More than 400 members, parents and industry representatives attended the 2008 Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention held Dec. 28-30 at the Madison Marriott West Hotel in Middleton. The convention was hosted by the Jefferson County Junior Holstein Association.
Throughout the convention, junior members were encouraged to participate in numerous contests, including speaking, arts and crafts, photography, dairy jeopardy, and dairy quiz bowl. The largest competition of the weekend was dairy quiz bowl, in which 27 junior and 21 senior teams competed.
Heather Petersheim of Viroqua is the 2008 Wisconsin Holstein Girl, while Clayton Wohlk of Almena is the 2008 Wisconsin Holstein Boy.
The junior and senior dairy bowl teams from Vernon County earned the right to represent Wisconsin at the National Holstein Convention in the Dairy Bowl Contest in June.
The Vernon County junior team beat Fond du Lac County in the finals. Vernon County team members are Captain Katie Wendorf, Thomas Larson, Colin Landis and Arlis Landis. Fond du Lac County team members are Captain Nicholas Schuster, Matthew O'Leary, Ben Julka and Cole Tidemann.
In the senior dairy bowl competition Vernon County beat Door County. Members of the Vernon County team are Captain Ashley Peterson, Brian Wendorf, Heather Petersheim and Derek Petersheim. Door County team members are Jacob Brey, Ben Kinnard, Brandon Kruswick and Garrett Rass.
Holstein Boy and Girl
The highlight of the convention was naming the 2007 Wisconsin Outstanding Holstein Boy and Girl. Clayton Wohlk of Barron County is the Outstanding Holstein Boy. He is the 20-year-old son of Glen and Susan Wohlk of Almena. He grew up on a 50-cow registered Holstein dairy farm. Clayton is finishing his two-year term on the Wisconsin Junior Activities Committee on which he served as chairman. He is a junior at University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in dairy science.
Heather Petersheim, 20, of Vernon County, is the daughter of Ralph and Sheila Petersheim of Viroqua. She is currently working on the home farm, Welsh-Edge Registered Holsteins. She also serves on the Wisconsin Junior Activities Committee and is president of the Vernon County Junior Holstein Association.
From left, Danyel Hosto, 20, of Green County; Clayton Wohlk, 20, of Barron County; JR Boyke, 20, of Fond du Lac County and Heather Petersheim, 20, of Vernon County, will represent Wisconsin as Distinguished Junior Members at the national Holstein convention in June.
Of the exceptional youth recognized, 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 Wisconsin in Wisconsin Dells this June. Clayton Wohlk, Heather Petersheim, JR Boyke, 20, of Fond du Lac County and Danyel Hosto, 20, of Green County will represent Wisconsin as Distinguished Junior Members at the national convention. Distinguished National Younger Member delegates are: Ryan O'Leary, 16, of Fond du Lac County; Abbey Wethel, 16, of Dane County; and Nicole Smith, 16, and Breinne Hendrickson, 15, both of Green County.
Distinguished National Younger Member delegates are from left: Breinne Hendrickson, 15, of Green County; Ryan O'Leary, 16, of Fond du Lac County; Abbey Wethel, 16, of Dane County; and Nicole Smith, 16, of Green County.
New JAC members
Four new members were elected to the Junior Activities Committee. Selected this year from the northeast district was Ben Kinnard of Door County, for the southeast district is Ty Hildebrandt of Dodge County, southwest district was Kayla Moret of Crawford County and from the northwest district is Bryan Coyne of Pierce County. These members will serve a two-year term on the JAC committee, and join the second-year members Kenny Ryan of Fond du Lac County, Amber Elliott of Dane County, Heather Petersheim of Vernon County and Paul Lippert of Wood County.
The 2007 Wisconsin Holstein Princess and Attendant were also crowned at the convention. This year, Shianne Lurvey of Richland County will serve as the WHA Princess, and Jessica Lundgren of Polk County will join her as the WHA Princess Attendant.
All juniors had the chance to compete in Dairy Jeopardy. The top competitor in each of three age brackets for this event has the opportunity to compete at the national level. Qualifying this year in the junior division was Mackenzie Nickels, the intermediate division Jacob Brey, and the senior division Lee Slattery. Placing second and third in the junior division were Crystal Siemers-Peterman and Jordan Siemers. In the intermediate division, Danielle Brown and Katie Wendorf took second and third, and in the senior division, Brian Coyne and Kristin Natzke took second and third place honors.
* For teams to be seated in the dairy bowl contest, they must take a seating exam when they first arrive at convention. Those individuals scoring well are recognized with awards presented by Accelerated Genetics. High scores in the junior division this year went to Katie Wendorf of Vernon County, with 23 out of 25 questions correct. Also recognized for high scores in the junior division were Rachel Hartlaub of Manitowoc County and Kristin Solum of Polk County. Leading the senior division was Michelle Heeg and Stephanie Weyerts of Wood County, and Brandon Kruswick of Door County.
*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 ten recipients this year, including Aaron Bohn, Frank Behling, and Kyle Natzke of Dodge County, Jacob Brey, Ben Kinnard, and Brandon Kruswick of Door County, Danielle Brown of Iowa County, Laura Elliott of Dane County, Bryant Long of Waupaca County, and Joshua Silverthorn of Winnebago County. The group will be traveling to the North and Northwestern area of the state in early spring.
*Junior members acknowledged as Junior Progressive Breeders for owning and breeding their milking animals producing 30,000, to over 200,000 pounds of milk in one lactation or over their lifetime. Members with cows that produced over 200,000 pounds of milk in their lifetime included Krysty Kepler from Richland County, Kayla Moret of Crawford County, Trent Hendrickson of Green County, and Bryant and Bret Long of Waupaca County.
*In the speaking contests, Wisconsin can send up to three delegates to compete at national convention. To compete, juniors must prepare a speech of a topic related to the dairy industry at a length assigned to their specific age division. Those eligible this year are Crystal Siemers-Peterman, Charlie Hamilton, and Thomas Larson from the junior division, Kelly Lee, Ben Julka, and Michelle Gutenberger in the intermediate division, and Daniel Petersheim, Theresa Schiferl, and Ashley Julka in the senior division.
Vernon County won the junior dairy bowl competition. Team members are clockwise from lower right: Katie Wendorf, captain, Kent Wendorf, coach, Colin Landis, Thomas Larson and Arlisa Landis.
JR. DAIRY BOWL RUNNERS UP: The Fond du Lac County junior dairy bowl team finished second. Team members are clockwise from upper left: Matthew O'Leary, Ben Julka, Cole Tidemann, Captain Nicholas Schuster and Coach Randy Julka.
Winning Senior Dairy Bowl Team members are clockwise from upper left, Brian Wendorf, Kent Wendorf, coach, Derek Petersheim, Heather Petersheim and Ashley Peterson, captain.
The Door County senior dairy bowl team finished second. Team members are clockwise from upper left: Brandon Kruswick, Ben Kinnard, Captain Jacob Brey, Coach Clarice Brey and Garrett Rass.
Shianne Lurvey, seated, is Princess, and Jessica Lundgren is Princess Attendant.