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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 To learn more about the Distinguished Junior Members or Junior Holstein Association visit