Holstein Association USA recently recognized six finalists in the 2012 National Distinguished Junior Member (DJM) competition at the National Junior Holstein Convention on June 30 in Springfield, Mo. This is the highest honor a Junior Holstein member may receive, and is based on outstanding work throughout his or her dairy project career.

Twelve semifinalists were selected to interview during the National Junior Holstein Convention. Each of the six finalists will receive renewed memberships to Holstein Association USA. The Distinguished Junior Member award honors Junior Holstein members, ages 17 to 21, who have excelled in their junior project work, involvement on their farm, and in their communities.

The finalists for this year's contest are Jacob Achen, Minn., Sara Bechtel, Pa., Matt Henkes, Iowa, Tera Koebel, Mich., Nathan Ulmer, Pa., and Corbin Wood, Pa.