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Distinguished Junior Member Competition

The Distinguished Junior Member award recognizes 17-21 year olds who have excelled in preparing for their life's work, while contributing to their local and state Holstein activities.

Established in 1922, this contest is the longest running Holstein youth program, and is the highest honor that can be given to a Junior Holstein member.

Each state, based on their National Junior Membership, may nominate up to four youth to compete in the National contest. Contestants prepare entry books summarizing their Junior Holstein activities and provide their views on current industry topics.

Semifinalists are chosen to attend the National Holstein Convention, where Distinguished Junior Member finalists are selected. The top DJMs receive an annual renewed adult membership with the Holstein Association USA, Inc.

DJM Application & Forms
2016 Application
DJM Form 1


pdf View Past Recipients

Congratulations to the
2016 Distinguished Junior Member Semifinalists

Matthew Kramer, WI
Lucas Plamann, MN
Nicole Pralle, WI
Elizabeth Sarbacker, WI
Jordan Siemers, WI
Kayla Windecker, NY

Click here to watch videos from past finalists