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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
  • 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.

See the Summer 2019 issue of The Pulse, and visit our website,, for more coverage of the 2019 National Holstein Convention.

Holstein Association USA, Inc.,, provides products and services to dairy producers to enhance genetics and improve profitability–ranging from registry processing to identification programs to consulting services.

The Association, headquartered in Brattleboro, Vt., maintains the records for Registered Holsteins® and represents approximately 30,000 members throughout the United States.