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Youth 19 years-of-age and younger are eligible to participate in the youth activities sponsored by the PJCA. Pennsylvania juniors represent one of the largest, most active state junior Jersey clubs in the country.

More than 25 juniors participated in competitions held during the annual meetings. Winners
of the youth achievement contest included Blaine Warburton, second row far right, junior division; Jordan Anderson, back row third right, intermediate division; and Hannah Diel, front row
far right, senior division. Ethan Knapp, second row third right, was winner of the first year project. All photos courtesy Renee Norman Kenny.

Youth memberships are available for $5 per year. Youth whose family or farm are PJCA members are already youth members. Members will receive a complimentary subscription to the Jerseys East Newsletter, which is published three times a year.

Each spring, junior members gather for the youth awards recognition, held in conjunction with the PJCA annual meeting, to honor peers at a banquet for their accomplishments throughout the year. Juniors are also eligible to purchase Registered Jerseys in the Pot of Gold Sale held during the event and compete for prizes in the ensuing production contest.

Pennsylvania Youth Achievement Awards
The Youth Achievement Awards are given to recognize the youth’s accomplishments with Registered Jersey cattle. Applicants must be the owner of one or more registered Jersey cattle and between the ages of 9 and 20, as of January 1 of the contest year. Awards will be given in three different age categories: Junior division, 9 to 12 years of age; Intermediate division, 13 to 16 years of age; and Senior division, 17 to 20 years of age.

First Year Project Award
An outstanding First Year Project Award contest is open to active Jersey members of an organized 4-H club, who are 8 to 12 years of age. Only juniors that completed their first project year in the year of the contest are eligible to apply for this award. Contestants are required to submit the application along with a handwritten story entitled, “Highlights of My First Jersey Project Year.”

Pennsylvania Youth Production Awards
Junior owners of Jersey cattle are eligible to compete in the state’s youth production contest. Jersey juniors (ages 8 to 20) can nominate their registered Jerseys on official DHI or DHIA test for these awards. To submit an entry, members must present an official individual cow record that bears an issue date from January 1 to December 31 of the contest year. This form is required to give contest officials a 305 2x mature equivalent value for the records submitted. All submitted records will be judged on mature equivalent (ME) protein production, with the top record earning the Jacob Brunges Production Award. Contestants are only allowed to enter one record per year.

Scrapbook Awards
The PJCA selects outstanding scrapbook awards in three divisions: Junior division, 8 to 11 years of age; Intermediate division, 12 to 15 years of age; and Senior division, 16 to 20 years of age. The scrapbooks are to pertain to the contestants’ Jersey project(s) during the calendar year of the contest. All scrapbooks will be evaluated on both the quality and quantity of their contents along with the artistic skill and creativeness shown in their development. Scrapbook must be completed solely by the
applicant.

Audrey Staples, left, was recognized for winning the junior division of the scrapbook contest while Willow Voegtlen took honors in the senior division.

Speech Contest
Youth attending the annual meeting can compete in the speech contest by delivering a speech that focuses on any phase of Jersey business, including current affairs and dairy industry trends. Judges will evaluate the speaker’s personal interest in the topic, as well as its appropriateness for a general dairy audience. Participants will compete for prizes in one of three age divisions: junior division, 8 to 11 years of age; intermediate division, 12 to 15 years of age; and senior division, 16 to 20 years of age. Winners of each division will be asked to deliver their award winning speech at the youth banquet.

Juniors to place in the speech contest included (back row, left to right) Ainsley Staples, Audrey Staples, Mason Davis, Ayla Blatt, Blaine Warburton, (front) Riley Thompson and Willow Voegtlen. Not pictured are Zachary Diehl and Sawyer Whitenight.

Dairy Jeopardy
The Dairy Jeopardy contest is a dairy knowledge competition that gives youth the opportunity to compete as individuals in two age categories: junior division, 8-13 years of age; and senior division, 14-20 years of age. Similar to the popular television game show, contestants are asked questions about the dairy industry. The contest is coordinated and conducted by the Penn State Dairy Science Club.

Juniors placing in the dairy jeopardy contest include (back row, left to right) Maxwell Knapp, Jillian Anderson, Willow Voegtlen, Hannah Diehl, (front) Jordan Anderson and Ayla Blatt.

Scholarships
Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to Jersey youth attending a college or who are high school students planning to enroll in a college program within one year of high school graduation. Applicants must have been actively involved with Jersey cattle. Previous scholarship recipients are eligible to reapply for these scholarships.

Pennsylvania Jersey Queen Contest
Pennsylvania Jersey breeders annually select a state Jersey Queen to represent the Jersey breed at various functions and events throughout the state. The Queen Contest will be held in conjunction with the junior recognition banquet at the annual meeting. To be eligible to compete, the Pennsylvania Jersey Queen contestants must live in Pennsylvania, be a daughter or granddaughter of a Jersey breeder or own one or more Jerseys, and be a member or have a family membership to the PJCA. Contestants must be at least 16 years of age, but not older than 22, on January 1 of the contest year.

Pennsylvania Jersey royalty recognized at the meeting included Maria Noble, 2016 National Jersey Queen, Jaydyn Isiminger, 2017 Pennsylvania Alternate Jersey Queen, Lane Kummer, 2017 Pennsylvania Jersey Queen, and Brooke Ostrander, 2015 Pennsylvania Jersey Queen.

Pot of Gold Sale and Production Contest
The Pot of Gold program was established to give juniors the chance to purchase quality foundation cattle for their herds and compete for prizes in a production contest just for heifers sold through the sale.

The Pot of Gold Sale, open only to juniors, is held when possible in conjunction with the PJCA annual meeting in the spring. The production contest that is held three years later is for the first-lactation records of these heifers, based on cheese yield dollar value.

This program is just one of a handful of Pot of Gold programs that provide opportunity for juniors at the state level. Juniors from other states are eligible to purchase heifers from the Pennsylvania Pot of Gold Sale if they are members of another state club.

Submissions
Contact Renée Norman-Kenny at norman.renee@gmail.com or 570/419-5188 to request an application form or with any questions about an award or the PJCA youth program. All ages are as of January 1 of the contest year. Applications for Achievement, First Year Project Award, Youth Production, Scrapbook, Scholarship and Jersey Queen applications must be postmarked no later than February 10, and submitted to Renée Norman-Kenny at 749 McClain Road, Enon Valley, PA 16120. Entry forms for the Speech and Dairy Jeopardy contests must be submitted by March 3. Applications WILL NOT be accepted late or by e-mail or fax.

 
 
 

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