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Kalista Hodorff of Fond du Lac County and Colin Uecker of Jefferson County are 2020 Holstein Girl and Holstein Boy
CREAM OF THE CROP: Kalista Hodorff of Fond du Lac County and Colin Uecker of Jefferson County were selected as the 2020 Holstein Girl and Holstein Boy.

Members recognized at Junior Holstein convention

The annual Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention was hosted by Clark County.

The annual Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention was hosted by the Clark County juniors Jan. 3-5 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center in Stevens Point, Wis. More than 400 Wisconsin Holstein Association members and volunteers were in attendance to help make the weekend a 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 27 junior, 18 senior and 10 rookie teams competed.

Dairy Bowl

The Manitowoc-Calumet County team took first place in the senior Dairy Bowl contest, with Brown County Team 1 coming in second place. The winner of the junior division was Wood County, with Iowa County Team 1 taking second.

Team members on the senior Manitowoc-Calumet County team include Clarissa Ulness, Garrett Ulness, Lauren Siemers and Brianna Meyer. The Wood County junior team consisted of Wyatt Dorshorst, Sarah Dorshorst, Emma Bangart and Maddie Hensel. These two top teams will represent Wisconsin at the National Holstein Convention in Lancaster, Pa., in June. More than 50 volunteers helped coordinate Dairy Bowl matches, Dairy Jeopardy contests and the speaking contest.

Rounding out the top five for the Dairy Bowl junior division were Brown County Team 1, Shawano County Team 1 and Fond du Lac County Team 2, respectively. Finishing in third through fifth places in the senior division were Green County, Dodge County and Door County.

All juniors at the convention can compete in Dairy Jeopardy. The top competitor in each of three age brackets has the opportunity to compete at the national level. Winning the junior division was Logan Harbaugh, Shawano County; second was earned by Austin Meyer, Calumet County; and third went to Cathryn Gunst, Waupaca-Waushara County. In the intermediate division, Coltin Coffeen of Brown County topped the group, with Brianna Meyer, Calumet County, and Marissa Vosberg, Green County, placing second and third, respectively. Lauren Siemers, Manitowoc County, was the winning contestant in the senior division, Mason Jauquet of Shawano County placed second and McKenna Coffeen of Brown County took home third place.

In the speaking contest, Wisconsin can send up to three delegates in each division to compete at the 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 the national competition this year in the junior division are Austin Meyer, Calumet County; Christopher Gunst, Waupaca-Waushara County; and Madison Wiese, Brown County. In the intermediate division, Matthew Gunst, Dodge County, took home top honors. Abby Meyer of Calumet County placed second, and Elizabeth Gunst, Dodge County placed third. Winning the senior division was Brianna Meyer of Calumet County, with Hannah Ullom, Chippewa County, taking second, and Lauren Siemers of Manitowoc County placing third.

Top awards

On Jan 4., the annual banquet was held to honor outstanding juniors in the association. Colin Uecker of Jefferson County and Kalista Hodorff of Fond du Lac County claimed the most prestigious honors, being named Outstanding Holstein Boy and Girl. These individuals have excelled in their Holstein projects and have been an asset to the association and dairy industry as a whole. Also receiving honors were 14 other Distinguished Junior Members, 12 Young Distinguished Junior Member winners, and 10 Twelve and Under Recognition winners, all of which excelled in their Wisconsin Holstein activities in 2019.

In addition to Uecker and Hodorff, 2019 Distinguished Junior Members (DJM) included Jenna Broege, Rock County; Nicole Broege, Rock County; McKenna Coffeen, Brown County; Eliza Endres, Dane County; Hannah Hockerman; Marquette County; Kaianne Hodorff, Fond du Lac County; Mason Jauquet, Shawano County; Ben Kronberg, Rock County; Rachel McCullough, Green County; Hannah Nelson, Pierce County; Dawson Nickels, Dodge County; Lauren Siemers, Manitowoc County; Fritzy Ullom, Chippewa County; and Hannah Ullom, Chippewa County.

The Young Distinguished Junior Holstein Members (YDJM) included Ashley Brandel, Jefferson County; Colton Brandel, Jefferson County; Ava Endres, Dane County; Cathryn Gunst, Waupaca-Waushara County; Christopher Gunst, Waupaca-Waushara County; Elizabeth Gunst, Dodge County; Jacob Harbaugh, Shawano County; Kaydence Hodorff, Fond du Lac County; Emiliy Stumpf, Fond du Lac County; Kaelyn Weigel, Grant County; Kenadee Weigel, Grant County; and Grady Wendorf, Dodge County.

Lastly, Twelve and Under Member Recognition was awarded to Justin Brandel, Jefferson County; Katie Brandel, Jefferson County; Christina Buttles, Grant County; Logan Harbaugh, Shawano County; Vivian Lichty, Dodge County; Abby Meyer, Calumet County; Ella Raatz, Clark County; Cameron Ryan, Fond du Lac County; Dylan Ryan, Fond du Lac County; and Payton Sarbacker, Dane County.

Of these youth recognized, four representatives each in the DJM and the YDJM categories were selected to submit award forms to the national level with hopes of being honored at the National Holstein Convention. Mason Jauquet, Rachel McCullough, Hannah Nelson and Colin Uecker were as DJMs. The YDJM delegates are Ashley Brandel, Colton Brandel, Ava Endres and Jacob Harbaugh.

The 2020 Wisconsin Holstein Princess and Attendant were also crowned at the banquet. This year, Hannah Ullom of Chippewa County will serve as the WHA Princess, and Roslind Anderson of Pierce County will join her as the WHA Princess Attendant.

The WHY (Wisconsin Holstein Youth) Leadership Merit award was created this year to recognize youth who excel in leadership at a local level. They are nominated by an adviser or fellow junior member by means of an application on their behalf. This year’s award recipients are Hannah Hensel, Wood County; Katie Biese, Brown County; Josh Gerbitz, Rock County; and Ainsley Noble, Grant County.

Special recognition is given to youth leaders who have been nominated by youth in the Junior Holstein Association. This year’s WHY Friends were honored in the more-than-five-years-of-service category. Receiving awards were Peggy Coffeen from Brown County and Linda Behling from Dodge County. 

One of the most coveted awards, based on participation throughout the year and enthusiasm, is the Spirit Award, which was given to Grant County. Winner of the Bell-R-Ring contest was Fond du Lac County.

Amy Gerhardt, Neillsville, was this year’s winner of the calf raffle. 

Progressive Breeder, Long-Range Production awards

Throughout the convention, youth were recognized for other outstanding achievements, including Junior Progressive Breeder and Long-Range Production.

Those receiving Junior Progressive Breeder awards include: 

  • Tessa and Stella Schmocker, Jefferson County
  • Nathan Cordes, Wood County
  • Katie Brandel, Jefferson County
  • Colton, Ashley, Katie and Justin Brandel, Jefferson County
  • Dylan and Cameron Ryan, Fond du Lac County
  • Gracin and Chesney Speich, Rock County
  • Jared and Macie Abraham, Sheboygan County
  • Brooke, Luke and Dane Trustem, Rock County
  • Brooke Trustem, Rock County
  • Luke Trustem, Rock County
  • Matthew, Elizabeth, Cathryn and Christopher Gunst, Dodge and Waupaca-Waushara Counties
  • Cathryn and Christopher Gunst, Waupaca-Waushara County
  • Christopher Gunst, Waupaca-Waushara County
  • Christina Buttles, Grant County
  • Emily Stumpf, Fond du Lac County
  • Jacob, Logan and Madison Harbaugh and Adella Loehr, Shawano County
  • McKenna and Coltin Coffeen and Breya Pollack, Brown County
  • Collin Wille, Barron County

Long Range Production recognizes owners of cows that have produced over 100,000 pounds in their lifetime. In the over-100,000-pound category:  

  • Brooke, Luke and Dane Trustem, Rock County
  • Jared and Macie Abraham, Sheboygan County
  • Hannah Hensel, Wood County
  • Jacob, Logan and Madison Harbaugh, Shawano County
  • Brooke Trustem, Rock County
  • Christina Buttles, Grant County
  • Dylan and Cameron Ryan, Fond du Lac County
  • Colton, Ashley, Katie and Justin Brandel, Jefferson County

In the over-150,000-pound category are:

  • Christina Buttles, Grant County
  • Colton, Ashley, Katie and Justin Brandel, Jefferson County
  • Collin Wille, Barron County
  • Kalista, Kaianne and Kaydence Hodorff, Fond du Lac
  • McKenna and Coltin Coffeen and Breya Pollack, Brown County

In the over-200,000-pound category are: 

  • Kalista, Kaianne and Kaydence Hodorff, Fond du Lac County
  • Emily Stumpf, Fond du Lac County
  • Dane Trustem, Rock County

The convention concluded Jan. 5 with an awards breakfast and the annual business meeting, where four new Junior Activities Committee members were elected. The JAC is responsible for coordinating and overseeing all junior events within the Wisconsin Holstein Association. Selected this year for the southwest district was Hannah Hockerman, Emma Dorshorst of Wood County for the northwest district, Nicole Broege of Rock County for the southeast, and Elise Bleck of Sheboygan County for the northeast district. These members will serve a two-year term on the JAC, and join second-year members Matthew Gunst, Dodge County; McKenna Coffeen, Brown County; Hannah Nelson, Pierce County; and Nathan Daniels, Iowa County.

Contest room

The contest room is an excellent way to show off projects completed by junior members throughout the year. Members participate in photography, drawing and painting, crafts, and folding display contests. Results are as follows:

Photography Contest

Junior Animal

  • 1st and People’s Choice: Ella Raatz, Clark County
  • 2nd: Natalie Ott, Green County
  • 3rd: Cathryn Gunst, Waupaca-Waushara County

Junior People

  • 1st and People’s Choice: Ella Raatz, Clark County
  • 2nd: Jacob Raatz, Clark County
  • 3rd: Kenadee Weigel, Grant County

Junior Farm Scene

  • 1st: Jacob Raatz, Clark County
  • 2nd: Christina Buttles, Grant County
  • 3rd: Ella Raatz, Clark County
  • People’s Choice: Kenadee Weigel, Grant County

Senior Animal

  • 1st: Kaelyn Weigel, Grant County
  • 2nd: Kaelyn Weigel, Grant County
  • 3rd: Elena Jarvey, Shawano County
  • People’s Choice: tie between Elena Jarvey, Shawano County, and Emily Stumpf, Fond du Lac County

Senior People

  • 1st and People’s Choice: Hannah Hensel, Wood County
  • 2nd: Laurianna Dannenberg, Iowa County
  • 3rd: Hannah Hensel, Wood County

Senior Farm Scene

  • 1st: Hannah Hensel, Wood County
  • 2nd and People’s Choice: Kaelyn Weigel, Grant County
  • 3rd: Kaelyn Weigel, Grant County

Advertising Contest

Amateur

  • 1st and People’s Choice: Hannah Hensel, Wood County
  • 2nd: Payton Sarbacker, Dane County
  • 3rd: Payton Sarbacker, Dane County

Professionally Assisted

  • 1st and People’s Choice: Kaelyn, Kenadee and Keegan Weigel, Grant County
  • 2nd: Elise Bleck, Sheboygan County
  • 3rd: Jenna Broege, Rock County

Folding Display Contest

Junior

  • 1st and People’s Choice: Cathryn Gunst, Waupaca-Waushara County
  • 2nd: Christopher Gunst, Waupaca-Waushara County
  • 3rd: Ella Raatz, Clark County

Intermediate

  • 1st and People’s Choice: Lily Jenson, Iowa County

Crafts Contest

Junior

  • 1st: Payton Sarbacker, Dane County
  • 2nd and People’s Choice: Grace Hensel, Wood County
  • 3rd: Grace Hensel, Wood County

Drawing and Painting Contest

Junior

  • 1st: Maddy Hensel, Wood County
  • 2nd and People’s Choice: Callie Behling, Marathon County
  • 3rd: Payton Sarbacker, Dane County

Senior

  • 1st: Brianna Meyer, Calumet County
  • 2nd and People’s Choice: Elena Jarvey, Shawano County
  • 3rd: Brianna Meyer, Calumet County

The annual essay contest encourages members to write about assigned topics relating to today’s dairy industry. In this year’s junior division, taking top honors was Aubrey Behling, Marathon County; second was awarded to Kenadee Weigel, Grant County; and third to Keegan Weigel, Grant County. Kaelyn Weigel, Grant County, took first in the senior division, with Tyler Schroepfer of Langlade County placing second.

Budde writes for the Wisconsin Holstein Association.

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