Acme, Michigan, hosted the 2018 National Holstein Convention June 29 through July 3, where youth had the opportunity to show off their dairy knowledge in Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy and Dairy Knowledge Exam.
Teams of four compete head-to-head to see who can buzz in first to answer questions related to the dairy industry. A total of 27 teams competed in two divisions. After several rounds of competition, Iowa beat out all other competitors in the Junior and Senior Divisions of Dairy Bowl. The Junior Division (ages 9-15) championship round came down to teams from Pennsylvania and Iowa. Iowa Junior team consists of Louis Hamlett, Trenton Hammerand, Naomi Scott, and Brynlee Volker. Senior division (ages 16-21) finalists consisted of teams from Wisconsin and Iowa. Iowa’s Senior team consisted of Nathan Arthur, Amanda Dougherty, Mary Scott, and Brylie Volker. Both teams were coached by Jeff Hammerand.
J. George and Anna Smith Sportsmanship Awards
One team in each Dairy Bowl division is awarded for exemplifying principles of courtesy, friendliness and team spirit throughout the competition. Missouri was honored as the Junior Division honorees, with team members Roper Voskamp, Colton Kleiboeker, Sophie Geppert, Amanda Brooks coached by Shannon Kleiboeker. In the Senior Division, the award went to the Pennsylvania team, consisting of Ayla Blatt, Anthony Hix, Morgan Kunkel, and Stephanie Younker and coach Melanie Younker.
More than 75 participants, broken into three divisions, competed in Dairy Jeopardy. Based on the popular TV game show, youth compete individually, answering dairy industry-related questions and wagering points, testing not only their industry knowledge but their critical thinking and risk management skills. The top three individuals in each division were:
- 1st place, Rachel Craun of Virginia
- 1st place, Hayley Fernandes, California
- 2nd place, Jacob Fernandes, California
- 3rd place, Ryan Allen, Maryland
- 1st place, Logan Potts, Virginia
- 2nd place, Brock Irwin, Illinois
- 3rd place, Erin Norris, Massachusetts
Dairy Knowledge Exam
The Dairy Knowledge Exam is open to any youth attending the National Junior Holstein Convention who wants to put their brain to the test with a 25-question written test. The winners of each age division are:
Junior Division (ages 9-15 as of January 1)
- 1st place: Kristen Houser, Pennsylvania
- 2nd place: Carolina Arrowsmith, Pennsylvania
- 3rd place: Jacob Craun, Virginia
Senior Division (ages 16-21 as of January 1)
- 1st place: Marie Haase, Wisconsin
- 2nd place: Ayla Blatt, Pennsylvania
- 3rd place: Hailey Clausen, Wisconsin
See the Summer 2018 issue of The Pulse, and visit our website, www.holsteinusa.com
The Holstein Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1989. It is headquartered in Brattleboro, Vermont, and shares office space with its parent organization, Holstein Association USA, Inc.
The Holstein Foundation's education, leadership development and outreach programs serve both youth and young adults across the country who are involved with all breeds of dairy cattle.