The annual Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention was held at Glacier Canyon Lodge, Jan. 3-5 at Wisconsin Dells. Some 500 Holstein members, chaperones, and volunteers were in attendance to help make the weekend a huge 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 30 junior, 24 senior, and 10 rookie teams competed.
More than 100 volunteers helped coordinate dairy bowl matches, dairy jeopardy contests, and the speaking contest. As the dairy bowl contest came to a close, the Shawano County juniors took top honors in the junior division, and the Polk County seniors defeated Dodge County twice to earn the honor to represent Wisconsin at the National Holstein Convention in Iowa. Shawano County's team included Mason and Carter Jauquet, Nathan Ferfecki and Ben Schmidt. Polk County's team was comprised of Chris Rassier, Ethan Dado, Bethany Dado and Cody Getschel, with alternate Tayler Elwood.
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. High scores in the junior division this year went to Adam Field of the District 5 Juniors, Tyler Franklin of St. Croix County, and Dawson Nickels of Dodge County. Recognized for high scores in the senior division were Andy Sell of Dodge County, Lizi Endres of Dane County and Charlie Hamilton of Grant 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 was Brian McCullough of Green County in the junior division, Jordan Siemers of Manitowoc County in the intermediate division, and Andy Sell of Dodge County in the senior division. Placing second and third in the junior division were Abby Field of the District 5 Junior Club and Clarissa Ulness of Manitowoc County. In the intermediate division, Sanne DeBruijn of Manitowoc County took second, and Hannah Nelson of Pierce County was third. In the senior division, Lizi Endres of Dane County and Ethan Dado of Polk County placed second and third, respectively.
In the speaking contest, Wisconsin can send up to three delegates in each division to 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 national convention this year are Connor Siemers of Manitowoc County, Cole Booth of Sheboygan County, and Elise Bleck of Sheboygan County in the junior division. Jessica Steger of Crawford County, Josh Siemers of Manitowoc County and Kelsey Cramer of Green County qualified in the intermediate division. Representing the senior division will be Jessica Pralle of Clark County, Kristen Broege of Rock County and Mackenzie Sarbacker of Dane County.