Youth take part in Holstein Foundation competitions at the National Holstein Convention
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Youth take part in Holstein Foundation competitions at the National Holstein Convention


Congratulations to all participants who took part and succeeded at the 2024 Holstein National Convention.

The winning Junior Pennsylvania team included members Aiden Empet, Madison Soden, Selah Lewis, Ian Briechle and Mike Kowalewski. The awards were provided by Dairy Management Inc. and presented by Daniel Buttars. (Courtesy photo)

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Young Holstein enthusiasts put their milk knowledge to the test in the Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy and Dairy Knowledge Exam competitions during the 2024 Holstein National Convention held June 24-27 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“More than 250 young people competed in the three competitions,” says Diedra Harkenrider, director of development and fundraising at the Holstein Foundation. “These Juniors are competitors during the day. In the evenings, they gather for games, dancing and fun. Building friendships with young members from all over the country is a huge benefit of the National Junior Holstein Convention.”

Dairy Danger

Sixty-three contestants from 21 states competed in Dairy Jeopardy. The contest is based on the popular game show and features a wide range of dairy-related questions in multiple categories. Below are the top three contestants in each age category.

Junior Category (9-13 years old)
1st: Emma Mast, California

2nd: Daphne Frericks, Minnesota

3rd: Meghan Browning, Maryland

Intermediate category (ages 14 to 17)
1.: Elsie Donlick, New York

2nd Place: Jillian Anderson, Pennsylvania

3rd: Kyle Ainger, Illinois

Senior Division (ages 18 to 21)
1.: Annika Donlick, New York

2nd Place: Kristen Houser Whitehill, Pennsylvania

3rd: Rachel Craun, Virginia

Emma Mast of California, Annika Donlick of New York and Elsie Donlick of New York won their categories in the Dairy Jeopardy competition at the 2024 Holstein National Convention. (Courtesy photo)

Milk bowl

In the National Dairy Bowl competition, four-person teams compete in two age groups: Junior, ages 9-15, and Senior, ages 16-21. This year, the competition was fierce, with a total of 26 teams from 18 states competing in the two age groups.

The Junior Division championship game pitted New York and Pennsylvania against each other, with Pennsylvania team members Ian Briechle, Aiden Empet, Madison Soden, Selah Lewis and coach Mike Kowaleski taking the title.

New York’s team consisted of Josiah Freier, Abigail Freier, Noah Lovell, Luke Taylor, coach Dale Freier and assistant coach Jonathan Taylor. Rounding out the top five teams in the Junior Dairy Bowl were Illinois in third place, New England in fourth and California in fifth.

In the Senior Division, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin competed for first place. The winning Pennsylvania team consisted of Madelynn Hoffman, Alexa Hoffman, Jacob Bramm, AJ Wanner and coach Epsucheolige Hoffman.

The Wisconsin Senior Second Team featured Logan Harbaugh, Jacob Harbaugh, Evan Jauquet, Sydney Gwidt, Claire Betley and coaches Sara Harbaugh and Heather Jaquet. The New England team finished third, New York fourth and Iowa fifth.

J. George and Anna Smith Sportsmanship Awards are awarded to one Dairy Bowl team in each division that best exemplifies the principles of courtesy, friendliness and team spirit during the competition. Each team receives a cash prize and a plaque.

In the junior division, the award went to the Wisconsin team consisting of Tristen Ostrom, Evan Brey, Ian Brick, Alivia Wiese and coach Peggy Coffeen. In the senior division, the honor went to the New England team, whose members were Katelyn Poitras, Lorryn Trujillo, Sydney Bullard, Charlie Haynes and coach Nicole Schwab.

Dairy Knowledge Exam

The Dairy Knowledge Exam is open to any young person attending the National Junior Holstein Convention who wants to test their dairy knowledge in a 25-question written test. This year, 170 young people took the written test. Similar to the Dairy Bowl, the youth are divided into two age groups. The top three finishers in each division on the Dairy Knowledge Exam are:

Junior Division
1.: Josiah Freier, New York
2nd: Landon Jenkins, Pennsylvania
3rd: Fernando Valadao, California

Senior Division
1.: Elsie Donlick, New York
2nd: Annika Donlick, New York
3rd: Jon Chapman, California

Congratulations to all participants who attended and succeeded at the 2024 National Holstein Convention! For more information about Holstein Foundation youth programs, visit or contact Diedra Harkenrider, Director of Development for the Holstein Foundation and Holstein Association USA, at [email protected].

This Holstein FoundationThe company’s educational, leadership development and outreach programs serve both youth and young adults nationwide who raise all breeds of dairy cattle.

The Holstein Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1989. It is headquartered in Brattleboro, Vermont, and shares office space with its parent organization, Holstein Association USA, Inc.

-Holstein Foundation