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Junior Holstein Association members put their interviewing skills to the test during the 2022 Virtual Interview Contest. The program was created in 2020 to help prepare youth for real world opportunities by sharpening their resume writing and interview skills.

Applicants submitted cover letters and resumes based on a mock interview scenario and were selected to move on to the second phase of the contest based on their combined cover letter and resume scores. During the second phase contestants were interviewed by a panel of three judges. Final scores were calculated based on each applicant’s cover letter, resume, and interview. All youth received feedback from the judges to help further prepare them for future interviews.

“The National Junior Holstein Association Virtual Interview Contest allowed me to sharpen my interview skills, particularly strengthening my ability to respond to impromptu questions,” says contest participant Sarah Craun from Virginia. “I enjoyed the interaction with the interview panel and I am grateful for the real world learning experience that will certainly benefit me in my future career endeavors.”

Congratulations to the following 2022 Virtual Interview Contest winners!'

Junior Division (ages 12-14 as of January 1)

1st place: Lauren Silveira, California

2nd place: Alison Gartman, Wisconsin

3rd place: Chloe Chapman, California

Intermediate Division (ages 15-17 as of January 1)

1st place: Elsie Donlick, New York

2nd place: Sarah Craun, Virginia

3rd place: Salem Sifford, Virginia

Senior Division (ages 18-21 as of January 1)

1st place: Emily Syme, Connecticut

2nd place: Madison Sifford, Virginia

3rd place: Jon Chapman, California

Cash prizes of $250 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place will be awarded in the junior and intermediate divisions. In the senior division, youth will be given cash prizes of $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place.

For more information about the Virtual Interview Contest, or other Holstein Association USA youth programs, visit www.holstein