Angus Auxiliary History

Auxiliary History Celebration 2017

During the past 50 years, the purpose of the Michigan Angus Auxiliary has never changed. We continue to assist Michigan Angus Breeders and our Angus youth in educational and promotional activities, sponsor the Miss Michigan Angus Contest, provide scholarships for graduating seniors, assist with the annual banquet and Preview Show, provide hospitality for various activities, sponsor the junior showmanship contest at the Preview Show, award certificates of achievement to outstanding juniors, as well as support the American Angus Auxiliary programs and activities.

In 2016 Kollin Johnson was presented the Michigan Auxiliary Scholarship award at the Michigan Angus Preview Show at MSU. Kollin went on to be selected as the American Angus Auxiliary scholarship second place winner in the boy’s division. Each year, we are excited to award American Angus Auxiliary Certificates of Achievement to outstanding Michigan juniors who have achieved major accomplishments at the state, regional, and national levels. The certificates are presented at our annual awards banquet. In 2015 certificates of achievement were presented to twenty junior members and in 2016, 18 junior members were awarded certificates at our annual meeting.

The first Michigan Angus Queen was crowned on July 30, 1967. Since that time 48 other young women have represented Michigan Angus breeders in this capacity. In 2015 Amanda Kosal was named Miss Michigan Angus and Kavina Johnson represented us as the Michigan Angus Ambassadors. Amanda is the daughter of Jeremy and Michelle Kosal of Deckerville, and Kavina is the daughter of Kevin and Heidi Johnson of Quincy. Ricka Boehmer crowned Kavina Johnson at the annual meeting in March 2016. Kavina will serve as Miss Michigan Angus for 2016.
Since 1967 the Michigan Angus Auxiliary has sponsored a total of 85 Michigan juniors who have participated in the National Showmanship Contest. In 2015, Rachel Reid represented Michigan in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Rachel is the daughter of Chuck and Linda Reid of Eaton Rapids. In 2016, Kollin Johnson and Alexandria Schut represented Michigan in Grand Island, Nebraska. Kollin is the son of Kevin and Heidi Johnson of Quincy and Alexandria is the daughter of John and Kara Schut of Belding.

Over the years, many women have given numerous hours of their time to the Auxiliary serving as officers, committee members and chairpersons, as well as helping out wherever needed. Several members have also been active in the American Angus Auxiliary, serving on various committees and as officers. Patti Rae, Lois Foster, and Nancy Thelen served as president of the American Angus Auxiliary in 1981, 1990, and 2008 respectively. Michigan has had the privilege of hosting the national auxiliary luncheons in 1968, 1981, 1990, and 2008.
A heartfelt thank you is extended to everyone who has helped the Michigan Angus Auxiliary achieve its mission over the past 50 years. We look forward to working with Michigan Angus enthusiasts as we continue to embrace the tradition!


Each year, Michigan Junior Angus members, who are seniors in high school, are invited to apply for the Michigan Angus Auxiliary Scholarship. The forms and directions are available to download from the American Angus Auxiliary website. Get the application & directions here. A panel of judges will review the applications. One boy’s and one girl’s applications will be forwarded to the American Angus Auxiliary Chair for consideration. The winners of the Michigan Angus Auxiliary Scholarship(s) and the Katy Maxey Memorial Scholarship will be announced at the summer show each year. If you have questions, please contact Kendra Diekevers at

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