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Local youths recognized by Wisconsin Holstein with awards
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MIDDLETON - Wisconsin Holstein announced the recipients of the 12 and Under, Younger Member and Distinguished Junior Member Recognition. These awards are given to junior members of the Wisconsin Holstein Association based on their involvement in the Holstein project and achievements throughout the year. Youth are recognized at the annual Wisconsin Junior Holstein Awards banquet in Middleton at the Madison Marriott West on Jan. 3.

Recognized as 12 and Under award winners are Ryan Smith and Kelsey Cramer. The Younger Member award winner is Tanya Smith.

• Ryan Smith, 11, son of Randall and Jane Smith, is a sixth grader at Monticello Middle School. He lives on a 240 acre dairy farm, Quad-R-Holsteins, with his parents and sisters, Kristen, Nicole and Tanya. He is an active member of Washington Center 4-H Club, Monticello FFA and Green County Junior Holsteins. His dairy activities include dairy bowl, dairy judging, and cow camp, and he has shown cattle at county, district and state shows. He enjoys showing cattle and helping on the farm, is involved in church activities, football, baseball and playing drums in the band.

• Kelsey Cramer, 11, daughter of Bob Jr. and Nikki Cramer, is in fifth grade. She has an older brother, Bryan and an older sister, Alyssa. She lives on a 76-acre farm in Juda and milks 50 cows. She helps out after school and on weekends by doing calf chores, pushing up feed and cleaning mangers. She is a member of the Spring Grove Honest Workers 4-H club and Green County Junior Holsteins. Her favorite activities are dairy bowl, dairy judging, showing calves, hanging out with her friends and family and playing her flute in the school band.

• Tanya Smith, 15, daughter of Randall and Jane Smith, lives on a 240 acre dairy farm, Quad-R-Holsteins, with her parents, sisters, Kristen and Nicole, and brother, Ryan. Tanya enjoys showing cattle at the county, district and state levels and enjoys dairy bowl and dairy promotion activities. She is an active member of the Green County Junior Holstein Association, Monticello FFA, and Washington Center 4-H. Tanya is in ninth grade and is on the honor roll, in volleyball, basketball, softball and band. She also participates in church activities, piano, and enjoys reading and babysitting.

For more information on the Wisconsin Holstein Association, call (800) 223-4COW or visit