Young Holstein enthusiasts prove they’re just as driven as adults


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The young people attending the annual convention of the Pa. Junior Holstein Association were busy.
The annual event, held Feb. 2-4 in West Middlesex, Pa., was filled with public speaking contests, poster contests, production award competitions, interviews, dairy bowl, farm tours, a talent show, a dance and awards presentations.
Top honors. Brent Schuler, son of David and Eileen Schuler, Fleetwood, Pa., and Clayton Wood, son of Steve and Chris Wood, Littlestown, Pa., were selected to represent Pennsylvania in the National Distinguished Junior Member contest to be held in June at the National Holstein Convention in Knoxville, Tenn.
Six finalists in the senior division completed a scrapbook listing their accomplishments in Holstein activities, schoolwork, community involvement, leadership and their ideas of the future in agriculture and the Holstein industry. Each finalists was also interviewed by a panel of judges.
In addition to the winners, other finalists were: Jenna Fox, Somerset County; Benjamin Cashell, Franklin County; Amanda Shaffer, Snyder County; and David Wilson, Juniata County.
Intermediate division. Intermediate finalists in the Distinguished Junior member competition were: Timothy Betz, Northumberland/Montour Club; Dustin Gates, Centre County; Jill McWilliams, Somerset County; Ashley Stoltzfus, Somerset County; Justin Turton, Potter County; Corbin Wood, Adams County.
Gates and Wood were named division winners.
Juniors. In the junior division, the five Distinguished Junior Member finalists were: Austin Acel, Crawford County; Zachary Betz, Northumberland/Montour Club; Kathryn Osborne, Perry County; Hannah Riser, Adams County; and Emily Rush, Washington County.
Osborne and Riser were named the division winners.
Scholarship. Five individuals received a $1,000 Pennsylvania Holstein Youth Scholarship. The 2007 winners include:


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