Holstein Youth Compete at 2014 National Junior Holstein Convention

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Holstein Association USA recognized Junior members in Dubuque, Iowa, last week, for their participation in a variety of activities during the 2014 National Junior Holstein Convention. Contests are designed to showcase talents and develop skills that will be useful for these young Holstein breeders' future endeavors.

Prepared Public Speaking Contest

Broken into three age divisions, 35 youth participated in the prepared public speaking competition. Following are the results from each division.

Junior Division (ages 9 through 13 years)
1st place: Hanna Richman, New Jersey, "Durham, Granddaddy of the Bulls"
2nd place: Hayley Fernandes, California, "One of the Dairy Industry's Biggest Enemies"
3rd place: Caleb McGee, Pennsylvania, "Longevity, It's not Complicated"

Intermediate Division (ages 14 through 17 years)
1st place: Ariel Staffin, New Jersey, "Lease Program"
2nd place: Maddie Beaudry, New Hampshire, "Greek is the New Low Fat"
3rd place: Nicole Buell, Washington, "Milking Myths"

Senior Division (ages 18 through 21 years)
1st place: Allison Herrick, New York, "Milk, the World's Drink"
2nd place: Rachel Demmer, Iowa, "My Deep Dairy Dream"
3rd place: Sara Kitchen, Pennsylvania, "Milk Labeling"

Folding Display Competition

Forty-two 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.

Junior Creative Displays
1st place: Elise Bleck, Wisconsin, "Winter Calf Care"
2nd place: Zach Schitter, Washington, "Idaho Ag Gag Law"
3rd place: Sophie Leach, Kansas, "Junior Holstein Association – Endless Possibilities"

Junior Scientific Displays
1st place: George Sebright, Pennsylvania, "Milk Quality and Cheese Yield"
2nd place: Ethan Hauck, Pennsylvania, "Is A2 for you?"
3rd place: Daniel Clapp, Massachusetts, "Saving Earth with Digesters"

Intermediate Creative Displays
1st place: Nicole Buell, Washington, "Holstein Facts, The Udder Truth"
2nd place: Taylor Wolfe, Pennsylvania, "Proper Drug Treatment Procedure"
3rd place: Halee Wasson, Pennsylvania, "Hitting a Homerun in the Dairy Industry"

Intermediate Scientific Displays
1st place: Courtney Moser, Wisconsin, "Give a ROAR for the 4 Stomachs"
2nd place: Ross Laskey, Florida, "Include a Byproduct in your TMR"
3rd place: Brock Irwin, Illinois, "Female Reproductive System"

Senior Creative Displays
1st place: Davey Hardesty, Virginia, "The Power of Social Media"
2nd place: Bailey Hart, Illinois, "An Udderly Tasty Product – Milk"
3rd place: Ashley Mohn, Pennsylvania, "Cow Facts"

Senior Scientific Displays
1st place: Katie Osborne, Pennsylvania, "What is in Your Bed?"
2nd place: Marcy Bartelheimer, Washington, "Oxytocin"
3rd place: Jacob Shaffer, Pennsylvania, "Efficiency of the Holstein Cow"

For more information, contact Rachel Pomeroy at 800.952.5200, ext. 4165 or via e-mail at rpomeroy@holstein.com.
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