The information below has been supplied by dairy marketers and other industry organizations. It has not been edited, verified or endorsed by Hoard’s Dairyman.Holstein Association USA has named twelve individuals as semifinalists for the 2023 Distinguished Junior Member (DJM) awards. The Distinguished Junior Member award is the highest achievement for National Junior Holstein Association members and has been recognizing deserving young adults for over a century.
The Distinguished Junior Member award was established in 1922 and is the longest-running Holstein Youth Program. The honor recognizes individuals’ commitment to the Holstein breed, involvement in the dairy industry, and related activities. Twelve young adults were selected as semifinalists based on an application process including a resume, story of their Junior Holstein work, essay questions, video elements, and more.
The 2023 Distinguished Junior Member Semifinalists are:
Caroline Arrowsmith, Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania
Emory Bewley, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania
Molly Cessna, Clearville, Pennsylvania
Quinn Dum, Elliottsburg, Pennsylvania
Madeline Hensel, Pittsville, Wisconsin
Kylie Konyn, Escondido, California
Ainsley Noble, Lancaster, Wisconsin
Jacob Schaefer, Little Falls, Minnesota
Lauren Siemers, Kiel, Wisconsin
Abigail Stoltzfus, Berlin, Pennsylvania
Gary Young, Chehalis, Washington
Kelsey Zepp, New Windsor, Maryland
The DJM semifinalists will be interviewed at the National Holstein Convention being held June 23 to 27, 2023, in Lexington, Kentucky. Six DJM finalists will be announced during the Junior Awards Banquet on Tuesday, June 27.
For more information or to register for the 2023 National Holstein Convention visit www.2023nationalholsteinconvention.com. To learn more about the Distinguished Junior Members or Junior Holstein Association visit www.holsteinusa.com/juniors.