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Austin Nauman, Norwalk, was one of eight Young Distinguished Junior Member award recipients at the National Junior Holstein Convention. He also helped work the National Convention Sale. <br /><br />

Austin Nauman, Norwalk, was one of eight Young Distinguished Junior Member award recipients at the National Junior Holstein Convention. He also helped work the National Convention Sale.

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Wisconsin youth named National DJM Finalist

July 18, 2013 | 0 comments

Indianapolis, IN

Charlie Hamilton, Cuba City, firmly believes the Holstein cow has shaped him into who he is today.

It’s his love and passion for the Holstein cow and involvement in the dairy indsutry that propelled him to become one of six finalists in the National Distinguished Junior Member contest during the National Junior Holstein Convention, July 7-11 and the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indiana.

The Distinguished Junior Member recognition is the highest honor given to members of the National Junior Association, ages 17-21, demonstrating a lifetime of commitment to the Holstein breed and involvement in a variety of activities.

To be eligible for the recognition, Hamilton was chosen to represent Wisconsin during the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention back in January.

He was next chosen as one of 12 semifinalists, along with two other Wisconsin representatives, Breinne Hendrickson, Belleville, and Kathryn Wendorf, Viroqua.

Each of the semifinalists completed an entry book, detailing their Junior Holstein project work, involvement with their cattle, program participation, and school and community activities.

At the convention, the semifinalists were interviewed, and the top six were then recognized at the awards luncheon Thursday afternoon, July 11.

The other five finalists were: Rocco Cunningham, CA; Carissa Doody, MD; Isaac Haagen, PA; Hayley Potts, VA; and Michael Schmitt, MN.

Hamilton, 17, lives on a 65-cow registered Holstein farm, Hill-Ton Holsteins with his parents, John and Evie Hamilton. A junior at Cuba City High School, he is a distinguished honor student and ranks first in his class.

He is vice president of his FFA chapter and active in his school’s forensics and math teams.

Hamilton is secretary of the Grant County Junior Holstein Association, plus he is president of the Sinsinawa Orioles 4-H Club.

He plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison and major in dairy science, with the goal of returning to his home farm, where he is the assistant dairy herd owner/manager, involved in all aspects of the dairy operation.

Another accomplishment during the 2013 National Holstein Convention included placing second in the intermediate division of the Holstein USA Online essay contest.

In addition, he earned the Three Star Breeder of an Excellent Cow Award, the Breeder of a Multiple E Cow Award and the 30,000-Pound Cow award.

In years past, Hamilton has participated in numerous national Holstein contests, and also earned the Young Distinguished Junior Member Award in 2010.

He has also actively competed in numerous Wisconsin Holstein Association contests and was a Distinguished Junior Member recipient as well as a Younger Member Recognition award winner and 12 and Under award winner.

This young entrepreneur is also competitive in the FFA program at Cuba City High School, He was a Wisconsin gold medalist in the Dairy Placement Proficiency Award area and has earned his Chapter Farmer and Star Greenhand Degrees.

He has excelled in both speaking and judging contests on the state level in numerous organizations such as:

• 1st place, District FFA Prepared Speaking Contest in 2013;

• Member of the 3rd place team and national qualifier at the Wisconsin State FFA Land/Soils Judging Contest, 2012;

• 10th high individual, Wisconsin FFA Dairy Judging Contest in 2012;

• 1st place, District FFA Creed Contest in 2011;

• 3rd high individual and state qualifier, District 4-H Dairy Judging Contest in 2012; and

• 1st place junior division, Hoard’s Dairyman Cow Judging Contest in 2011.

In high school, the soon-to-be-senior was a State Gold Medalist on the forensics team, was a sophomore inductee to the National Honor Society, was a bronze medalist on the math team and has been on the Distinguished Honor Roll.

"My love and involvement with the Holstein cow has shaped me into who I am today and without everything she gives me, I would have never met the friends I have met, had the opportunities I have had, or grown into who I am today," said the 17-year old in his Story of Junior Project Work.

He further stated, "I owe almost everything in my life to my involvement in groups like the Junior Holstein Association, as well as my foster mother, the Holstein cow, and the nurturing world that surrounds her."

Other Wisconsin Junior Highlights

Jordan Siemers of Cleveland, WI, was elected to the National Junior Activities Committee (JAC). The JAC is the governing body of the National Junior Holstein Association, serving as a sounding board for Junior members and advisors, and overseeing Holstein youth programs.

Siemers also placed second in the intermediate division of the dairy jeopardy contest.

Austin Nauman, Norwalk, WI, was one of eight Young Distinguished Junior Member award recipients.

A junior team representing Manitowoc County and senior team from Green County represented Wisconsin in the Dairy Bowl competition. California dominated both divisions, winning the senior division over Illinois and placing second to Iowa in the junior division.

The Breeder of an Excellent Cow award is presented to junior members who have bred and owned a cow officially classified Excellent on or after Jan. 1, 2011. The 2013 Wisconsin recipients, in addition to Hamilton, are: Jessica, Nicole, and Ryan Pralle.

National Junior Progressive Breeder

The National Junior Progressive Breeder honor recognizes cattle bred by junior members that meet high production and classification standards for their age group.

Every cow qualifying receives a star and junior members acquire a star for each cow they have bred that meets the criteria.

Those accumulating five or more stars over their career are presented with a plaque during the National Junior Holstein Convention.

Earning their first stars from Wisconsin are: Jacob and Joshua Siemers.

Three-star honorees from Wisconsin are: Nicole Pralle and Austin Vandertie.

Wisconsin’s six-star honoree is Jordan Siemers.

Earning her eleventh star is Wisconsin’s Crystal Siemers-Peterman.

Wisconsin’s Jessica and Ryan Pralle earned their 19-star.

The National 30,000 Pound Cow award is presented to youth owning a cow who has produced over 30,000 pounds of milk in 305 days or less, between May 2011-13. This year’s recipients from Wisconsin, in addition to Hamilton, are: Jessica, Nicole and Ryan Pralle; Connor, Jacob, Jordan, Josh, Lauren, and Crystal Siemers-Peterman; Austin Vandertie; and Nicole Wright.

The National 150,000 Pound Cow award is earned by junior members who own a cow who has produced over 150,000 pounds of milk in her lifetime.

This year’s Wisconsin honoree is Crystal Siemers-Peterman.

The National 200,000 Pound Cow Award honors youth owning a cow who has surpassed the milestone of producing 200,000 pounds of milk in her lifetime.

Wisconsin youth receiving the award this year are: Jessica and Ryan Pralle; and Tony Weier.

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