BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Holstein Association USA is thrilled to announce the 2021 Distinguished Junior Member Semifinalists and 2021 Young Distinguished Junior Member Finalists. The National Junior Holstein Association is a dynamic organization for youth under the age of 21, with over 8,000 active members in 48 states.
Established in 1922, the Distinguished Junior Member contest is the longest running Holstein youth program. The Distinguished Junior Member award is the highest honor given to members of the National Junior Holstein Association, ages 17 to 21, in recognition of a commitment to the Holstein breed and involvement in a variety of agriculture related activities.
The 2021 Distinguished Junior Members Semifinalists are:
- Nicole Broege, Janesville, Wisconsin
- Hayley Fernandes, Tulare, California
- Josh Gerbitz, Milton, Wisconsin
- Kendal Jenkins, Columbia Crossroads, Pennsylvania
- Benjamin Kronberg, Milton, Wisconsin
- Laura Littrell, St. Johnsville, New York
- Isaac Nelson, Sleepy Eye, Minnesota
- Gregory Norris, Westhampton, Massachusetts
- Chelsey Patch, Walpole, New Hampshire
- Rachel Rouland, Clifton Springs, New York
- Elizabeth Stoltzfus, Berlin, Pennsylvania
- Madison Weaver, Ephrata, Pennsylvania
The twelve semifinalists will interview at the National Holstein Convention, June 21 – 24, 2021 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Six finalists are announced during the Junior Awards Banquet on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.
Eight finalists have been named in Holstein Association USA’s annual Young Distinguished Junior Member (YDJM) competition.
The YDJM recognition is designed to reward youth, ages 9 to 16, who demonstrate a firsthand working knowledge of the dairy industry. Applicants must participate in Registered Holstein®, dairy and other activities, be role models for other youth and good spokespeople for the dairy industry.
The 2021 Young Distinguished Junior Member Finalists are:
- Ashley Brandel, Lake Mills, Wisconsin
- Magen Busker, Ridott, Illinois
- Hayley Daubert, Dayton, Virginia
- Ava Endres, Waunakee, Wisconsin
- Elizabeth Lentz, New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania
- Austin Meyer, Chilton, Wisconsin
- Garrett Ulness, Valders, Wisconsin
- F. Hayden Weaver, Ephrata, Pennsylvania
The 2021 Young Distinguished Junior Members Finalists will also be recognized during the 2021 Junior Awards Banquet in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
2021 National Holstein Convention tickets are available by registering online at https://www.2021nationalholsteinconvention.com/.
For more information about DJM and YDJM contests or other Holstein youth programs, visit www.holsteinusa.com/juniors, or contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124 or email.
–Holstein Association USA
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