Crisp, white collared shirts paired with starched black jeans and boots filled the arena, but only one showman prevailed. An entire show career of preparation and tenacity came down to one moment. The emcee waited in suspense, then announced the winner of the 2022 National Junior Angus Showmanship Contest — Paige Lemenager, Illinois.

Kristopher Kosal, Deckerville, represented Michigan at the 2022 National Junior Angus Showmanship Contest, held in conjunction with the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 7-9 in Kansas City, Mo. Forty-two youth from across the country competed for top honors in the 56th annual event. Photo by Pearl’s Pics.