The Indiana Boer Goat Classic Youth Ambassadors are composed of youth members, ages 14-21, who are the face of our organization during each show season.
2018 Youth Ambassadors
Rachel Hankes 17 from Cropsey IL has been involved in the Boer Goat industry for 10 years. Rachel has a passion for goats and looks forward to the opportunity to give back to a group that has driven her passion for showing goats and given her opportunities that seemed unimaginable. She looks forward to being able to pass her passion for goats onto younger members of the Indiana Boer Goat Classic. Rachel is currently a junior at the Prairie Central High School. After graduating, she plans pursue a degree in Agricultural Business. Rachel is very active in her FFA Chapter competing in many CDE's on a state and national level such as Dairy Products, Livestock Judging, Vet Science, and Ag Communications.
Dylan Idlewine, Elwood IN, I'm 14. I've been showing in the I.B.G.C. series since 2011. I attend Tipton Middle School. I've been in 4-H for 6 years. I enjoy hunting, fishing, and working on the family farm.
Caitlin Walls, 16 from Hardinsburg, IN, is new to showing boer goats. She is excited for the opportunity to serve as a Youth Ambassador so she can learn more about the industry and raising boer goats. Caitlin also knows how valuable it will be to meet other producers from around the state. She is active in the Lucky Stars 4-H club and Orleans FFA.
Megan Nowling, 18, is a senior at North Daviess Jr/Sr High School. She lives on a farm in Plainville, Indiana. She raises swine, beef cattle, and goats both dairy and meat. Megan is president of her FFA chapter and her county's 4-H goat club. In FFA she participates in many judging competitions, both state and national convention, community service projects and Summer Agriculture Experience programs. She plans to attend Purdue University in the fall to major in animal science. Megan is very excited to give back to the Boer goat industry since it has given so much to her over the last 9 years.
Crown Point, IN
Josephine Gianni 18 from Crown Point Indiana is a ten year member of Lake County Indiana 4-H program. She was a ten year participant in the Boer goat project, horse and pony, dairy and swine projects. She was a 10 year member of the Horse & Pony Judging, Dairy Judging, Poultry Judging, Horse Bowl and Hippology Teams. She is an alumni of the Indiana 4-H youth dairy academy and a four time county 4-H ambassador. She represented Indiana at Eastern National 4-H Horse & Pony Round Up, National 4-H Congress, National Dairy Expo, and National Poultry Judging contest. She will be attending Kansas State University in the fall to complete a Grain Science degree. She has a small number of show goats on her family's farm. She also plans to continue raising goats through her collage carrier. She is excited to be on this year's Indiana Boer Goat Classic ambassador board.
I am 15 years old and from Jay County, Indiana. I have shown through 4-H for the past 7 years and have shown Boer goats for the last 5. I raise breeding stock and have shown all across the United States. I participate in livestock judging through my local FFA. I am excited to be a 2018 Ambassador and can't wait to meet new people!
I’m from Hendricks county, I live in Lizton, Indiana. I am a freshman in high school. This is my 7th year in 4-h but I’ve been involved in the industry since I was little. My family and I raise market wethers and market does. I show at state and national level. I help out with the goat meetings at the fair and have helped out at some clinics too. As an ambassador I want to help the youth gain more knowledge about the industry and help them gain more knowledge about showmanship. I also want to help promote the boer goat industry.
Jeremiah Geise, 15, from Rush County has been involved with the Boer Goat industry for 3 years. He attends Rushville Consolidated High School. He currently raises 60 head of commercial and registered Boer Goats. He is a member of the Posey Pride 4-H Club for 7 years, showing sheep and goats at the Rush County 4-H show. Through the Rushville FFA Chapter he has done Career Development Events such as, Livestock Judging, Parliamentary Procedure, Soils Judging, Crops Judging, and Animal Science Skill-a-thon. He currently serves as the Rushville FFA Chapter Greenhand Treasure, Freshman Class President, 4-H Jr. Leaders Leadership Team Member, and Posey Pride 4-H Club’s Treasurer. He is excited to use this opportunity as an IBGC Youth Ambassador to help promote the Boer Goat industry, and encourage others to join the industry.
IBGC InternRachel Hankes
"Rachel Hankes 18 from Cropsey IL has been involved in the Boer Goat industry for 11 years. Rachel has a passion for goats and looks forward to the opportunity to give back to a group that has driven her passion for showing goats. She looks forward to being able to pass her passion for goats onto younger members of the Indiana Boer Goat Classic. Rachel just recently graduated from Prairie Central High School. In the fall, she plans pursue a degree in Agricultural Production degree from Joliet Junior College. Rachel is very active in her FFA Chapter competing in many CDE’s on a state and national level such as Dairy Products, Meats Evaluation, Livestock Judging, Vet Science, Public Speaking, and Ag Communications."
IBGC Youth Ambassador Program
The Indiana Boer Goat Classic is proud to promote our youth program designed to get youth excited and involved in our show circuit and the Boer goat industry. The Indiana Boer Goat Classic Youth Ambassadors will be the face of the organization throughout the year and will have the opportunity to plan and organize activities for fellow youth in the industry, bring awareness and education across the state to all youth, enhance individual leadership, communication and teamwork skills and engage in educational opportunities to further their experience in the industry.
Youth Ambassadors will be selected to serve based on their applications and members must complete the application process each year. Members chosen to represent the IBGC as Youth Ambassadors are expected to maintain a positive attitude, sportsmanship-like conduct and professional demeanor at all Boer goat industry events at the local, state and National level.
Up to eight youth – one per region plus at-large – will be selected. If no qualified applicant applies within a region, the executive committee reserves the right to select an additional at-large representative. IBGC Youth members residing outside of Indiana may apply for an at-large position.
Regions are defined as follows:
- Northwest – Lake, Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph, Newton, Jasper, Starke, Marshall, Pulaski, Fulton, Benton, White, Cass, Carroll, Warren, Vermillion, Parke, Putnam, Hendricks, Boone, Clinton, Montgomery, Tippecanoe
- Southwest – Posey, Vanderburgh, Warrick, Spencer, Perry, Gibson, Dubois, Crawford, Knox, Pike, Daviess, Martin, Orange, Greene, Vigo, Clay, Owen, Morgan, Sullivan, Monroe, Lawrence
- Northeast – Elkhart, Lagrange, Steuben, Kosciusko, Noble, Dekalb, Allen, Whitley, Miami, Wabash, Huntington, Wells, Adams, Grant, Blackford, Tipton, Hamilton, Howard, Jay, Madison, Deleware, Randolph
- Southeast – Harrison, Floyd, Washington, Clark, Scott, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Ripley, Dearborn, Ohio, Switzerland, Brown, Bartholomew, Decatur, Franklin, Johnson, Shelby, Rush, Wayne, Fayette, Union, Marion, Hancock, Henry
The Youth Ambassador Program includes officer positions to allow for accountability and leadership opportunities. The officer team will consist of: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.
- President - Shall be the presiding officer of the Youth Ambassadors during meetings and official business of the group.
- Vice President/Treasurer – Shall assist the president and fill in, in the absence of the President. Shall work with the executive committee Treasurer to keep an accurate record of the Youth account.
- Secretary / Events Coordinator - Shall give notice of meeting to all Ambassadors and keep accurate minutes of all meetings. Events Coordinator is responsible for keeping accurate and updated information on all events and fundraisers done within the youth ambassador program
- January 1st to December 31st
- Age 14-21 as of January 1st, 2019
- Complete the Indiana Boer Goat Classic Youth Ambassador Application
- Display enthusiasm for the Indiana Boer Goat industry
- Comfortable with public speaking or eagerness to further develop speaking skills
- Demonstrated ability to lead and impact other youth
- Willingness to have personal growth and work as a team
Selection of IBGC Youth Ambassadors
Selection of Indiana Boer Goat Classic Youth Ambassadors will be based on the Application Rating Rubric that is completed by 5 impartial judges. The youth director will be responsible for compiling applications, summarizations and announcing youth selected to serve.
How to Apply
Interested IBGC Youth Members should complete the Youth Ambassador Application and return to the IBGC Youth and Education Coordinator on or before December 1st. Questions regarding the program or application process should be directed to the Youth and Education Coordinator.