Twelve semifinalists were chosen to receive 2013 Distinguished Junior Member (DJM) awards, including three from Wisconsin. In addition, one Wisconsin youth was also named a Young Distinguished Junior Member (YDJM).
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.
This year's semifinalists are: Michael Bahl, Dubuque, IA; Rocco Cunningham, Penngrove, CA; Carissa Doody, Union Bridge, MD; Isaac Haagen, Howard, PA; Charles Hamilton, Cuba City, WI; Breinne Hendrickson, Belleville, WI; Chelsea Jones, Little York, NY; Hayley Potts, Purcellville, VA; Michael Schmitt, Rice, MN; Rebecca Shaw, Williamsburg, PA; Derek Wasson, Centre Hall, PA; and Kathryn Wendorf, Viroqua, WI.
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.
"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 17-year old Charles Hamilton in his Story of Junior Project Work.
Hamilton added, "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."
The twelve semifinalists will interview at the National Holstein Convention, July 7-11 in Indianapolis, IN, to be named one of six finalists, who will receive annual renewed memberships to Holstein Association USA.
All Junior Holstein members, ages 17-21 are eligible to apply for the Distinguished Junior Member recognition.
Young Distinguished Junior Member Finalists
Eight finalists have been named in Holstein Association USA's annual Young Distinguished Junior Member (YDJM) competition, including one from Wisconsin.
The YDJM recognition is the highest award given to National Junior Holstein members, ages 9-16, and honors their dairy project work and involvement with other agricultural and community organizations.
The eight finalists will be honored during the 2013 National Holstein Convention.
The 2013 YDJM finalists are: Christy Achen, South Ambia, IN; Andy Dougherty, Epworth, IA; Evan Gunter, Asheboro, NC; Ross Laskey, Okeechobee, FL.; Cole Leonard, Spottswood, VA; Austin Nauman, Norwalk, WI; Austin Schmitt, Rice, MN; and Cody Sears, Schenevus, NY.
Applicants for the YDJM award complete an entry book, which summarizes their involvement with Holstein cattle and programs, as well as other extracurricular activities.
For more information about YDJM or other Holstein youth programs, visit www.holsteinusa.com/juniors,
or contact Kelli Dunklee at 800-952-5200, ext. 4124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.