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Wisconsin Holstein Wraps Up a Successful 2012 Junior Convention

Baraboo, Wis. – January 4, 2012 - The annual Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention was hosted by the Clark County juniors in Eau Claire, Wis., at The Plaza Inn & Suites, December 28-30, 2011. Over 500 Holstein members, chaperones, and volunteers were in attendance to help make the weekend a huge success.

Throughout the convention, junior members participated in numerous contests, including speaking, arts and crafts, photography, Dairy Jeopardy and Dairy Bowl.  The largest competition of the weekend was Dairy Bowl, in which 24 junior, 29 senior, and five rookie teams competed. 

Over 50 volunteers helped coordinate Dairy Bowl matches, Dairy Jeopardy contests, and the speaking contest. At the end of the contest, an undefeated junior team from Manitowoc County and an undefeated senior team from Polk County earned the honor to represent Wisconsin at the National Holstein Convention in the Dairy Bowl contest. Manitowoc County’s team members included Bieke de Bruijn, Jake Siemers, Jordan Siemers and Josh Siemers. Polk County’s team was comprised of Brett Getschel, Cody Getschel, Chris Rassier and Ethan Dado. Coming in second place in the junior division was Dodge County and Vernon County finished second in the senior division.

All juniors at convention had the chance to compete in the Dairy Jeopardy competition. The top competitor in each of three age brackets has the opportunity to compete at the National level. Qualifying this year was Jake Siemers of Manitowoc County in the junior division, Crystal Siemers-Peterman of Manitowoc County in the intermediate division, and Kyle Natzke of Fond du Lac County in the senior division. Placing second and third in the junior division were Adam Field of the District 5 Junior Club and Kylie Nickels of Dodge County. In the intermediate division, Jordan Siemers of Manitowoc County took second, and Andy Sell of Dodge County was third. In the senior division, Stephanie Nagel and Rachel Hartlaub of Manitowoc County placed second and third, respectively.

In the speaking contest, Wisconsin can send up to three delegates in each division to compete at National Convention. To compete, youth must prepare a speech on a topic related to the dairy industry at a length assigned to their specific age division. Heading to National Convention this year are Reece Lehman of Trempealeau County, Courtney Moser of Vernon County, and Abby Field of the District 5 Junior Club in the junior division. Kati Kindschuh of Fond du Lac County, Jordan Siemers and Barloe Brisson of Manitowoc County qualified in the intermediate division. Representing the senior division will be Kaitlyn Riley of Crawford County, Laura Finley of Jefferson County and Rachel Hartlaub of Manitowoc County.

On Thursday evening, the annual banquet was held to honor outstanding juniors in the Association. Kyle Natzke of Fond du Lac County and Laura Elliott of Dane County claimed the most prestigious honor, being named Outstanding Holstein Boy and Girl. These individuals have excelled in their Holstein programs and have been an asset to the Association and dairy industry as a whole. Also receiving honors were 19 other Distinguished Junior Members, 16 Younger Member Recognition winners, and 14 Twelve & Under Recognition winners, all of which excelled in their Wisconsin Holstein activities in 2011.

Of the exceptional youth recognized, four representatives in the Distinguished and Younger Distinguished Member categories were selected to submit award forms to the National level with hopes of being honored at the National Convention, being held in Missouri in June. Amelia Cooper of Dane County, Stephanie Nagel of Manitowoc County, Kyle Natzke of Fond du Lac County and Kayla Wright of Jefferson County were all chosen to represent Wisconsin as Distinguished Junior Members. The Younger Member delegates include Katherine Larson of Vernon County, Elizabeth Sarbacker of Dane County, Jordan Siemers of Manitowoc County and Nicole Wright of Jefferson County.

The 2012 Wisconsin Holstein Princess and Attendant were also crowned at the banquet on Thursday evening. This year, Laura Finley of Jefferson County will serve as the WHA Princess, and Anna Blake of Waupaca/Waushara County will join her as the WHA Princess Attendant.

Special recognition is given to youth leaders that have been nominated by youth in the Junior Holstein Association and selected by the Junior Activities Committee. This year’s WHY (Wisconsin Holstein Youth) Friends were Kelle Calvert of Lafayette County and Laura Wackershauser of Grant County, both in the six years and over division.

Wisconsin Holstein awarded nearly $12,000 in scholarships this year, and following the award presentation, an auction was held to raise funds for future awards. Donated items auctioned off included clippers from Andis, UW-Madison Men’s Hockey tickets donated by Ted and Sandy Halbach, a certificate for a Bonnie Mohr print, UW-Madison Men’s Basketball tickets donated by Corey Geiger and Krista Knigge, another two pairs of men’s basketball tickets donated by the Rob Rippchen family, and a show package donated by NASCO. Also donated was a Bonnie Mohr Print from Second-Look Holsteins, a Steiger 600 Replica Pedal Tractor from Case-IH, a stay at the “Doctor’s House” by Daluge Travel, and an Agri-Graphics gift package. Funds from these items, along with a silent auction, are put into the WHA scholarship fund, and nearly $3,000 was added this year. High school seniors, short course, and two and four year college students that are members of WHA are all eligible for these scholarships.

Throughout the convention, youth were recognized for other outstanding achievements, including Junior Progressive Breeder and Long Range Production animals producing 100,000 to over 200,000 pounds of milk over their lifetime.

The Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association awards interested juniors the opportunity to travel to an area of the state to tour farms and learn from their dairy operations. This Farm Tour award was given to twelve recipients including Morgan Lundy of Jefferson County, Theresa Madland of the District 5 Junior Club, Tony Weier of Iowa County, Brooks Hendrickson of Green County, Riley Bricco of Shawano County, Elizabeth Sarbacker of Dane County, Cassi Miller and Jackie Breuch of Wood County, Kati Kindschuh and Derrek Kamphius of Fond du Lac County and Joshua Butler and Andy Sell of Dodge County. The group will be traveling the state early this spring.

The convention concluded Friday morning with an awards breakfast and the annual business meeting, where four new Junior Activities Committee (JAC) members were elected. The JAC group is responsible for coordinating and overseeing all junior events within the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association. Selected this year for the southwest district was Andrea Pagenkopf of Grant County, Ryan Pralle of Clark County for the northwest district, John Klossner of Green County for the southeast, and Nicholas Schuster of Fond du Lac County for the northeast. These members will serve a two-year term as JAC’s, and join second-year members Katie Wendorf of Vernon County, Cara Biely of Waupaca/Waushara County, Brett Hildebrandt of Dodge County and Nathan Huser of Wood County.

The contest room is always fun and a great way to show off projects done by junior members throughout the year. In the advertising contest, members submit advertisements they ran in the Wisconsin Holstein News or something they designed at home on their own. This year’s winners in the junior division were Carley Krull of Jefferson County, Cole Booth of Sheboygan County, and Jordan Siemers of Manitowoc County. In the senior division, Andrea Pagenkopf of Grant County and Bryce and Cassy Krull of Jefferson County were recognized. Taking people’s choice honors were Carley Krull in the junior division and Bryce Krull in senior.

In the photography contest’s farm people photos, Ava Booth of Sheboygan County, Morgan George of Trempealeau County, and Rachel Nigh of Vernon County were recognized. In the senior division, Tony Weier of Iowa County, Andrea Pagenkopf of Grant County, and Valerie Kramer of Fond du Lac County had photos that received top honors. People’s choice awards went to Ava Booth in the junior division and Tony Weier in senior.

In photography’s farm scenes category, Paige Nelson of Pierce County took first, while Jessica Steger of Crawford County received second and third in the junior division. Excelling in the senior division were Jackie Breuch of Wood County, Tony Weier of Iowa County, and Danae Bauer of Waupaca/Waushara County. People’s choice honors went to Paige Nelson in the junior contest and Tony Weier in senior.

Wrapping up the photography contest was the farm animals category, where Morgan George of Trempealeau County took first and Rachel Coyne of Pierce County and Kristen Broege of Rock County came in second and third respectively. Danae Bauer of Waupaca/Waushara took first and third, and Felicia Opsal of Dane County rounded out the senior division in second place. People’s choice awards went to Rachel Coyne of Pierce County and Megan Miller of Dane County.

The juniors got creative in the arts contest, and taking top honors in the junior division were Hannah Nelson of Pierce County, Rachel Nigh of Vernon County and Joey Opsal of Dane.  In the senior division, Tony Weier of Iowa County was the top individual and John Klossner of Green County and Sarah Gerbitz of Rock County rounded out the contest. Hannah Nelson and Tony Weier received the people’s choice awards.

Also bringing out creativity were those in the crafts contest. Sara Dorshorst of Wood County, David Petersheim of Vernon County and Anna Christensen of Polk County were the top individuals in the junior division, while Tony Weier of Iowa County, Justin Peper of Polk County, and Elizabeth Sarbacker of Dane County were the top three in the senior division. People’s choice winners were David Petersheim and Tony Weier.

Each county is encouraged to submit a scrapbook of their activities throughout the year. These books are judged and awards are given to the top three counties. This year, Green County earned top honors, and Grant and Vernon Counties followed closely in second and third place. The digital scrapbook contest winners were Grant and Polk Counties.

The folding display contest was a huge success again this year. Individuals developed display boards to highlight activities or subjects within the dairy industry. First in the junior division was Hope Petersheim of Vernon County, second was Emily Steger of Crawford County, and third was Rachel Nigh of Vernon County. Rachel was also named people’s choice in this contest. First in the intermediate division was Valerie Kramer of Fond du Lac County, second was Katherine Larson of Vernon County, and third was Katie Bauer of Waupaca/Waushara County. Katherine Larson of Vernon County was People’s Choice winner in the intermediate division. In the senior contest, Tina Barton of Lafayette County was first place and people’s choice with Danae Bauer of Waupaca/Waushara taking second.

The annual essay contest encourages members to write about assigned topics relating to today’s dairy industry. The top junior individual for this contest was Marcus Schroepfer of Langlade County. In the senior division, Charlie Hamilton of Grant County was first with Stephanie Nagel of Manitowoc County and Morgan Lundy of Jefferson County rounding out second and third.

One of the most coveted awards, based on participation throughout the year and enthusiasm, is the Spirit award, which was given to the District 5 Junior Club. The Bell-R-Ring contest was won by Sheboygan/Langlade for their clever rendition of "Red Solo Cup," and best Penny War Jug Decoration was awarded to Vernon County for their “Rockin’” cheese guitar design.

For teams to be seated in the Dairy Bowl contest, they must take a written exam on the first day of convention. Those individuals scoring highest are recognized with awards. High scores in the junior division this year went to Jordan Siemers of Manitowoc County, Matthew Kramer of Fond du Lac County, and Kenni Bores of Wood County. Recognized for high scores in the senior division were Jessica James of Iowa County, Matthew O’Leary of Fond du Lac County and Dane Thompson of Barron County.

The Wisconsin Holstein Association would like to commend the Clark County Junior Holstein Association members and chaperones, and extend a special thank you to all volunteers that helped make the weekend a success!

The Association would also like to thank the following Action City shuttle sponsors: Accelerated Genetics, Select Sires and Rural Mutual Insurance. And a special thanks to our junior raffle sponsors: Sandy-Valley Holsteins, Accelerated Genetics, ABS Global, Inc., Alta Genetics, CRV, International Protein Sires, Genex/CRI Coop, East/Central Select Sires, Semex, NASCO, Animart, The Country Today, Wisconsin Holstein News, Hoard’s Dairyman, Cattle Connection, Holstein World, UW-Madison Badger Dairy Club, UW-River Falls Dairy Club, WI State Farmer, PDPW, Bovine Boutique, GreenStone Financial and World Dairy Expo.