Reynoldsburg, Ohio —David Chamberlain, President of the American Jersey Cattle Association, today announced the 40-member class for the second Jersey Youth Academy, July 17 to 22 in Columbus, Ohio.

“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,” Chamberlain explained. “At the same time, Academy challenges its participants to explore the broad range of career opportunities involving Jerseys and the dairy industry.

“These 40 young people from 17 states exemplify the many talented, interested Jersey youth in the United States that we want to encourage towards careers in the Jersey dairy business.”

The participants in the second Jersey Youth academy will be:

California: Kelli Carstensen, Petaluma; Jordan Dunn, Visalia; Rylin Lindahl, Visalia; Colin Russell, Hilmar; Natalie Sanders, Hilmar; and Theresa Sweeney, Visalia

Iowa: Kara Maxwell, Donahue

Maryland: Jessica Marie Sentelle, Jefferson

Massachusetts: Regina Grover, Bernardston; and Laura Mahoney, Plainville

Missouri: Tricia Jo Kirchdoerfer, Cape Girardeau; and Tyler Kirchdoerfer, Cape Girardeau

New York: Cassandra Chittenden, Schodack Landing; Katherine DeWitt, Accord; and Haley Ooms, Valatie

North Carolina: Steven Wetmore, Mt. Ulla

Ohio: Kira Andre, Wauseon; William D. Grammer, Sebring; and Erin Williams, McConnelsville

Oregon: Mariah Fjarlie, Tillamook; and Taryn Martin, Tillamook

Pennsylvania: Tucker Hardy, Belleville; Logan Karchner, Nescopeck; Jesse Kline, Chambersburg; Jaylene Lesher, Bernville; Amanda Mitcheltree, New Castle; Charlie Moyer, Roaring Branch; Maria Noble, Gillett; and Stacey Theobald, Waymart

Rhode Island: Alexandra LaPrise, Exeter

Tennessee: Tanner Barham, Calhoun; and Dylan Ellenburg, Morristown

Texas: Mitchell Gilpin, Hico

Vermont: Emily Wright, Bethel

Virginia: James Schultz (Trey) Huffard, Crockett

West Virginia: Mary Katherine Rawn, Charles Town

Wisconsin: Thomas Allen, Reedsburg; Sydney Endres, Lodi; Cassandra Krull, Lake Mills; and Charisse Orth, Stitzer

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, will be paid by the Academy.

The 2011 keynote address will be given by James Ahlem, vice-chair of Dairy Management Inc. and past-President of National All-Jersey Inc.

A highlight of the 2011 program will be an expanded “Meet the Deans” program, where the young people will meet 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.

Other confirmed speakers are Calvin Covington, former CEO of Southeast Milk Inc. and the USJersey organizations; Stan Erwine, Vice President of Producer Relations with Dairy Management Inc., and Francis Fluharty, Research Associate Professor, Ohio State University, and member of the AJCC Research Foundation advisory committee.

The Jersey Youth Academy is a 501(c)(3) private foundation. Contributors represent a broad spectrum of Jersey breeder and dairy industry support. The National Heifer Sale on June 25, 2011 in Arlington, Wis., will be an all-donation sale to complete the Academy endowment campaign.