Pa. Holstein Association junior members awarded

Holstein dairy cows.

LANCASTER, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Junior Holstein Convention was Feb. 2-4 at the Lancaster Marriott and Convention Center, Lancaster.

Four individuals were recognized as finalists in the senior division of the Distinguished Junior Member contest: Brooke Carey, Crawford County; Daniel Kitchen, Northumberland County; Mark Kitchen, Northumberland County; and Taylor Pool, Berks County.

The winners are Daniel Kitchen son of Randy and Pat Kitchen and Taylor Pool, daughter of David and Martha Pool.

The intermediate division of the Distinguished Junior Member contest recognized six finalists: Audrie Risser, Lebanon County; Kendal Jenkins, Bradford County; Olivia Lesher, Berks County; Quinn Dum, Perry County; Abigail Stoltzfus, Somerset County; and Hannah Houseknecht, Bradford County.

The winners are Olivia Lesher, daughter of William and Lolly Lesher and Audrie Risser, daughter of John and Alisha Risser.

The junior division of the Distinguished Junior Member contest recognized six finalists: Gavin Bewley, Susquehanna County;

Graeson Brickner, Cumberland County; Logan Irwin, Crawford County; Hannah Lyons, Crawford County; Makenna Mase, Crawford County; and Evelyn Troutman, Lebanon County.

The winners are Makenna Mase, daughter of Garrett and Maggie Mase and Evelyn Troutman, daughter of Justin and Renee Troutman.


The Pennsylvania Junior Holstein “PAL” of the Year recognizes an adult leader, parent or friend who is always there for the youth program. This year’s recipient is Beth Raney of State College.

Raney was active in Pennsylvania Junior Holstein programs as a junior member from Clarion County. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1981 with a degree in Home Economics Education.

She began her 35-year Penn State Extension career as a 4-H and Youth Development Agent in Lawrence County. In 1984 she moved to State College where she worked in the College of Ag Sciences Information and Technology unit.

She spent from 2006-2017 with the National Extension Program as professional development leader.

Since her retirement in 2016, she is a substitute teacher at the State College Friends School.


Three youth received the Pennsylvania Holstein Youth Scholarship. The scholarship is a $1,500 award to be used by each winner to better themselves through a post-secondary educational program. The 2018 recipients include: Brooke Carey, Titusville, Crawford County; Daniel Kitchen, Danville, Northumberland County; and Mark Kitchen, Danville, Northumberland County.

Logan Irwin, Crawford County, won second place in the junior extemporaneous speech contest. Lane Kummer, Butler County won second place in the intermediate division and Brianna Proctor, Crawford county won first in the senior division.

Proctor also took first in the senior division essay contest our to 21 participants.

The Dairy Jeopardy contest had 37 contestants with Olivia Kennedy, Crawford County, winning third in the junior division and Aaron Telsez, Lawrence County, winning second in the intermediate division.

In the On the Street Interview contest Lily Ansell, Butler County, won the junior division.

In the photo contest, there were over 100 photographs submitted. Elsie Sturgeon, Lawrence County, won the “people” category.

Trevor Raney, Crawford County took home first in the Prepared Public Speaking contest in the junior division.

Lastly, Makenna Mase, Crawford County was awarded first in the junior division of the Scientific Folding Display contest and Seth Sturgeon, Lawrence County was awarded third in the intermediate division.

Many of the winners will represent Pennsylvania in June at the National Holstein Convention in Michigan.


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