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Taylor’s membership in the Merced County Jr. Holstein Associa- tion started when she was nine years old. She then joined the California Jr. Holstein Association in 2002. Jr. Advisor Kirsten Areias took Taylor under her wing and encouraged her to par- ticipate in the association’s activities and competitions, expos- ing Taylor to a whole new side of the dairy industry. Taylor ex- pressed in her application that “Dairy bowl has changed my life for the better.” Soon after being introduced to the worlds of dairy bowl and dairy jeopardy, Taylor fell in love with the idea of learning more about the Holstein cow and the industry that she is so passionate about. Since she started competing, Tay- lor has competed in numerous competitions, winning several


Camp, where members had the opportunity to socialize, learn about cows, and have fun over the summer. Taylor was the Cal- ifornia Jr. Holstein Association President for two terms and was the chair for the annual silent auction at their state convention for eight years. One of Taylor’s favorite tasks was to organize fundraisers to make all of these fun activities possible. Taylor is very grateful for the California Jr. Holstein Association for giving her all of these opportunities over the years. She stated in her application that “It [the Jr. Holstein Association] has given me a sense of direction in my life and a sense of belonging in this industry. Especially now that my family doesn’t dairy, I feel that the Holstein Association is my connection to that world.”


At Henry Miller Elementary Ag Day for a dairy princess visit.


awards including Reserve Champion as well as many recogni- tions at the national level. Competing in these competitions has given Taylor the opportunity to travel around the country, meet other members just as passionate as she is, and has over- all given her a better understanding about the industry and all that it represents.


At the 2010 California State Fair Gala where Taylor received the Overall State Fair Scholarship.


Currently, Taylor is attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she is majoring in dairy science. She hopes that after she finish- es her courses she will be able to do things like breed her own herd. After graduating, Taylor hopes to have a career in public relations for the dairy industry. Her goal is to help create a fac- tual image of the dairy industry for the public. Taylor hopes that by working in the dairy industry she can give back to the industry that has shaped her life. She also wants to combat the negative criticism that the dairy industry receives. Taylor hopes to make it possible for the consumers to know the whole truth about what a dairy farmer does. Congratulations to Taylor for being recognized as this year’s Distinguished Junior Member!


Kissing the cute baby calf.


Along with competing in dairy bowl and dairy jeopardy, Taylor was also very involved with other activities within the Jr. Hol- stein Association. She was an enthusiastic participant of Cow


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