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Wisconsin Holstein Wraps Up a Successful 2014 Junior Convention

Baraboo, Wis. – January 7, 2014...The annual Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention was hosted by the Fond du Lac County juniors in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., at Glacier Canyon Lodge, January 3-5, 2014. 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 30 junior, 24 senior, and ten rookie teams competed. 

Over 50 volunteers helped coordinate dairy bowl matches, dairy jeopardy contests, and the speaking contest. As the dairy bowl contest came to a close, the Shawano County juniors took top honors in the junior division, and the Polk County seniors defeated Dodge County twice to earn the honor to represent Wisconsin at the National Holstein Convention in Iowa. Shawano County’s team included Mason and Carter Jauquet, Nathan Ferfecki and Ben Schmidt. Polk County’s team was comprised of Chris Rassier, Ethan and Bethany Dado and Cody Getschel, with alternate Tayler Elwood.

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 Brian McCullough of Green County in the junior division, Jordan Siemers of Manitowoc County in the intermediate division, and Andy Sell of Dodge County in the senior division. Placing second and third in the junior division were Abby Field of the District 5 Junior Club and Clarissa Ulness of Manitowoc County. In the intermediate division, Sanne DeBruijn of Manitowoc County took second, and Hannah Nelson of Pierce County was third. In the senior division, Lizi Endres of Dane County and Ethan Dado of Polk 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 Connor Siemers of Manitowoc County, Cole Booth of Sheboygan County, and Elise Bleck of Sheboygan County in the junior division. Jessica Steger of Crawford County, Josh Siemers of Manitowoc County, and Kelsey Cramer of Green County qualified in the intermediate division. Representing the senior division will be Jessica Pralle of Clark County, Kristen Broege of Rock County and Mackenzie Sarbacker of Dane County.

On Saturday evening, the annual banquet was held to honor outstanding juniors in the Association. Brett Hildebrandt of Dodge County and Breinne Hendrickson of Green 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 17 other Distinguished Junior Members, 12 Young Distinguished Junior Member winners, and 18 Twelve & Under Recognition winners, all of which excelled in their Wisconsin Holstein activities in 2013.

2013 Distinguished Junior Holstein Members include Cassie Endres of Dane County, Karsen Haag of Dane County, Charles Hamilton of Grant County, Rachel Hartlaub of Manitowoc County, Kati Kindschuh of Fond du Lac County, Kayla Krueger of Waupaca County, Bryce Krull of Jefferson County, Cassy Krull of Jefferson County, Austin Nauman of Monroe County, Andrea Pagenkopf of Grant County, Jessica Pralle of Clark County, Ryan Pralle of Clark County, Elizabeth Sarbacker of Dane County, Macy Sarbacker of Dane County, Nicholas Schuster of Fond du Lac County, Carrie Warmka of Fond du Lac County, and Nicole Wright of Jefferson County.

The Young Distinguished Junior Holstein Members include Rachel Coyne of Pierce County, Adam Field of Adams County, Kalista Hodorff of Fond du Lac County, Sierra Huser of Wood County, Carley Krull of Jefferson County, Rachel McCullough of Green County, Michael Moede of Kewaunee County, Megan Nelson of Trempealeau County, Dawson Nickels of Dodge County, Nicole Pralle of Clark County, Lindsey Sarbacker of Dane County and Brooke Trustem of Rock County.

Finally, 12 & Under member recognition was awarded to Ava Booth of Sheboygan County, Cole Booth of Sheboygan County, Elise Bleck of Sheboygan County, Colton Brandel of Jefferson County, Madison Calvert of Lafayette County, McKenzie Calvert of Lafayette County, Hunter Crowley of Winnebago County, Emma Dorshorst of Wood County, Tyler Giddings of Marathon County, Hannah Hockerman of Marquette County, Kaianne Hodorff of Fond du Lac County, Kaydence Hodorff of Fond du Lac County, Brian McCullough of Green County, Megan Moede of Kewaunee County, Kylie Nickels of Dodge County, Drew Noble of Grant County, Samantha Pitterle of Dodge County and Clarissa Ulness of Manitowoc County.

Of the exceptional youth recognized, four representatives in the Distinguished and Young 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 Iowa in June. Ryan Pralle of Clark County, Nicholas Schuster of Fond du Lac County, Cassy Krull of Jefferson County and Carrie Warmka of Dodge County were all chosen to represent Wisconsin as Distinguished Junior Members. The Young Distinguished Member delegates include Carley Krull of Jefferson County, Megan Nelson of Trempealeau County, Nicole Pralle of Clark County and Rachel Coyne of Pierce County.

The 2014 Wisconsin Holstein Princess and Attendant were also crowned at the banquet on Saturday evening. This year, Kayla Krueger of Waupaca/Waushara County will serve as the WHA Princess, and Kristen Broege of Rock 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 Mandy Sell of Dodge County in the five year and under division, and Tom and Vicki Sarbacker of Dane County in the six years and over division.

Wisconsin Holstein awarded over $10,000 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 Larry Nelson, a certificate for a Bonnie Mohr print, UW-Madison Men’s Basketball tickets donated by Corey Geiger and Krista Knigge, another pair of men’s basketball tickets donated by the Rob Rippchen family, a show package donated by NASCO, a show bucket donated by the family of John Klossner, a stay at the “Doctor’s House” by Daluge Travel, and a pair of Packer tickets donated by Dr. Robert Cox. Funds from these items, along with a silent auction, are put into the WHA scholarship fund, and over $3,500 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 eleven recipients including Paige Nelson of Pierce County, Aaron Berg of LaCrosse County, Rachel Coyne of Pierce County, Cole Hoyer of LaCrosse County, Katie Bauer of Waupaca County, Elizabeth Sarbacker of Dane County, Sara Griswold of Dane County, Sam Minch of Wood County, Austin Nauman of Vernon County, Katherine Larson of Vernon County and Paul Grulke of Dodge County. The group will be traveling the state early this spring.

The convention concluded Sunday 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 Charlie Hamilton of Grant County, Jessica Pralle of Clark County for the northwest district, Andy Sell of Dodge County for the southeast, and Crystal Siemers-Peterman of Manitowoc County for the northeast. These members will serve a two-year term as JAC’s, and join second-year members Sean Brown of Iowa County, Cassi Miller of Wood County, Cassy Krull of Jefferson County and Rachel Hartlaub of Manitowoc 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 Elise Bleck of Sheboygan County, Joey Opsal of Dane County and Jared Abraham of Sheboygan County. In the senior division, Carley Krull of Jefferson County, Kayli Hodorff of Fond du Lac County and Nicole Pralle of Clark County were recognized. Taking people’s choice honors were Ava Booth of Sheboygan County in the junior division and Carley Krull in senior.

In the photography contest’s farm people photos, Clarissa Ulness of Manitowoc County, Ella Bindl of Sheboygan County, and Brock Nelson of Richland County were recognized. In the senior division, Lizi Endres of Dane County, Ben Powers of Dunn County and Cierra Ehrke-Essock of Jefferson County had photos that received top honors. People’s choice awards went to Emily Makos of Green County and Cierra Ehrke-Essock of Jefferson County.

In photography’s farm scenes category, Jared Abraham of Sheboygan County took first, while Hunter Crowley of Winnebago County received second and Courtney Moser of Vernon County took third in the junior division. Excelling in the senior division were Emily Reuter of Lafayatte County with first and second place, and Kayla Krueger of Waupaca/Waushara County in third. People’s choice honors went to Erica Helmer of Sheboygan County in the junior contest and Kayla Krueger in senior.

Wrapping up the photography contest was the farm animals category, where Sanne DeBruijn of Manitowoc County took first and Clarissa Ulness of Manitowoc County and Joey Opsal of Dane County came in second and third respectively. Ben Powers of Dunn County took first, Cierra Ehrke-Essock of Jefferson County took second and Lizi Endres of Dane County rounded out the senior division in third place. People’s choice awards went to Sanne DeBruijn and Jessica Steger of Crawford County.

The juniors got creative in the arts contest, and taking top honors in the junior division were Hannah Nelson of Pierce County, Abigail Solum of Barron County and Hunter Crowley of Winnebago County.  In the senior division, Andrew Greenfield of Waupaca/Waushara County was the top individual and Kathryn Swenson of Vernon County and Sarah Gerbitz of Dane County rounded out the contest. Hannah Nelson and Kathryn Swenson received the people’s choice awards.

Also bringing out creativity were those in the crafts contest. Hannah Nelson of Pierce County, Brooke Trustem of Rock County and Emma Dorshorst of Wood County were the top individuals in the junior division, while Carrie Warmka of Dodge County was first, Elizabeth Sarbacker of Dane County was second, and Emily Reuter of Lafayette County was third in the senior division. People’s choice winners were Payton Calvert of Lafayette County and Carrie Warmka.

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 Sheboygan County and the District 5 delegation followed closely in second and third place.

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 Elise Bleck of Sheboygan County, second was Emily Makos of Green County, and third was Colby Steiner of Green County. Elise was also named people’s choice in this contest. First in the intermediate division was Courtney Moser of Vernon County, second was Sam Minch of Wood County, and third was Sara Griswold of Dane County. Courtney Moser of Vernon County was People’s Choice winner in the intermediate division. In the senior contest, Courtney McCourt of Fond du Lac County was the winning entry.

The state banner contest was very competitive, and a banner from Manitowoc County took first place. Richland County was second, and Wood County third. The Manitowoc County banner will represent Wisconsin at this year’s National Holstein Convention in Iowa.

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 Hunter Crowley of Winnebago County. In the senior division, Kati Kindschuh of Fond du Lac County was first with Charlie Hamilton of Grant County second. Valerie Kramer of Fond du Lac County and Jackie Breuch of Wood County tied for third place.

One of the most coveted awards, based on participation throughout the year and enthusiasm, is the Spirit award, which was given to Lafayette County. The Bell-R-Ring contest was won by Wood County.

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 Adam Field of the District 5 Juniors, Tyler Franklin of St. Croix County, and Dawson Nickels of Dodge County. Recognized for high scores in the senior division were Andy Sell of Dodge County, Lizi Endres of Dane County and Charlie Hamilton of Grant County.

The Wisconsin Holstein Association would like to commend the Fond du Lac 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 junior raffle sponsors: Forest-Ridge Holsteins, Confections for Any Occasion by Joel, UW-Platteville Dairy Club, WI State Farmer, Accelerated Genetics, Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, ABS Global, Inc., CRV, Holstein World, The Country Today, Animart, NASCO, East Central/Select Sires, Cattle Connection, UW-Madison Badger Dairy Club, International Protein Sires, Semex, World Dairy Expo, Agri-View, Hoard’s Dairyman, Wisconsin Holstein Association, and Wisconsin Holstein Publications.