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Holstein Juniors Honored at State Convention

Holstein Juniors Honored at State Convention
Brey, Bauer are State Holstein Boy and Girl.

More than 500 Holstein members, parents, volunteers and industry representatives attended the 2011 Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention Jan. 8-10 at the Holiday Inn in Stevens Point. The convention was hosted by the Wood County Junior Holstein Association.

Throughout the convention, junior members were encouraged to participate in numerous contests, including dairy bowl, speaking, photography and dairy jeopardy. The largest competition of the weekend was dairy bowl, in which 27 junior, 28 senior, and four rookie teams competed. 

STANDOUTS: Jacob Brey of Door County is the 2011 Wisconsin Holstein Boy, and Danae Bauer of Waupaca County was named the 2011 Wisconsin Holstein Girl.

A junior team from Manitowoc County and a senior team from Vernon County earned the honor to represent Wisconsin at the National Holstein Convention in the dairy bowl contest in June in Virginia. Manitowoc County's team members include Jake Siemers, Crystal Siemers-Peterman, Jordan Siemers and Josh Siemers. Vernon County's team is comprised of Arlisa Landis, Katie Wendorf, Ryan Nigh, and Kaleb Storm.

Taking second place in both the junior and senior divisions were teams from Polk County. Polk's junior team includes Ethan and Trent Dado, Mykayla Getschel, and Laura Jensen. The senior team is comprised of Bethany Dado, Brett Getschel, Cody Getschel and Chris Rassier.

SENIOR TEAM: Members of the winning senior dairy bowl team from Vernon County are counter clockwise from bottom left: Katie Wendorf, Arlisa Landis, Ryan Nigh, Coach Kent Wendorf and Kaleb Storm.

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 presented by Accelerated Genetics. High scores in the junior division this year went to Trent Dado of Polk County, Charles Moore of Grant County and Jordan Siemers of Manitowoc County. Also recognized for high scores in the senior division were Jace Neuser and Mitch Kappelman of Manitowoc County and Carissa Tolzman of Iowa County.

Holstein Boy and Girl

The highest honor of the convention was the naming of the Wisconsin Holstein Boy and Girl. Jacob Brey of Door County is the Holstein Boy and Danae Bauer of Waupaca County is the Holstein Girl.

Brey is the 20 year old son of Bill and Clarice Brey of Sturgeon Bay. He lives and works on Cycle Farm, his family's 240-cow registered Holstein herd. Brey is a sophomore at University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in dairy science with a business emphasis. On campus he is active in the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and Badger Dairy Club. This past summer, Jacob was selected as a National Distinguished Junior Member finalist at the National Holstein Convention in Minnesota. He also received his American FFA Degree last fall in Indianapolis, at the National FFA Convention. He is currently serving on the Junior Activities Committee (JAC).

JUNIOR TEAM: Members of the winning junior dairy bowl team from Manitowoc County clockwise from upper left are: Josh Siemers, Crystal Siemers-Peterman, Jordan Siemers and Jake Siemers, Coach Jeff Neuser and Coach Janina Siemers.

Bauer, 19, is the daughter of Frank and Ruth Bauer. She is very involved in the family's 400-cow dairy farm, Sandy-Valley. Her responsibilities on the farm include calf care, identification, clipping, merchandising, and helping out wherever needed. Bauer enjoys showing Holsteins and is very involved in 4-H. She is the president of the Waupaca-Waushara Junior Holstein Association. She has enjoyed dairy judging at county, state and national levels.

Others who received the Distinguished Junior Member Award include: Kelly Lee of Jefferson County, Laura Elliott of Dane County, Katie Wendorf of Vernon County, Kayla Solum of Barron County, Abbey Wethal of Dane County, Stephanie Nagel of Manitowoc County, Mitch Kappleman of Manitowoc County,  Jake Hoesly of Green County, Andrea Pagenkopf of Grant County, Nathan Huser of Wood County, Julia Cooper of Dane County, Carl Lippert of Wood County, and Lee Slattery of Wood County.

Four representatives in the Distinguished and Younger Distinguished Member category were selected to represent Wisconsin at the National Holstein Convention, which will be hosted by Virginia this June. Kelly Lee of Jefferson County, Danae Bauer of Waupaca County, Carl Lippert of Wood County, and Mitch Kappelman of Manitowoc County were all chosen to represent Wisconsin as Distinguished Junior Members. The Younger Member national delegates include Jessica Pralle of Clark County, Brooks Hendrickson of Green County and Jordan Siemers and Crystal Siemers-Peterman, both from Manitowoc County.

Other members receiving the Younger Member Awards are: Sean Brown of Iowa County, Katherine Larson of Vernon County, Jessica James of Iowa County, Nicole Wright of Jefferson County, Elizabeth Sarbacker of Dane County, MacKenzie Sarbacker of Dane County, Charles Hamilton of Grant County, Paige Hoesly of Green County, Logan Voights of Grant County; Andy Sell of Dodge County, Kayla Krueger of Waupaca County, Kaleb Storm of Vernon County, Sierra Huser of Wood County, Austin Nauman of LaCrosse County and Bryce Krull of Jefferson County.

Also receiving honors were 12, 12 & Under youth all excelling in Wisconsin Holstein activities and the dairy industry.

Wisconsin Holstein awarded nearly $13,000 in scholarships this year, and following the award presentation, an auction was held to raise funds for future awards. Scholarship winners include: Mitch Kappelman of Manitowoc County, Kelly Lee of Jefferson County, Dustin Huser of Wood County, Lee Slattery of Wood County, Hillary Hartley of Crawford County, Cara Biely, Manitowoc County, Kelly Sime of Dane County, Isaac Solum of Barron County, Brandon Kruswick of Door County, Kelsey Waldschmidt of Fond du Lac County, Paige Vossekuil of Fond du Lac County, Kayla Solum of Barron County and Christine McFarland of Jefferson County.

The 2011 Wisconsin Holstein Princess and Attendant were also crowned during the Sunday evening banquet. This year, Breinne Hendrickson of Green County will serve as the Princess and Carrie Warmka of Dodge County will join her as the Princess Attendant.

Four new Junior Activities Committee (JAC) members were selected for two year terms. The JAC group is responsible for coordinating and seeing through all junior events within the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association. Selected this year for the southwest district is Katie Wendorf of Vernon County, for the northwest Nathan Huser of Wood County, the southeast Brett Hildebrandt of Dodge County, and the northeast Cara Biely of Manitowoc County. These members will serve a two-year term as JACs, and join the second-year members Katie Wallenhorst of Lafayette County, William Coyne of Pierce County, Laura Elliott of Dane County and Jacob Brey of Door County.

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 in the junior division was Jake Siemers of Manitowoc County, the intermediate division Rachel Hartlaub of Manitowoc County, and the senior division Katie Wendorf of Vernon County. Placing second and third in the junior division were Josh Siemers of Manitowoc County and Zach Servais of Vernon County. In the intermediate division, Jordan Siemers of Manitowoc County took second, and Kaleb Storm of Vernon County was third. In the senior division, Brett Getschel of Polk County and Kelly Lee of Jefferson County placed second and third.

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 of a topic related to the dairy industry at a length assigned to their specific age division. Heading to National Convention this year are Courtney Moser of Vernon County, Connor Siemers of Manitowoc County, and Adam Field of Sauk County in the junior division. Crystal Siemers-Peterman of Manitowoc County, Kati Kindschuh of Fond du Lac County, and Taylor Moret of Crawford County qualified in the intermediate division. A strong senior division will send Kaitlin Riley of Crawford County, Breinne Hendrickson of Green County, and Jennifer Kindschuh of Fond du Lac County to the National contest in 2011.

The Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association awards interested junior members the opportunity to travel to an area of the state to tour farms and learn from their experience.  This "Farm Tour Trip" award was given to 12 recipients this year, including Jennifer Kindschuh of Fond du Lac County, Arlisa Landis of Vernon County, Dane Thompson of Barron County, Brett Hildebrandt of Dodge County, Kayla Krueger of Waupaca County, Amelia Cooper of Dane County, Lexa Miller of Wood County, Sean Brown of Iowa County, Anna Blake of Waushara County, Kristin Solum of Barron County, Tanya Smith of Green County and Bryce Krull of Jefferson County. The group will be traveling the state early this spring.

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