The NJSA would like to take the opportunity to recognize Lindsay Tasos of Madera, CA as a youth spotlight. Lindsay, 18, the daughter of Marty and Lori Tasos, has a younger brother, Blake. Lindsay attends Madera South High School as a senior and says she looks forward to graduation and pursuing her education at the collegiate level. Lindsay enjoys being an avid member of her local FFA chapter, judging livestock, serving as her senior class representative and being part of the Madera South ASB. When Lindsay is not busy with school, she enjoys raising her Hampshire hogs and exhibiting them at various shows around the country. Lindsay also finds pleasure going to the beach, shopping and being a member of the NJSA & CJLA. Lindsay’s accomplishments reflect her hard work and dedication to her hog projects. Some of her most recent accomplishments include: Grand Champion Market Hog 2011 CA State Fair, Outstanding Swine exhibitor 2011 CA State Fair, Grand Purebred Barrow 2011 NJSA Western Regional, Champion Bred & Owned Hampshire Female 2011 Western Regional, Grand Hog at Madera county fair 5 years running, numerous showmanship wins around the state and reserve showman at the 2011 Southwest Regional. Lindsay says her favorite shows include the Southwest Regional, Western Regional and CA State Fair. Lindsay’s favorite quote is “Winners do things most people won’t.” Lindsay has been showing hogs since she was seven years old and says showing hogs has always been her “thing.” Lindsay can honestly say that if it weren’t for the influence of her father, Marty, she wouldn’t be as successful as she has been. She says she just wouldn’t be the person she is today without him. Lindsay enjoys traveling to different places to show and getting to meet so many lifelong friends. Lindsay would tell younger members of the NJSA that “it’s a life changing organization that offers so many opportunities. Not to mention, NJSA shows are the greatest shows you’ll ever go to!” Lindsay’s most memorable moment in the NJSA was being named the Grand Purebred Barrow at the 2011 NJSA Western Regional that she bred herself! To top it off she won a trailer out of the deal! Lindsay Plans on attending college and pursuing her livestock judging endeavors. Eventually, Lindsay would like to become a large animal veterinarian. For now, Lindsay is enjoying high school, filling out scholarships, and working hard on judging. The NJSA would like to congratulate Lindsay on being selected as a youth spotlight and wish her only the best of luck for her future goals and endeavors!