January 15 - 16, 2021
Lodge at Port Arrowhead, Lake Ozark

Due to Covid and the new MO Dairy group - the schedule will be more condensed this year and will be held at Lake Ozark.

So make plans now to attend the annual Junior membership meeting. Some of the issues and events to be discussed are:

  • Junior Award Presentation - FRIDAY EVENING!
  • Runoff of Prepared Public Speaking Speeches on Saturday.
  • Activities for coming year.
  • Convention and contests for 2021
  • Princess & Miss interviews
  • Junior All-Missouri awards
  • Scholarship presentations
  • Election of 2021 officer team!

Our Friday night will look a little different than in past years. Instead of having a pizza and pool party the Junior awards will be presented during the Halftime of the MO Dairy social event. Princess and Miss interviews and crowning will also take place Friday evening.

Interested in competing at the National Convention in the Prepared Public Speaking Contest? Missouri is only allowed three slots for competitors. Therefore, we will need to have a speech runoff on Saturday, Jan. 16 for those juniors who are interested. Contact Shannon or Katie to schedule your time and if you have any questions.

We look forward to a large crowd of juniors attending our meeting. This is the most important planning session the juniors have all year. So, be sure to plan on attending and don't forget to make your room reservations and lunch reservations. Call if you have any questions. See you in January!
To make hotel reservations contact the hotel directly:

Lodge at Port Arrowhead, 573-693-9988
Request the MO Dairy Expo room block.

Shannon Wilson-Kleiboeker & Katie Wantland, (417) 737-2876

Click below for Holstein Convention Schedule

Prepared Public Speaking Competition Run Off

This is a popular competition among Missouri youth and Missouri has been very successful over the years.

Because Missouri is only allowed 3 total slots across all age divisions we are going to host a run off on Saturday, January 16 at the state convention. So contact Shannon or Katie to schedule your time slot for your speech. Below are the contest rules and time limits.

Click Here for Speech Rules

Jr. Convention Auction - Donations NEEDED!

Silent Auction at State Convention - Friday evening, January 15

A few junior items will be offered for silent auction on Friday evening. The juniors are thankful for any donations. Please turn in your items to Shannon Kleiboeker or Katie Wantland Friday afternoon. THANK YOU - Shannon!

Jr. All-Missouri Awards

Because of Covid and the absence of Junior shows, Jr All-MO Awards will be based on the state show.

Letters will be going out to junior winners to notify them if they are going to be receiving any type of award at the state convention. We love to have everyone there to receive their award. So be sure to mark your calendars for January 15-16 in Lake Ozark.

National Convention Teams and Competitions

Yes, I know it seems early, but...

Time to start thinking about National Convention, Pennsylvania! We will have sign-ups at State Convention for contests, or they can let me know at anytime if they are interested in competing. Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy, Folding Display, Digital Scrapbook, Public Speaking, and Banner.

So, be thinking if you are interested in participating or trying out one of these events next year at the National Convention. It takes time to study and prepare for your best performance in all of these competitions.

National Convention 2021 will be in Lancaster, PA from June 21 - 25. If you have any questions or are interested let Shannon / Katie know. See you there!!


Several activities are planned at our state convention. Make plans now to attend.

SCHEDULE: Friday Evening, January 15

  • Noon Luncheon Speaker "How Milk Marketing Influences Your Milk Check"
  • 4:15 PM MHA Committee Meetings
  • 5:00 PM MO Dairy Social and Meal with cash bar. Washers Tournament
  • 6:00 PM Missouri Junior Holstein Association (MHA) Princess / Little Miss Interviews
  • 7:00 PM Awards: Junior & Adult All-Missouri, Futurity and Cow of the Year Presentation
    (During halftime of tournament)
SCHEDULE: Saturday, January 16

  • 8:00 a.m. Junior Speech Runnoff competition
  • 9:45 a.m. Missouri Holstein Association (MHA) Board Meeting
  • 10:30 a.m. Missouri Holstein Association (MHA) Annual Meeting
  • 10:30 a.m. Missouri Junior Holstein Association (MHA) Annual Meeting
  • Scheduled Missouri Junior Holstein Association Prepared Speech Runoff
  • Box Lunch available through MO Dairy ($10) - no formal lunch program
We look forward to seeing you all in January! (We're always hoping for nice weather!) Sleeping room reservations may be made by calling the Hotel

Lodge at Port Arrowhead, 573-693-9988


Scholarships to Support Agriculture’s Future
A Comprehensive list by Hoard's Dairyman

Are you college bound next fall? Planning to attend graduate school to continue your education? Applying for scholarships to assist in funding your efforts can be well worth the time put into filling out the applications.

1. Where to find dairy scholarships?
The Hoard’s Dairyman list of scholarships is where I looked when I was a senior in high school. Also, check out your school or college’s department for scholarships the school gives out or knows of. The National Dairy Shrine awards scholarships for different career interests and for students entering college, in their undergraduate education, or in graduate school as well.

2. Pay attention to eligibility.
Most scholarships have specific guidelines on who can apply for them. This may include year in school, major, career interests, or an affiliation with a club or organization. Contact the scholarship coordinator if you are unsure if you are eligible.

3. Apply multiple times.
If you are not awarded a scholarship after applying, it won’t hurt to submit your application again next year! A few scholarships are renewable, so you might have to resubmit your transcripts or letter of recommendations to get the scholarship again.

Scholarships are a great way to pay for college. In the table below is a listing of scholarships available to youth majoring agriculture or with a dairy background.

To view a list of college scholarships click this link www.hoards.com/flex-312-College-Scholarships.html.


Holstein Foundation Launched Career Resources

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., July 24, 2019 – The Holstein Foundation launched career resources designed to provide basic knowledge in a wide range of careers relating to the dairy industry. They are ideal for use by all ages, from junior dairy project members or leaders seeking reference materials.

The mission of the career resources is to help youth find a dairy-related career path that suits them best.

“We set out to help youth understand the wide variety of career opportunities in the dairy industry,” says Holstein Foundation Programs Manager Jodi Hoynoski. “We plan to expand these resources in the future to help them get the job they want too.”

Currently, 10 careers are outlined to fit a wide variety of interests. The Holstein Foundation will continue to expand the careers profiles offered and provide more resources on things like resumes and interviews.

All career descriptions can be downloaded free of charge from the website in a PDF format. With questions, contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124, or kdunklee@holstein.com. Visit http://www.holsteinfoundation.org/education/career_resources.html to download online for free.


American Agri-Women Foundation scholarships

Various scholarships with differing deadlines

American Agri-Women is the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women with more than 50 state, commodity and agribusiness affiliate organizations, united to communicate with one another and with other consumers to promote agriculture. AAW members have been advocating for agriculture since 1974

There are several different scholarships available. Each has a different entry deadline. Click on the following link to view foundation offerings. and Scholarship offerings

Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Applications Now Available

The Missouri State Fair and the Youth in Agriculture Committee are accepting applications for Youth in Agriculture scholarships for Missouri high school seniors graduating in 2021. The application form can be found on the Fair’s website. Applications should be submitted to the Missouri State Fair and must be postmarked by February 1, 2021. Applicants must submit an original copy of their application and three additional copies.

These scholarships are possible thanks to the gracious contributions of many individuals and companies supporting Youth in Agriculture. A total of 40 scholarships amounting to $68,500, the largest amount offered, will be awarded:
• one $5,000 platinum scholarship sponsored by Youth in Agriculture supporters,
• one $2,500 supreme scholarship sponsored by Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners/Sydenstricker Genetics,
• four $2,500 supreme scholarships sponsored by the Missouri State Fair Foundation,
• and thirty-four 1,500 scholarships sponsored by Youth in Agriculture supporters.

Applicants must be high school seniors and active members of Missouri 4-H or FFA, and have participated at least once as a 4-H or FFA exhibitor at the Missouri State Fair. Selected students must enroll (fall and/or spring semester immediately following graduation from high school) in an accredited community college, college or university in the state of Missouri. Applicants are not required to pursue a degree in agriculture, however, a five point bonus will be given to applicants pursuing a degree in agriculture during the selection process.

Click here for Scholarship Information Deadline February 1, 2021

DFA Scholarships and Internships Available

DFA Foundation awards scholarships to three categories of students: SCHOLARSHIPS
Incoming freshmen: High school seniors or recent graduates who have been accepted to college
Undergraduate students: Students who are currently participating in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program
Graduate/professional students: Students enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program

Click on each Opportunity below to read summary, qualifications, application deadline, etc.

DFA Scholarship Opportunities Deadline January 15, 2021

DFA Internship Opportunities Varies


Ozark Empire Fair Internship - Livestock Department

Are you or someone you know experienced with exhibiting livestock? Do you enjoy event management? Are you passionate about agricultural education? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we are looking for you to serve as an intern for the Ozark Empire Fair Livestock Department during the 2021 Summer. Details below regarding this exciting paid internship.

The purpose of this position is to assist the livestock director with livestock activities in preparation for and during the Gold Buckle Extravaganza and Ozark Empire Fair. Duties will include but are not limited to the following: responding to exhibitors’ inquiries, marketing and communications, assisting with agricultural education programs, show entry management, posting of show results, daily office duties, basic accounting, data entry and show day execution.

Qualified candidates may submit a cover letter and resume by February 5, 2021 to:
Cassie Reid, Livestock Director, Cassie@ozarkempirefair.com 417.833.2660
Click here for more information Deadline February 5, 2021


Future Junior!

Elijah James Wilson
Born: December 10, 2020
Parents: Scott and Jenna Wilson, Miller, MO
Elijah was 7lbs 5 oz, 19 in long
Proud Grandparents: Mike and Tina Wilson and Nancy and David Grace



December 11 Junior Award Deadline


January 1 Some Select Sires Internship deadline

January 2 Cow of the Year VOTING DEADLINE
Click here to Vote Online

January 15 DFA Scholarship deadline

January 15-16 State Holstein Convention
Lake Ozark, MO, Lodge at Port Arrowhead

February 1 2023 Futurity Entries Due
February 1 NHWSO Scholarship deadline




2020 Junior Officer Team:
Secretary - Lila Wantland; President: Blake Wright; Vice President - Whitney Yerina; Reporters - Molly Melzer, Sammi Justice, and Sophia Geppert

Missouri Junior Holstein Association Officers
Blake Wright, President
11449 Lawrence 2220, Verona, MO 65769
(417) 743-2921

Whitney Yerina, Vice President
15823 Merchant Dr, Phillipsburg, MO 65722

Lila Wantland, Secretary
1491 Macedonia Rd, Niangua, MO 65713
(417) 872-5543

Sammi Justice, SW Reporter
1294 Schupbach Rd, Clever, MO 65631
(417) 880-0165

Molly Melzer, WC Reporter
22215 S. Jefferson Pkwy, Harrisonville, MO 64701
(816) 289-3589

Sophia Geppert, NE Reporter
4728 Co Rd 240, Kingdom City, MO 65262
(573) 814-3148

Shannon Wilson-Kleiboeker, State Advisor
17077 Lawrence 1030, Wentworth, MO 64873
(417) 737-2876

Katie Wantland, Assistant Advisor
1491 Macedonia Rd, Niangua, MO 65713
(417) 872-5543


This is a statewide organization open to any boy or girl in Missouri under 21. It promotes Registered Holsteins and has 172 members. 
Dues are $5.00 per year per member. 
Click For Membership Form


  • Dairy Bowl, Public Speaking, Jeopardy, and building a banner for National Convention.

  • Judging at local, state and national levels.

  • Showing at local, state and national shows

  • Cow Camp


  • State Spring Show Awards

  • All-Missouri Junior Awards

  • Distinguished Jr. Member Award

  • Princess and Missouri Miss

  • Spring Show

  • Junior District Show Awards

  • All-Missouri

  • District Junior and Senior Member Awards

  • Princess Scholarship

  • Spring Classic Scholarship





  1. Jr. All-Missouri Points:  Juniors voted to continue the point system. The points are as follows:
    District Show — 16
    State Fair — 20 points
    First junior animal exhibited by a junior in each open class receives full points, with following places decreasing by 2 points each.  Again awards will be given per child instead of per class, and one award will be presented for partnership animals.
  2. Jr. Membership Fees due March 15: Membership form on main page to print or in Pulsator newsletter. It is important for juniors also to get their state dues paid on time, with the correct address, phone number and email address. This is the information we utilize to contact you throughout the year regarding awards, programs, activities, etc. We do not want you to miss out on an event because we did not have your accurate information. State membership fees are due by March 15. If your household only has junior members (no adult membership) then you might want to consider adding a Mid-States Magazine subscription for $5. A great way to stay connected.



Call or E-Mail me any time if you have questions about 
Missouri Junior Holstein activities. 
My address is shannonkleiboeker@hotmail.com
My home address is:
17077 Lawrence 1030, Wentworth, Missouri 64873.
Shannon Kleiboeker 417-737-2876
State Junior Holstein Chairman


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