also attend reading classes during the school week. This year the Kiwanis reading volunteers include Ron Parker, Pam Parker and Russ Chadick.

Kiwanis also is donating another $500 this year toward the purchase of books for the Bellview library. The check was given to Principal Christine McCollom and Rebecca Gyarmathy, reading specialist, at Bellview School.