Wednesday, June 28

Dairy Jeopardy Competition was a Highlight

The 2017 National Holstein Convention has officially begun in beautiful Bellevue, Washington. The National Holstein Dairy Jeopardy contest marked the official start of the Junior Convention, and other contests were held throughout the day. In three age divisions, more than 70 participants competed for their shot at bringing home the top award. Here are the results:

Junior Division:
1st Place: Jenna Larson, Florida (center)
2nd Place: Jordan Anderson, Pennsylvania (right)
3rd Place: Louis Hamliett, Iowa (left)

Intermediate Division:
1st Place: Mackenzie Elmer, California (center)
2nd Place: Todd Allen,Maryland (left)
3rd Place: Daniel Clapp, Massachusetts (right)

Senior Division:
1st Place: Jordan Siemers, Wisconsin (left)
2nd Place: Douglas Boop, Pennsylvania (right)

At the Distinguished Junior Member (DJM) Luncheon, 12 DJM semi-finalists were honored. These youth interviewed today with a panel of judges, and the top six finalists will be announced Saturday afternoon at the National Junior Awards luncheon.

Katelyn Allen, Jefferson, Md.
Douglas Boop, Millmont, Pa.
Kristen Broege, Janesville, Wis.
Andy Dougherty, Epworth, Iowa
Emily Irwin, Belvidere, Ill.
Carley Krull, Lake Mills, Wis.
Laura Lesher, Bernville, Pa.
Tony Lopes, Gustine, Calif.
Austin Schmitt, Rice, Minn.
Jill Seiler, Valley Center, Kan.
Brooke Trustem, Evansville, Wis.
Hannah Van Dyk, Tulare, Calif.

The eight Young Distinguished Junior Members (YDJM) were also honored at the luncheon:

Jill Allen, Jefferson, Md.
Ryan Allen, Jefferson, Md.
Regan Demmer, Peosta, Iowa
Payton Erbsen, Lanark, Ill.
Hayley Fernandes, Tulare, Calif.
Brooke Kline, Newport, Pa.
Laura Littrell, St. Johnsville, N.Y.
Isaac Nelson, Sleepy Eye, Minn.

Juniors also competed throughout the day with the Prepared Public Speaking Contest and Dairy Knowledge Exam, the results for these two contests will be announced at the Awards Luncheon on Saturday.

Juniors visited the world-famous Seattle Space Needle. From the observation deck at the Space Needle, they could view Lake Union, Elliott Bay Marina, Queen Anne Hill, the Seattle Center, Cascade Mountains, and the Seattle Seahawk and Mariner fields. The night was capped off with dinner at the 100-foot level followed by dancing.

Juniors waiting to go up the Space Needle.
Learning a new line dance.

Check back tomorrow for more highlights from Convention Host Day activities and Washington Family Night!

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