Three Ohio youth were part of the 40-member class for the second Jersey Youth Academy, July 17 to 22 in Columbus.
“Building upon AJCA programs initiated over 50 years ago, the Jersey Youth Academy is an in-depth educational program focused specifically on the Jersey cow and the Jersey business,” said David Chamberlain, president of the American Jersey Cattle Association. “At the same time, Academy challenges its participants to explore the broad range of career opportunities involving Jerseys and the dairy industry.
The Ohio participants in the second Jersey Youth Academy were: Kira Andre, Wauseon; William D. Grammer, Sebring; and Erin Williams, McConnelsville.
Selection was based on merit, motivation and preparation for the program as reflected in the written application and goal statement. Applications were reviewed by a committee appointed by Chamberlain and chaired by AJCA Director James Quist. All program costs, including round-trip transportation for participants, were paid by the Academy.
A highlight of the 2011 program was an expanded “Meet the Deans” program, where the young people met leaders from the Jersey community to gain their unique insights about the future of the dairy business with a specific focus on the Jersey cow.