Holstein Youth Excel During 2017 National Junior Holstein Convention Competitions

Holstein Youth Excel During 2017 National Junior Holstein Convention Competitions

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., July 5, 2017- Holstein Association USA recognized Junior members in Bellevue, Wash. for their participation in a variety of activities during the 2017 National Holstein Convention. Over 400 Holstein Junior members competed in contests and participated in various other activities. All contests are designed to help youth develop skills that will benefit them in future endeavors, and showcases their talents on a national stage.

Prepared Public Speaking
Broken into three age divisions, 52 youth participated in the prepared public speaking competition. Following are the results from each division.

Junior Division (ages 9 through 13 years)
1st place: Julia Heijkoop, Florida

2nd place: Shelby Sumner, Florida
3rd place: Clancey Krahn, Oregon

Intermediate Division (ages 14 through 17 years)
1st place: Brianna Meyer, Wisconsin
2nd place: Danielle Herrick, New York
3rd place: Gracelyn Krahn, Oregon

Senior Division (ages 18 through 21 years)
1st place: Lora Wright, Missouri
2nd place: Brock Irwin, Illinois
3rd place: Ariel Staffin, New Jersey

Folding Display Contest
Forty entries were submitted in this year’s Folding Display competition. Participants create a free-standing display educating people about a dairy industry-related topic of their choice. Youth are divided into three age divisions, and each division has two categories – Scientific and Creative. Junior Holstein members are not required to attend the National Convention to enter a display and compete in this contest. Following are the results for each category.

Creative Division – Junior
1st place: Danica Rupard, Washington
2nd place: Sarah Craun, Virginia
3rd place: Jenna Larson, Florida

Scientific Division – Junior
1st place: Makenna Mase, Pennsylvania
2nd place: Rachel Craun, Virginia
3rd place: Shelby Sumner, Florida

Creative Division – Intermediate
1st place: Mycai Brooks, North Carolina
2nd place: Anna Teachman, Washington
3rd place: Molly O’Sullivan, New Jersey

Scientific Division – Intermediate
1st place: Cole Verano, Florida

2nd place: Barlie Schultz, Washington
3rd place: Kara Teachman, Washington

Creative Division – Senior
1st place: Courtney Moser, Wisconsin
2nd place: Nicole Buell, Washington
3rd place: Elizabeth Acel, Pennsylvania

Scientific Division – Senior
1st place: Marcy Bartelheimer, Washington

2nd place: Katelyn Neff, Pennsylvania

State Scrapbook
The state scrapbook contest gives each state the chance to tell the story of activities and events their Junior Holstein associations take part in each year. Eight states submitted traditional scrapbooks this year.

1st place: Illinois
2nd place: Pennsylvania
3rd place: New England
4th place: Iowa
5th place: Washington

Digital State Scrapbook
The Digital Scrapbook division had 11 entries submitted this year. This division is judged on the same criteria as a traditional scrapbook, but entries must be presented on a computer, DVD player, or other digital format.

1st place: Florida
2nd place: New England
3rd place: Ohio
4th place: New York
5th place: Illinois

State Banner
The state banner competition allows states to creatively showcase their state pride, with eight entries submitted this year, displayed throughout the week at the Convention.

1st place: Missouri
2nd place: Michigan
3rd place: Washington

NHWSO Awards Scholarships

The National Holstein Women’s Scholarship Organization (NHWSO) presented scholarships to four deserving Junior Holstein members. Recipients include Kayla Windecker, N.Y., Austin Schmitt, Minn., Jordan Siemers, Wis., and Stephanie McBath, N.Y.

New Representatives Elected to Junior Advisory Committee (JAC)

Three new youth area representatives were elected to the National Junior Advisory Committee (JAC) during the National Junior Forum. These youth members were appointed to the Junior Advisory Committee: Area 1 – Sarah Thomas, N.C.; Area 3 – Danielle Warmka, Wis.; At-large – Zach Schilter, Wash.

The JAC is the governing body of the Junior Association and oversees the organization’s activities. Youth committee members are elected by the Junior membership at the National Junior Forum, and members serve two-year terms.

Penny Wars

Ohio was the winning state in the Penny War contest. Juniors raised $870.31 for the Holstein Foundation.

See the Summer 2017 issue of the Holstein Pulse, and visit our website, www.holsteinusa.com, for more coverage of the 2017 National Holstein Convention.