Five Junior Holstein Association members from Washington state took home awards from the National Holstein Convention June 27-July 1 in Saratoga, N.Y.

The Washington State Holstein Association took 21 junior members to the convention to compete in jeopardy, quiz tournaments and banner-making contests.

The convention is aimed at educating young people about the dairy industry, providing opportunities to see dairy operations across the U.S. and helping young farmers network.

Among the Washington contingent was Cassy Schilter from Chehalis, Wash., who won the Junior Jeopardy contest. Michelle Schilter, a planning committee member and Cassy’s mother, said Cassy is the first junior member from Washington to win the national contest.

The Washington state juniors also won the banner-making contest, beating out contestants from nine other states.

“It’s pretty amazing how many juniors were there,” Schilter said. “Our kids did a really great job working as a team on the banner.”

The convention is hosted by the National Holstein Association, which has 20,000 adult members and 8,000 junior members. The association is open to anyone interested in breeding, raising and milking registered Holstein cattle.

Schilter said the convention, which is held in different locations from year to year, is a great opportunity for kids to see a world beyond their own backyard.

The 2017 National Holstein Convention will be at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bellevue, Wash. Schilter said she expects between 1,500 and 2,000 people to attend the convention.

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