Payton Alexander, a seventh grader at Glen Rose Junior High School, has earned the National Junior Angus Association’s Silver Award.

The achievement was announced this week by Jaclyn Upperman, the education and events director of the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

Alexander had also recently earned the NJAA’s bronze award, which is the first level of the NJAA Recognition Program. Junior Angus breeders must apply for the award, then meet point requirements in multiple categories. The NJAA award applicants are evaluated on their “junior Angus leadership and activities, showmanship, contests and shows using performance testing to improve their herd and their progress in producing and merchandising Angus cattle,” according to a news release.

Alexander, 13, is the daughter of Michael and Margaret Alexander of Nemo. She has participated in local, state and national youth stock shows. She has won numerous grand champion and reserve champion titles showing heifers and steers locally and in shows around the state.

Alexander is a member of the Texas Junior Angus Association, and has served a director.

She is scheduled to receive a lapel pin designating her Sliver Award this June at the state awards banquet. The highest level in the NJAA awards system, the Gold Award, can potentially be earned by qualified applicants when they are seniors in high school.

Last summer at age 12, Alexander was part of a team from Texas that won the national championship in the Junior Sales Talk Division in the competition held in Louisville, Kentucky. The Junior Division is for entrants ages 8-13.

At the National Junior Angus Show, Alexander participated in the photography and poster contests, and the All-American Certified Angus Beef Cook-Off.

The NJAA serves to promotes the involvement of youths in raising Angus cattle, while also providing opportunities in leadership and self-development for almost 6,000 members across the country. The NJAA’s Recognition Program started in 1972.