Matthew's senior session was one of my favorites this year!
Not only did we capitalize on some beautiful fall weather and light we had a lot of fun in the process.
Matthew was another of this years "dairy scholarships", read his story below!
One of my favorite activities to participate in is dairy judging. In 2016, our team won the state 4-H dairy judging contest. That fall, we went on to win the National 4-H Judging Contest. I placed first overa ll in reasons and was the tenth overall individual. After winning the national contest, we judged internationally at the Royal Highland Show. I have also been involved in Dairy Bowl. I’ve participated on the 4-H and Dodge County Junior Holstein teams. One highlight was in 2016, when the Dodge County team won the Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Bowl Contest. Our team then had the opportunity to represent Wisconsin at the National 4-H Dairy Bowl Contest in Louisville, Kentucky.
I have also been very active in the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association. This past January I was elected to serve as a Junior Activities Committee member. I, along with seven other youth members, work to plan and coordinate both statewide and national events including Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention, Cow Camp, District Holstein Shows, Wisconsin State Championship Show, Midwest Spring National Holstein Show, and this year's National Junior Holstein Convention. Through thhis opportunity I have had the pleasure of meeting many new people and gaining many new leadership tools along the way.
This year, I am also the President of the Lakeside Lutheran FFA and have been Vice-President and Secretary the last two years. As an officer I work alongside our team to plan and run events including National FFA Week, monthly meetings, and a few other activities during the year. I helped to build our chapter from the ground up, as our chapter is only five years old, and is currently the only private school with an FFA chapter in the state. During my time in FFA, I have made it my priority to go out and reach new members and hold successful events that involve both our members and people in the community.