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Distinguished Junior Member Competition
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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.

There is no limit to the number of applications each state can send. Contestants prepare entry books summarizing their Junior Holstein activities and provide their views on current industry topics.

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

DJM Application & Forms
2021 Application
DJM Form 1


pdf View Past Recipients

Congratulations to the
2022 Distinguished Junior Member Semifinalists

Nicole Broege Hayley Fernandes Josh Gerbitz Kendal Jenkins
Jill Allen
Jefferson, MD
Ryan Allen
Jefferson, MD
Elise Bleck
Glenbeulah, WI
Regan Demmer Peosta, IA
Benjamin Kronberg Laura Littrell Isaac Nelson Gregory Norris
Payton Erbsen
Lanark, IL
Jasenko Gavranovic
New Ulm, Minnesota
Matthew Gunst
Hartford, WI
Hannah Hockerman Westfield, WI
Chelsey Patch Rachel Rouland Elizabeth Stoltzfus Madison Weaver
Hannah Houseknecht
Columbia Cross Roads, PA
Brian McCullough
Juda, WI
Jonathan McGee Clearfield, PA Blake Wright
Verona, MO

Click here to watch videos from past finalists