Highlights of the 2013 Ohio 4-H Dairy Judging Contest

It only happens once a year, but the impact of this experience can last a lifetime. It is said that the surest path to positive self esteem is one that must be earned and learned to achieve success. The Ohio 4-H Dairy Judging Contest affords youth the opportunity to be challenged in an arena of cows when confident decisions must be made in a short amount of time and then defended later before mentors. Coaches and volunteers are afforded “sneak peaks” at this process and can feel rewarded that their efforts have been recognized.

On March 30 during Spring Dairy Expo, an overwhelming crowd of aspiring judges stepped onto the tanbark to test their skills. The finest dairy animals that breeders and exhibitors could offer were on parade. Also registered for the contest were teams from three neighboring states who were welcome to participate in an open division.

Literally, more than 100 volunteers were on hand to manage the event with efficiency. Buckeye Dairy Club Members and key alum capably and professionally managed the task of leading the animals clockwise, head to tail, and side by side. Neal Smith (AJCA) was poised at the announcer’s table to lead the timing and progression of movement and also provided some insightful comments for participants. Dairy enthusiasts/volunteers worked in and outside of the ring to collect scorecards and deliver those to a team of “seasoned” individuals in the scoring area. Before entering the three rings, officials (Larry Schirm, Lee Kohler and Julie Delavergne) were focused on the placings and creating the best questions for each class. This time also serves as a learning environment for those judges who have been on OSU teams and will now become the next generation of evaluators (John Langel, Rachel Foureman, and Neil Duncan). Also a special thanks to Noel and Robin Alden who assure that all animals will arrive on time and ready for the task at hand.

 

Highlights of the 2013 Ohio 4-H Dairy Judging Contest Individuals and Teams

 

High Overall Individuals (Intermediate and Senior)

1st: Brennan Topp, Wayne County

2nd: Corey Jodrey, Adams

3rd: Lee Hesler, Adams

4th: Hannah Dye, Mahoning

5th: Tanner Topp, Wayne

High Junior Individuals Overall:

1st: Marissa Topp, Wayne A

2nd: Alyssa Swick, Fairfield/Licking

3rd: Cole Pond, Champaign/Union/Logan

4th: Kelly See, Columbiana

5th: Clayton Lamb, Lorain

High Junior Individuals in Placings:

1st: Marissa Topp, Wayne A

2nd: Kelly See, Columbiana

3rd: Kenze Hoewischer, Champaign/Union/Logan

4th: Alyssa Swick, Fairfield/Licking

5th: Clayton Lamb, Lorain

High Junior Teams

1st: Wayne A (Marissa Topp, Logan Schlauch, Ashley Hawvermale, Denice Wolf)

2nd: Columbiana (Kelly See, Justin Coppersmith, Rachel Thompson, Isaac Thompson)

3rd: Union/Champaign/Logan (Cole Pond, Luke Jackson, Jeremy Ziegler, Trey Good)

4th: Fairfield/Licking (Alyssa Swick, Carson Walker, Dakota Paelson)

5th: Tuscarawas (Rachel Anderson, Kayla Scott, Tori Deam, Clay Scott

 

High Intermediate Individuals Overall:

1st: Brennan Topp, Wayne A

2nd: Lee Hesler, Adams

3rd: Lauren Almasy, Trumbull

4th: Emma Mathews, Clinton

5th: Daniel Wolfe, Stark B

High Intermediate Individuals in Placings:

1st: Daniel Wolfe, Stark

2nd: Lauren Almasy, Trumbull

3rd: Brennan Topp, Wayne A

4th: Lee Hesler, Adams

5th: Keith Barto, Trumbull

High Intermediate Individuals in Reasons:

1st: Brennan Topp, Wayne A

2nd: Lauren Hesler, Adams

3rd: Todd Gordon, Wayne B

4th: Sam Jackson, Champaign/Logan A

5th: Ian Lokai, Champaign/Logan A

High Intermediate Teams Overall:

1st: Trumbull (Lauren Almasy, Keith Barto, Billy Smith, Brent Ayers)

2nd: Wayne A (Brennan Topp, David Miley, Kierstyn Wood, Danielle Ballinger)

3rd: Champaign/Logan A (Ian Lokai, Sam Jackson, Rachel Lokai, Zane Wilkins)

4th: Champaign/Logan B (JD Nelson, Kris Ackley, Heath Starkey)

5th: Union/Madison (Sydney Good, Alexia Smith, Max Sayers, JT Lemmermen)

High Intermediate Teams in Reasons:

1st: Champaign/Logan A (Ian Lokai, Sam Jackson, Rachel Lokai, Zane Wilkins)

2nd: Wayne A (Brennan Topp, David Miley, Kierstyn Wood, Danielle Ballinger)

3rd: Wayne B (Austen Wood, Sara Wolf, Todd Gordon)

4th: Stark B (Nicole Cook, Lexi Maurer, Daniel Wolfe)

5th: Trumbull (Lauren Almasy, Keith Barto, Billy Smith, Brent Ayers)

 

High Senior Individuals Overall:

1st: Corey Jodrey, Adams

2nd: Hannah Dye, Mahoning

3rd: Tanner Topp, Wayne A

4th: Ethan Starkey, Champaign

5th: Kadey Starkey, Champaign

High Senior Individuals in Placings:

1st: Ethan Starkey, Champaign

2nd: Clay Hershberger, Tuscarawas

3rd: Corey Jodrey, Adams

4th: Hannah Dye, Mahoning

5th: Ellen Dicken, Delaware

High Senior Individuals in Reasons:

1st: Tanner Topp, Wayne A

2nd: Maurine Speight, Stark A

3rd: Ella Jackson, Champaign/Logan

4th: Macy Conrad, Pickaway

5th: Hannah Dye, Mahoning

High Senior Teams Overall:

1st: Adams (Corey Jodrey, Cody Jodrey, Noah Anderson, Robbie McCormick)

2nd: Champaign (Ethan Starkey, Kadey Starkey, Morgan Eades)

3rd: Mahoning (Hannah Dye, Levi Plocher, Ben Grammar, Christina Coler)

4th: Wayne A (Tanner Topp, Julie Gress, Diane Gress, Adam Miley)

5th: Trumbull A (Elijah Dobay, Louis Liming, Daniel Montgomery, Zane Lehmann)

High Senior Teams in Reasons:

1st: Mahoning (Hannah Dye, Levi Plocher, Ben Grammar, Christina Coler)

2nd: Wayne A (Tanner Topp, Julie Gress, Diane Gress, Adam Miley)

3rd: Trumbull A (Elijah Dobay, Louis Liming, Daniel Montgomery, Zane Lehmann)

4th: Adams (Corey Jodrey, Cody Jodrey, Noah Anderson, Robbi

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