2017 American Royal Livestock Show Media Interns Announced

October 6, 2017

The American Royal is excited to offer four undergraduate college students the opportunity to serve as the 2017 American Royal Livestock Show Media Interns. During their internship, they will host a range of responsibilities from writing human interest stories, contributing to the American Royal blog and managing American Royal Livestock social media platforms to shooting candid photos and assisting breed associations with recording show results.

The 2017 American Royal Livestock Show Media Internship applicant pool included more than 45 talented students from more than 22 different colleges/ universities across the U.S. The 2017 Livestock Show Media Interns include:

Aubree Beenken – Iowa State University







Born and raised in northeast Iowa, I grew up raising and showing Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle with my family. The experiences I had and the lesson I learned on the farm and through the showring instilled in me a passion for agriculture. Ultimately, leading me to Iowa State University where I am a junior this fall majoring in animal science and agriculture and society. Upon receiving my bachelors, I plan to earn my master’s in the same field with the desire to educate and share with others the importance of agriculture.

Kendra Davis – South Dakota State University









My name is Kendra Davis and I was born in Glenville, a small town in Southern M.N. I grew up on a cow/calf operation where my family and I raise crossbred and purebred Shorthorn cattle – aiming to improve our herd both on a genotypic and phenotypic basis. My sister and I have also shown cattle on the local, state, and national levels. I have been involved with agriculture my whole life, and have a huge passion for the industry.

I am currently a Senior at South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D. I am majoring in Agricultural Communications. By the time I have completed my degrees, I will also have minors in Animal Science, Advertising, and Journalism.

In addition to my inborn fondness for farming, I am also passionate about the journalism and print industry as well as spreading the word of agriculture. I believe that it is very important for agriculturalists to display what they do to the public and one of the most efficient ways to get this information to them is through print and social media.

I have had experience with communications in the agriculture industry working for the National Western Stock Show as one of the 2017 media interns, the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, the South Dakota Prime Time Gala, the AK-SAR-BEN Stock Show and Hormel Foods. These experiences have not only allowed me to broaden my skill set, but they have also helped me to realize how strong my passions for agriculture and communications truly are.

Olivia Loges – Missouri State University









Growing up on a small family farm in Sweet Springs, Missouri, I have always been involved in the agricultural industry, primarily through showing pigs and cattle in 4-H and FFA. My strong ties to agriculture and the livestock industry sparked my passion, and led me to pursue a career in agriculture. I am a junior agricultural communications major at Missouri State University, and plan to graduate in May of 2019. Upon graduation, I hope to pursue a master’s degree in agricultural communications with an emphasis in agricultural advocacy and law.

Taylor Belle Matheny – Kansas State University









I grew up in May’s Lick, Kentucky raising and showing Hereford cattle. I am a fifth generation Hereford breeder and have been involved in my family’s livestock operation for the last 17 years. My passion for the livestock industry led me to Kansas State University where I am a junior majoring in Agricultural Communications and Journalism as well as Animal Sciences. I am currently serving on the National Junior Hereford Association Board of Directors representing the northeast region. I had the honor of serving the Hereford breed as the National Hereford Queen in 2015-2016. As a student at Kansas State I am a member of Block and Bridle, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and serve as an Ag Ambassador. The ability to combine my passion for livestock and communications excites me about the opportunity to be a media intern at the American Royal.


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