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Jersey Juniors alerted to contest deadlines

MEADVILLE, Pa. -- February 15 is the deadline for the Pennsylvania Jersey Cattle Association (PJCA)'s youth awards, including the Youth Achievement Award, First Year Project Award, Youth Production Contest, Scrapbook Contest, Scholarship Award and Jersey Queen Contest; while the Speech and Dairy Jeopardy Contest applications are due March 15.

All Pennsylvania Jersey youths are eligible to participate in the youth activities sponsored by the PJCA if they or their families are members of the PJCA. The Pennsylvania Jersey Juniors represent one of the largest, most active state junior Jersey associations in the country.

Join the excitement of the Jersey breed and apply today for a number of these awards and contests. Prizes are awarded to the winner of the Achievement, First Year Project Award, Youth Production, Scrapbook, Scholarship and Jersey Queen contests, and to the top three participants of the Speech and Dairy Jeopardy contest. This year’s meeting will be held in Williamsport, March 28-29.

The PJCA Board of Directors and Youth Committee are offering up to four youths who compete in the Speech and Dairy Jeopardy contests an opportunity to attend the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) annual meeting and National Speech and Dairy Jeopardy contests by paying for their registration fee for the AJCA annual meeting to be held in Alexandria, Va. More details will be released closer to the time of the contests in March to announce how the four youth will be selected.
Youth Achievement Awards

The Youth Achievement Award is given to recognize a youth’s accomplishments with Registered Jersey cattle throughout the 2013 project year. Interested applicants must be the owner of one or more registered Jersey cattle and be between the ages of 9 and 20, as of January 1, 2014. Awards will be given in three different age cat­egories: Junior division, 9 to 12 years of age; Intermediate division, 12 to 16 years of age; and Senior division, 17 to 21 years of age.

First Year Project Award

The Outstanding First Year Project Award contest is open to active Jersey members of an organized 4-H club, who are 9 to 12 years of age. Only Juniors that completed their first project year in 2013 are eligible to apply for this award. Contestants are required to submit an application and their official 4-H Project Record Book along with a handwritten story entitled, “Highlights of My First Jersey Project Year.”

Youth Production Awards

Junior owners of Jersey cattle are eligible to compete in the state’s youth production contest. Jersey juniors 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, 2013 to December 31, 2013, and complete the entry form available from the PJCA. The 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. To enter, mail the official individual cow record and entry form signed by the applicant.

Scrapbook Contest

The PJCA selects outstanding scrapbook awards in two divisions: Junior (8-13) and Senior (14-20). The scrapbooks are to pertain to the contestants’ Jersey project(s) during the 2013 calendar year. 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 by the youth with little assistance from others.

Speech Contest

Youth deliver demonstrations or speeches that focus 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. The presentations will be made at the annual meeting and 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.

Junior division contestants present demonstrations between four and six minutes in length and posters may be used in addition to demonstra­tion materials. Participants in the Intermediate and Senior divisions must present speeches between five and seven minutes in length and visual aids are not allowed. Speaker notes are permitted. Judges will ask questions after each presentation is completed and the judging will be open for viewing by interested parties.

Contestants will be scored on the basis of 50 points, as follows: topic selection and content, 15 points; organization of speech, 10 points; vocal presentation, 10 points; presentation and effectiveness, 10 points; and response to questions, 5 points. One point will be subtracted from the total point score for each 30 seconds over or under the required speaking time.

Dairy Jeopardy

The Dairy Jeopardy contest is among the newest of the programs available to Pennsylvania Juniors and is managed by the Penn State Dairy Science Club. The dairy knowledge competition gives youth the opportunity to compete as individuals in two age categories: Junior (8-13) and senior (14-20). Similar to the popular television game show, contestants are asked questions about the dairy industry. Dairy Jeopardy is a fun event that allows the juniors to demonstrate their knowledge independently.

Scholarship Awards

The PJCA will offer two scholarships available to Jersey youths 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 for at least two years. Previous scholarship recipients are eligible to re-apply for these scholarships. Scholarship winners will be announced in the spring during the PJCA annual meeting; however, the scholarship awardees will not receive scholarship money until they present their transcripts upon the completion of the following fall semester.

Jersey Queen Contest

Pennsylvania Jersey breeders annually select a Jersey Queen to represent the Jersey breed at various functions and events through the state. The Queen Contest will be held in conjunction with the Junior recogni­tion program, at the PJCA 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, 2014.

The Pennsylvania Jersey Queen will represent Pennsylvania at the National Jersey Queen Contest held in conjunction with The All American Jersey Show in Louisville, Ky. The state Jersey royalty is encouraged to attend various Jersey shows, sales and functions across the state to promote the breed.

Submissions

To be eligible to apply for the awards youth must be a PJCA member or their parents must have an active membership. To become a member please visit the PJCA’s website http://pennsylvaniajerseys.usjersey.com

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, 2014. Applications for the Youth Achievement, First-Year Project, Youth Production, Scrapbook, Scholarship and Jersey Queen must be postmarked by February 15. Entry forms for the Speech and Dairy Jeopardy contests must be submitted by March 15. Submit applications to Renée Norman-Kenny, 749 McClain Road, Enon Valley, PA 16120. No applications will be accepted by e-mail or fax.