Holstein Youth Excel During the 2019 National Junior Holstein Convention Competitions

Holstein Association USA recognized Junior members in Appleton, Wis. for their participation in a variety of activities during the 2019 National Holstein Convention. Over 325 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, 46 youth participated in the prepared public speaking competition. Following are the results from each division.

Junior Division (ages 9-13 as of January 1)
1st place: Abby Meyer, Wisconsin
2nd place: Sarah Craun, Virginia
3rd place: Justin Irwin, Illinois

Intermediate Division (ages 14-17 as of January 1)
1st place: Lauren Siemers, Wisconsin
2nd place: Matthew Gunst, Wisconsin
3rd place: Bradley Richman, New Jersey

Senior Division (ages 18-21 as of January 1)
1st place: Ariel Staffin, New Jersey
2nd place: Miriam Cook, Michigan
3rd place: Brock Irwin, Illinois

Folding Display Contest
Forty-six 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 Division (ages 9-13 as of January 1)
1st place: Konrad Reidman, California
2nd place: Makenna Mase, Pennsylvania
3rd place: Joseph Coltrane, North Carolina

Intermediate Division (ages 14-17 as of January 1)
1st place: Lauryn Young, Washington
2nd place: Reagan Rhodes, Virginia
3rd place: Madison Sifford, Virginia

Senior Division (ages 18-21 as of January 1)
1st place: Nelson Brooks, North Carolina
2nd place: Montana Heinricher, Washington
3rd place: Nicole Guise, Pennsylvania

Scientific Division
Junior Division (ages 9-13 as of January 1)
1st place: Cait O’Sullivan, New Jersey
2nd place: Lemuel Coltrane, North Carolina
3rd place: Alex Empet, Pennsylvania

Intermediate Division (ages 14-17 as of January 1)
1st place: Clarissa Ulness, Wisconsin
2nd place: William Coltrane, North Carolina
3rd place: Austin Holcomb, Florida

Senior Division (ages 18-21 as of January 1)
1st place: Molly O’Sullivan, New Jersey
2nd place: Brooke Carey, 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. Six states submitted traditional scrapbooks this year.

1st place: Iowa
2nd place: North Carolina
3rd place: Illinois
4th place: Pennsylvania
5th place: Michigan

Digital State Scrapbook
The Digital Scrapbook division had 5 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: Virginia
2nd place: Illinois
3rd place: Washington
4th place: Wisconsin
5th place: New York

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: Michigan
2nd place: Missouri
3rd place: Iowa

Mission Membership
One state is awarded each year for increasing their membership. The honor is calculated on a percentage increase from January 1 to June 1 of the convention year. This year, Wisconsin was presented the plaque.

NHWSO Awards Scholarships
Three Junior Holstein members were awarded scholarships by the National Holstein Women’s Scholarship Organization (NHWSO) during the National Junior Holstein Convention. This year’s recipients were Lora Wright, Missouri, Sarah Thomas, North Carolina and Brock Irwin, Illinois.

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 – Todd Allen, Maryland; Area 3 – Brock Irwin, Illinois; and At-Large – Lora Wright, Missouri.

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.

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