A young McKinleyville woman has been selected at the 2020 Humboldt County Beef Ambassador, and six of the seven team members who will be working with Alto are from the Eel River Valley.
Hannah Alto, daughter of Kevin and Sara Alto of McKinleyville, was selected during the Humboldt County CattleWomen’s Annual Beef Ambassador contest held on Nov. 16. The annual contest judges contestants on their skills in three categories: media interview, issue response, and consumer promotion. Alto will represent the beef industry at various events over the next year.
Alto is a senior at McKinleyville High School and an active member of the McKinleyville FFA where she competes in livestock showing and public speaking. She is also the 2019-2020 North Coast regional FFA President. Alto has been showing beef cattle since she was eight years old and owns a small herd of registered and commercial cattle. After graduation she is planning to attend Texas A & M and major in Agriculture Business and Agriculture Communications, and her goal is to work in marketing and public relations for an ag company. Alto received a $1,000 scholarship from the Humboldt Del Norte Cattlemen’s and CattleWomen’s Associations and a trophy buckle sponsored by American AgCredit.
First runner-up at the contest was Dominic Regli of Ferndale and a senior at Ferndale High School. He received a $500 scholarship and his goal is to enter the medical field. Second runner-up was another Ferndale High School senior, Brianna Rimmey.Junior Ambassadors selected at the contest were Alexandra Puga of Ferndale, Nathaniel Holmes of Fortuna, Colt Chamberlain of Fortuna, Haidyn Fulton of Eureka, and Sydney Smith of Ferndale.
The runners-up and Junior Ambassadors will work with Humboldt County Beef Ambassador Alto to promote and support the local beef industry.
“I am extremely proud of this group of young people,” said Sarah Mora, chair of the Beef Ambassador contest. “They are a dedicated bunch, passionate about the beef industry and it’s future,” she added. “(and) I am excited to see that they accomplish this next year.”
During the day-long Beef Ambassador contest, the students answered questions regarding fake meat, climate change, animal health, and nutritional benefits of beef. They were judged on their overall knowledge of the beef industry, confidence, and ability to think on their feet.